All posts by Mike Smith

  • William Forsythe

    We traded blizzard stories (I was in the middle of one when we spoke and he had just dug himself out of one the week...

  • Mike talks Oscars 2013!

    Affleck and company climbed back atop the Oscar mountain last night when "Argo," which Affleck also produced with Grant Heslov and George Clooney, took home...

  • Snitch

    If you’ve ever flown you’ve heard the great words of advice that greet you through the airport loudspeaker: “Don’t offer to carry something in your...

  • ‘Snitch’ Review : Behold Dwayne Johnson’s best performance to date

    A smart story that only begins to unravel at the end, says Moviehole's Mike Smith

  • Broken Roads

    I’m sure I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. One of the pleasures of this job is getting the chance to take a look...

  • ‘Identity Thief’ review : Bateman and McCarthy save one-joke movie

    Though I don’t see another nomination coming here, McCarthy continues to shine in the new film “Identity Thief.”

  • Identity Thief

    I can only imagine what it was like to go to a movie during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Long before television, home video and...

  • Side Effects

    An empty room. On the floor, a set of bloody footprints. Fade to black. Martin (Channing Tatum) has just been released from prison where he...

  • ‘Side Effects’ Review : An old-fashioned suspense thriller

    Soderbergh's latest gives you just enough clues to stay in the game but never reveals enough to get you to drop your guard

  • ‘Bullet to the Head’ Review : Stallone/Hill teaming won’t disappoint

    “Bullet to the Head” isn’t just a clever name…the film has a pretty hefty death count with the bullets pretty much hitting everywhere! ...

  • Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters 3D

    Of course, like me, you remember the story of Hansel and Gretel. Two kids lost in the forest find a house made of candy, go...

  • Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters 3D‘ Review : Tongue-in-Cheek Fun!

    I can see this movie spawning a great drinking game once it comes out on DVD – everyone takes a drink when they hear the...

  • The Last Stand Review : Schwarzenegger still knows how to hit his mark

    Smoothly directed and featuring characters that rise above being one dimensional, “The Last Stand” could be an old episode of “Gunsmoke,” with its theme of...

  • The Last Stand

    There must be something in the water in California. In 1967, actor Ronald Reagan began the first of two terms as Governor. In 2003, actor...

  • Promised Land

    Small-town America isn’t what it used to be. With farms shutting down and the big stores coming in the thing most people end up with...

  • Your Sister’s Sister

    As a group of friends gather to remember their friend, Tom, tensions begin to build. Gone a year, it’s obvious that Tom meant a lot...

  • Charles Durning (1923 – 2012)

    Charles Durning, a highly decorated World War II vetaran and Oscar nominated actor, passed away today due to natural causes. He was 89. Born on...

  • Jack Reacher

    I apologize in advance if these first paragraphs seem “preachy.” But I feel strong enough about what I’m going to write that I must include...

  • Back to 1942

    In the winter of 1942 a terrible drought came over the Henan province in China. The drought, combined with a locust invasion and the continued...

  • Lincoln

    January 1865. Having just won re-election to a second term as president, Abraham Lincoln is greeting soldiers, black and white, at an encampment. The black...

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Let’s say you come home early and are surprised to find your wife in the shower. With another man. What would you do? If you’re...

  • Mike pays tribute to the late, great Larry Hagman

    Larry Hagman, who will forever be remember for his portrayal of one of television’s best loved (and hated) characters, died this week after a bout...

  • The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn Part II

    It’s over. Finally. The epic vampire meets girl, girl meets vampire, wolf-boy takes his shirt off a lot adventures known as “The Twilight Saga” has...

  • Skyfall

    One of the things you learn as a film critic is to always hedge your bets. Which is why, six years ago this month, I...

  • Flight

    It’s been almost four years since airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed his crippled jet safely on the Hudson River. Ever since that day, whenever...

  • Chasing Mavericks

    What do you get when you pair two of Hollywood’s best directors, a talented leading man and a tale that assures audiences it’s based on...

  • The Master

    April Fool! A couple of years ago the world thought Joaquin Phoenix had slowly gone crazy. He grew a wild beard and declared himself through...

  • Ashley and Mike take a look at Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

    Ashley and Mike take a look at Timmy B's latest dark-paletted masterpiece "Frankenweenie".

  • The Dictator

    When a film opens with a dedication to the late Korean leader Kim Jong Il you know you’re going to be taking a politically incorrect...

  • 10 Years

    In what is sure to be remembered as “the year of Channing Tatum,” a smaller budgeted film he did last year (it played the 2011...