All posts by Mike Smith

  • 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...

  • Taken 2

    What do you do after you’ve rescued your daughter from sex traffickers in Paris, killing pretty much everyone in your sight to do it? If...

  • End of Watch

    A high speed pursuit leads to a deadly shootout with a quartet of gang bangers, captured clearly on the police car’s video camera. Just another...

  • The Woman in Black

    England in the 1900s. Three little girls are playing in the attic. They are suddenly joined by a ghostly vision. Without hesitation, the three children...

  • Jeff Who Lives At Home

    Meet Jeff (Segel). Like the title of the movie says, he lives at home. In his mother’s basement. He spends his days smoking pot and...

  • Act of Valour

    I have a confession to make here. During my entire time in the U.S. Army I feared for my life for exactly 5 hours. I...

  • The Way

    This past weekend my wife and I attended an engagement party for our son. While there I did the “dad” thing and contemplated the last...

  • The Words

    An author (Dennis Quaid) approaches a podium before a packed house. He announces the title of the book he’s just written, “The Words,” and begins...

  • Hit & Run

    Charlie Bronson (Shepard) and his girlfriend, Annie, (Bell) lie in bed, making the kind of promises only people in love make. A loud car outside...

  • Premium Rush

    There are 1500 bicycle messengers on the street in Manhattan every day. At least that is what we’re told in the opening narration of “Premium...

  • Sparkle

    In 1968 Detroit, if you wanted to make it big as a singer you tried your luck at the Discovery Club. A place that gives...

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    If you spent any time watching the 2008 Summer Olympics you most probably saw the amazing art work of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (pronounced “Eye...

  • Battleship

    “H-7. Hit. B-7. Miss. H-8. Hit. You sunk my Battleship!” If you grew up in the 1970s you remember the television commercial about the two...

  • Hope Springs

    Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Jones) have been married for 31 years. Their daily routines have become just that…routine. Kay rises early to make Arnold’s breakfast...

  • Total Recall

    Remember the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Total Recall?” Remember Mars, three breasted women, little Kuato and Arnie’s hilarious one-liners (“consider that a divorce!”)? Well, if you’re...

  • The Watch

    Remember those old commercials for Certs? “It’s a breath mint,” they’d say. No, “it’s a candy mint.” It was really “two…two…two mints in one.” I...

  • Ice Age : Continental Drift

    Of all of the popular series of computer animated films that have come along in the past decade plus, I’ve always felt that the “Ice...

  • Andy Griffith dead at the age of 86

    Famous for playing that of small town sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show."

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    Even in this age of Hollywood re-boots, it seems odd that, only five years after “Spider-man 3,” a new Spidey-flick, with a new, but familiar,...

  • Mike found The Amazing Spider-Man to be good, sticky fun!

    “Amazing Spider-Man?” Not quite. But he’s certainly more than capable to keep the franchise going

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Oskar Schell got out of school early that day. He went home and saw several messages on the family answering machine. Turning on the television...

  • The Grey

    Way up in the Alaskan frontier, a group of men work on an oil pipeline. Unseen by all is Ottway (Neeson), whose only job is...

  • The Three Stooges

    In 1930, a film called “Soup to Nuts” was released. Though it didn’t break box office records it is best remembered for one great achievement:...

  • Hoosiers

    In 1954 the basketball team from the small town of Milan, Indiana, led by Bobby Plump, achieved the ultimate Cinderella-story ending when it captured the...

  • My Week with Marilyn

    There are some things that can never be explained. In Hollywood, actors are a dime a dozen. But there are very few STARS. And one...