Mike McGranaghan

Mike McGranaghan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I started doing movie reviews in 1986, when I joined the staff of my high school newspaper and won several Keystone awards (the Keystone award is the highest honor given to high school journalists in Pennsylvania). That was all the encouragement I needed to continue. While still in college, I became the film critic for two central Pennsylvania newspapers: The Selinsgrove Times-Tribune and The Middleburg Post. I stayed with those papers for five years. In 1995, I became film critic of Gamut! - an online magazine devoted to entertainment. My website (www.aisleseat.com) is an off-shoot of that magazine. Additionally, I am the on-air film critic for Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, which operates three central PA radio stations. My reviews run weekly.
Favorites:
Favorite Films - The Brothers McMullen, JFK, Fletch, Do the Right Thing, Chasing Amy, Fargo, The Blair Witch Project
Favorite Directors - Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Edward Burns, Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, the Farrelly Brothers, the Coen Brothers, John Waters, Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Best of All Time: Schindler's List
Worst of All Time: Caligula
Publications: Aisle Seat, Film Racket
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Official Websites: aisleseat.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 82% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is one of those movies that probably needs to be seen twice in order to fully absorb its themes. Fortunately, it's something you'd want to see more than once. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) An appealing celebration of a musical artist who can literally sing anything and knock your socks off. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
1/4 40% The Wedding Year (2019) Within just a few minutes, the movie establishes that it's going to be artificial, predictable, and shallow - and then it proceeds to follow through on that promise. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Few films have ever humanized sex workers the way Hustlers does. By doing so, the story, which is inspired by real events, manages to tap into something surprisingly powerful. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Riot Girls (2019) Ambitious and cool, but also a tiny bit lacking in one key area. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 58% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) A compelling look at Liam's Gallagher's desire to reclaim mass popularity under some new, healthier terms -- while still leaving his trademark give-no-effs approach to life intact. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Clever, hilarious, and deeply, deeply satisfying. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/4 70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) While it lacks the revelatory impact of its predecessor, this follow-up is still informative, entertaining, and slightly disturbing. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) IT Chapter Two is, in many respects, a very different film from its predecessor, but what the story gets at thematically is an effective fulfillment of what has already been established. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) You probably won't be blown away, although you definitely won't be bored, either. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
1/4 19% Killerman (2019) Killerman is one of those movies where the characters are perpetually in a crisis state, so they yell rather than converse. If you removed all the dialogue that is shouted, the film would probably be an hour shorter. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It feels like overkill. Too many under-developed characters populate the story, too many plot points are crammed in, and the special effects are bludgeoning. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
2/4 71% The Banana Splits (2019) When it's doing what it's supposed to do, The Banana Splits Movie has some definite novelty value. Unfortunately, that's only about 50% of the time, tops. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
0.5/4 18% The Fanatic (2019) The Fanatic is one of the worst films of the year. It's also one of the most entertaining films of the year, albeit not in any of the ways it's trying to be. On the John Travolta scale, it makes Gotti look like Goodfellas. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) The film spotlights a very real problem too many children are forced to deal with, in a manner that rattles you while still providing the entertainment value that comes from watching a skillfully-made work. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 85% Friedkin Uncut (2019) This is a documentary any serious film buff needs to see. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) Getting the mixture of raunchy and sweet right can be difficult. Good Boys generally succeeds. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) With intellectually engaging subject matter and an innovative style that adds to the mystique, this is a movie any documentary fan will want to see and form their own opinion about. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) Tackling unconventional material via 2-D hand-drawn animation sets the picture apart. Nothing else quite like it exists. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 43% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) A crazy, fast-paced, make-you-jump, shark-a-palooza. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) For wherever the film falters, it at least gives us three strong performances and a subversive, slyly funny feminist message that says women can do anything as well as men, including organized crime. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/4 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) This is "fun" horror for teens (and adults) that features some legitimately spooky sights, yet nothing that could be described as traumatizing. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Hopeful movies like this are just what we need right now. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) Good performances in a story that keeps you invested, even if it never entirely blows you away. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 93% Luce (2019) Luce is an intelligent, provocative film you'll absolutely want to see and discuss. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
1/4 48% Ode to Joy (2019) Ode to Joy is about a man with a disease that causes him to pass out whenever he experiences pleasure. He'd be safe seeing this movie. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The movie is like cotton candy, in that it evaporates as you're consuming it and there's no sustenance. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) A Good Woman Is Hard to Find has the perfect marriage of a director who knows how to generate suspense and an actress capable of delivering a knockout, three-dimensional performance. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) This is a beautiful meditation on the desire to maintain simplicity in an increasingly complicated world. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 95% Harpoon (2019) Anyone with a messed-up sense of humor and an interest in examining how low people can stoop in stressful situations will find plenty to enjoy. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 100% Extra Ordinary (2019) Hilarious, occasionally gory, and oddly sweet, this is one of the year's comedic highlights. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/4 89% Depraved (2019) A stylish, intelligent riff on Frankenstein that engages your mind and your senses equally. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet White Snake (2019) One of the most beautiful animated features I've ever seen. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's most self-indulgent film. In this case, though, self-indulgence is not a bad thing. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 59% Satanic Panic (2019) There's a brain in its head to match the mischievous spirit in its soul. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius (2019) An entertaining overview of an intentionally wacky underground phenomenon. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
75% Knives and Skin (2019) Just as no one can do Airplane!-style comedy like the guys who made Airplane!, no one can do David Lynch like David Lynch. Knives and Skin tries just a little too hard to do David Lynch. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 83% Porno (2019) It's extreme and not for the easily offended. And you know what else? It's totally freaking awesome. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 82% Crawl (2019) The bloody, fast-paced Crawl is never going to be added to the Criterion Collection. The movie is, however, exploitation fare of the highest order. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Wickedly funny and undeniably relevant. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber doesn't reinvent the wheel; it does, however, execute a well-worn formula successfully by putting a timely spin on the general premise of mismatched partners having an adventure. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 65% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) This is an entertaining look at one of the most prominent sports figures of our time, and it's packed with breathtaking surfing footage. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Maron, Bell, Watkins, and Bass make a winning team, playing off one another with consummate skill. They create a comic rhythm that is a pleasure to get lost in. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
59% Trespassers (2019) Slick and suspenseful, albeit a tad shallow. I would recommend it as a VOD rental, where you're only paying a couple of bucks. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/4 83% Midsommar (2019) Imagine an Ingmar Bergman film with moments of graphic violence and freaky sexuality thrown in and you can begin to approximate what this extraordinary work is like. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Getting out from under the weight of the 400-pound gorilla that is Avengers: Endgame may take some viewers a little time. Once you do, it becomes clear that this is a very good Marvel picture with some fresh new ideas. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Don't demand too much logic. Just enjoy the music and the fantasy element and you'll have a terrific time. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 58% Ophelia (2019) Puts a lively twist on one of the Bard's most tragic characters. Daisy Ridley does first-rate work. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 98% Maiden (2019) You'll be cheating yourself if you miss this enthralling film. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/4 37% The Green Inferno (2015) A nerve-rattling, hard-to-shake-off cannibal chiller. - Aisle Seat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019