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Thanksgiving Feast: "Victor Frankenstein," "The Good Dinosaur," "Brooklyn," "Creed," "Trumbo," and “Room" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 29 November 2015 21:00

Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in BrooklynAmidst time spent with friends and family and copious amounts of food, I caught three double-features over three successive days during Thanksgiving week. And as the end credits rolled on my sixth screening, I realized that the area debuts collectively formed something really unusual for this particular holiday period: a six-course meal with a complete absence of turkeys.

Now Playing: Wednesday, November 25, through Thursday, December 3 PDF Print E-mail
Now Playing
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:00

CreedFor show schedule information, visit:

FilmScene, Iowa City

Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Iowa City

Putnam Museum, Davenport

Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline


(Hyperlinked titles take you to Mike Schulz's full reviews; the IMDb hyperlinks take you to the films' Internet Movie Database pages.)

All the News That’s Unfit for Print: "Spotlight," "Secret in Their Eyes," and "The Night Before" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 22 November 2015 16:25

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in SpotlightSPOTLIGHT

Spotlight, director/co-writer Thomas McCarthy’s dramatic procedural exploring the events leading to the Boston Globe’s 2002 exposé on sexual abuse within the Catholic church, isn’t much to look at. Its color palette is generally restricted to sallow browns and grays, and even under the fluorescent illumination of the Globe offices, the air is heavy with an oppressive pall. A man racing down a courthouse hallway is the closest the film comes to an action sequence. One montage is devoted solely to journalists scanning address directories with rulers. And to my eyes, Spotlight – scene by scene, minute by minute – still emerges as the least boring movie of the year.

Have Fun Storming the Capitol!: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:57

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2

Along with a few dozen other, much younger viewers, I caught Wednesday’s double-feature of concluding Hunger Games installments, even if my reasons for attending were likely far different from anyone else’s. (I really just wanted to lighten my weekend workload and have an excuse to see Philip Seymour Hoffman on the big screen two more times instead of one.) But while I didn’t join in my fellow patrons’ applause at the close of the awkwardly titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, I was happier with this entry than any since 2012’s original, and was glad to have preceded it with Part 1, because it turned out I needed the refresher.

Miner Catastrophe: "The 33," "Suffragette," and "Love the Coopers" PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:06

Lou Diamond Phillips and Antonio Banderas in The 33THE 33

Even if you can’t recall the event’s salient details, you likely remember the Chilean mine disaster that led the international news cycle for weeks in 2010, and that has now inspired director Patricia Riggen’s The 33. But as this strong, heartfelt film’s tension is built almost entirely on those salient details, it’s hard to determine, in describing the story, exactly what about this five-year-old true tale should be considered a spoiler. Do you remember, for instance, how long the 33 miners were trapped before anyone even knew they were alive? How many days it took after that for rescue teams to excavate them? How many of the 33 actually perished underground?

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