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Hughes Ruse: “Easy A,” “Devil,” and “Alpha & Omega” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 19 September 2010 14:40

Emma Stone in Easy AEASY A

With the release of The Town, Ben Affleck’s directorial career, in my opinion, now boasts a two-for-two success ratio. So does Will Gluck’s, who follows last year’s hilarious (and sadly under-praised) male-cheerleader parody Fired Up! with the current, also hilarious ’80s-teen-flick parody Easy A. It’s no doubt too soon – and maybe even too ridiculous – to ask this, but is it possible that Gluck is our long-awaited heir apparent to Christopher Guest?

 
The Blunder Years: "Flipped," "16 to Life," and "Resident Evil: Afterlife" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 12 September 2010 13:47

Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe in FlippedFLIPPED

Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stand by Me told us that we’ll never have better, more meaningful friends than the ones we had when we were 12. His new film, Flipped, tells us that we’ll never have better, more meaningful romances than the ones we had when we were 12. It’s touching, if a little sad, that it’s all apparently been downhill for the director since hitting his teen years, but does Reiner’s nostalgic yearning somehow excuse his latest for being so bland, saccharine, and childish? Set just a few years after Reiner’s summer-of-’59 hit, Flipped is like Stand by Me without profanity, dirty jokes, unforced camaraderie, and Kiefer Sutherland. In other words, it’s just a stone’s throw away from utterly excruciating.

 
The Too-Quiet American: “The American,” “Going the Distance,” “Machete,” and “The River Is Life” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 06 September 2010 13:44

George Clooney in The AmericanThere's so much that's impressive about The American that I feel somewhat guilty for briefly nodding off, twice, during the course of the film. But in my defense - and unlike the gentleman sitting in the row ahead of me - I'm at least reasonably sure I didn't snore.

 
Devilish Fun: "The Last Exorcism," "Get Low," and "Takers" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:09

Ashley Bell in The Last ExorcismTHE LAST EXORCISM

For the majority of its length, The Last Exorcism is a hell of a good time. I'd love to say that's because the movie is terrifying, but it isn't, really; the biggest jolt you're likely to experience comes in the first 20 minutes, when a teen unexpectedly hits a car's rear window with a rock. Yet until it goes seriously off the rails in its final third, director Daniel Stamm's low-tech scare flick is clever and engrossing (without being all that gross), and it boasts a protagonist who's something unique for his genre: a funny, friendly sort whom you're still aching to see get what's coming to him.

 
Kings of the Hills: "Restrepo," Opening Friday, September 3, at Rave Motion Pictures Davenport 53 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:00

scene from RestrepoRestrepo would be supremely noteworthy even if it weren't a documentary on modern warfare in Afghanistan that somehow found its way to a Quad Cities cineplex.

 
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