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Catch Me If You Can: "The Brave One" and "Mr. Woodcock" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:45

Jodie Foster in The Brave OneTHE BRAVE ONE

For what is essentially a lurid revenge thriller, Neil Jordan's The Brave One is fascinatingly complex ... for a while.

 
Moral Minority: "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Brothers Solomon" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 02:28

Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma3:10 TO YUMA

James Mangold's dramatic Western 3:10 to Yuma, the remake of a Glenn Ford oater from a half-century ago, is a tough, effective, frequently powerful piece of work. Yet despite its authentic period design and supremely intelligent performances, it feels a little lightweight; a few hours after seeing it, you may not remember much about the experience except having had a good time. Especially considering Hollywood output of late, 3:10 to Yuma is hardly a disappointment, but for all of its thematic richness, the movie is rather generic - it's a modern-day action blockbuster in Old West attire. The film is everything except moving, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Mangold desperately wants it to be.

 
Make ’Em Laugh: "Shoot 'Em Up" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 02:27

Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen in Shoot 'Em UpSHOOT 'EM UP

Frequently unpleasant and almost pathologically violent, Michael Davis' action thriller Shoot 'Em Up is a joke, and the film's biggest detriment is that is takes too long for it to be an intentional one.

 
Rotted Pumpkin: “Halloween” and “Balls of Fury” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 02:33

Tyler Mane in HalloweenHALLOWEEN

On the list of 1970s horror films that absolutely, positively did not demand a remake, John Carpenter's spare, suggestive, and deeply frightening Halloween would have to place right near the top. If, however, a 21st Century revamp was inevitable (and, Hollywood being Hollywood, it was), I would have thought Rob Zombie the ideal choice for the task, as the director's House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects were relentless, darkly funny, and unapologetically nasty entertainments with a low-rent style that captured the spirit of '70s exploitation terror to perfection. Who better suited to bring Michael Myers back to life?

Having seen Zombie's offering, I'm thinking the answer might be: just about anyone else.

 
Dog Days: “The Nanny Diaries,” “Resurrecting the Champ," "September Dawn," and "Mr. Bean's Holiday" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 05 September 2007 02:32

Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney in The Nanny DiariesTHE NANNY DIARIES

There are two wholly different films at war in Shari Springer Berman's and Robert Pulcini's The Nanny Diaries, and unfortunately, the wrong one wins.

 
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