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No Rescue from These Flawed Films: "Proof of Life" and "Vertical Limit" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 December 2000 18:00

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe in Proof of LifePROOF OF LIFE

Proof of Life, the kidnapping drama by director Taylor Hackford, stars David Morse as Peter Bowman, an American engineer living near the Andes who gets abducted by a group of Latin American revolutionaries convinced that Bowman’s dam-building project is an insidious political maneuver.

Sneak Peek: The 2001 Oscar Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 December 2000 18:00
With no new releases opening this past weekend, and faced with the prospect of reviewing 102 Dalmatians (it took all my endurance just to sit through the first lovable, live-action canine opus), I decided to instead look to a brighter future: next year’s potential Academy Award nominations.

"Unbreakable" Fails to Build on Promise -- or Premise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 28 November 2000 18:00

Samuel L. Jackson in UnbreakableUNBREAKABLE

You gotta give M. Night Shymalan credit: The man gives great preview. Though it’s impossible to determine just how much of a hand he had in creating the theatrical trailer for his new thriller Unbreakable, by the time the words “from the writer/director of The Sixth Sense” hit the screen, they’re completely superfluous; a mere 30 seconds in, you know it couldn’t possibly be the work of anyone else.

Giving Romantic Comedy a "Bounce": Also, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stone Christmas" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 November 2000 18:00

Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow in BounceBOUNCE

Writer-director Don Roos might never be a great filmmaker – his staging is obvious in that Kevin Smith way (a lot of two-shots of characters talking) and there’s no real visual life on display. But he’s wonderful with actors, and he has a great ear for dialogue, writing realistic lines that can flip in a moment’s notice to something truly comic or poignant.

The Billy Club: "Billy Elliot" and "Men of Honor" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 November 2000 18:00

Jamie Bell in Billy ElliotBILLY ELLIOT

Billy Elliot, the British coming-of-age comedy/drama that has finally opened wide after a successful art-house run, is for anyone who longs to see a strong, simple story finely detailed and exquisitely performed.

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