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In Praise of Renee Zellweger: "Nurse Betty" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 September 2000 18:00

Renee Zellweger in Nurse BettyNURSE BETTY

It’s one of the iconic movie moments of the ’90s: Renee Zellweger, as Dorothy Boyd, responding to husband Jerry Maguire’s declaration of love with a throaty “You had me at hello.” It was at that point that audiences everywhere lost it, not just because of the perfection of the line itself, but because Zellweger delivered it with such vulnerability and delicacy that it was emotionally overwhelming; you not only wanted to reach out to her, you wanted to hug her and not let go.

 
Finally! A Great Movie! (And Two More Crummy Ones...): "The Original Kings of Comedy," "The Cell," and "Bless the Child" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 August 2000 18:00

D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, and Bernie Mac in The Original Kings of ComedyTHE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY

If The Original Kings of Comedy, the filmed preservation of the wildly popular comedy revue, were merely as funny as it is, it would probably stand as the best American movie of the year so far. But director Spike Lee has done something incredibly savvy with the project. Aided by the terrific editor Barry Alexander Brown, Lee has given the material true cinematic fluidity. The editing rhythms are all right on, the camera is always right where it should be to give the performers their biggest laughs (and it seems that Lee has about a hundred different cameras at his disposal), and there are just enough segments with the performers joshing and relaxing off-stage to give the film true dimension; we’re aware that their stand-up personas only hint at who they are.

 
It's Been a Long, Bad Summer: A 2000 Recap PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 22 August 2000 18:00

THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE – One of the few really entertaining releases of the summer, and of course, almost no one has seen it. In this update of the popular TV cartoon, director Des McAnuff and his screenwriters have a field day with the film’s escalating series of verbal puns and visuals riffs, and there are enjoyable turns by the likes of Robert De Niro, Rene Russo (born to play Natasha), and Piper Pearbo. While the film’s roster of guest stars yields little humor, and it doesn’t hold a candle to the frenzied delirium of the TV show, there are numerous laugh-out-loud funny moments, and when you’re not laughing, you’re likely to be smiling.

 
Everything Old Is...Old Again: "Coyote Ugly" and "The Replacements" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 17 August 2000 18:00

LeAnn Rimes and Piper Perabo in Coyote UglyCOYOTE UGLY and THE REPLACEMENTS

Most genre flicks in the ’80s were pretty crummy, but what absolutely terrifies me is that now, on the verge of a new millennium, we’re actually being presented with homages to the crummy movies of that decade: Coyote Ugly, from uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a nod to the Jerry-produced smash Flashdance, and The Replacements is a paean to professional-doofus sports movies like Major League and Necessary Roughness, with Gene Hackman on hand to remind us of the coach he played in 1986’s Hoosiers.

 
Sci-fi Misfires: "Space Cowboys" and "Hollow Man" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 08 August 2000 18:00

Tommy Lee Jones and Clint Eastwood in Space CowboysSPACE COWBOYS

There’s so much goodwill invested in Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys, mostly stemming from its venerable and accomplished cast, that I feel like a killjoy for saying that the movie itself is really mediocre.

 
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