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A Critic’s Guide to the 2002 Oscar Nominees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 February 2002 18:00
ALI (in theatres): Covering Muhammad Ali’s personal and professional life from 1964 to 1974, Michael Mann’s biopic has everything except what it can’t live without: a reason for being. You really have no better understanding of Ali after seeing the film than you had before; director Mann, along with his topnotch cast and crew, has dedicated an enormous amount of time, money, and talent to a technically adept yet vacuous experience.

 
The Movies of 2001: An Incomplete Wrap-Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 December 2001 18:00
Compiling a cinematic Best of the Year list is always tricky business when the article is due before Christmas and you live outside of New York, L.A., and Chicago; while national critics are extolling the merits of Lord of the Rings, Ali, and Black Hawk Down, I find myself thinking, “Hmmm .

 
Oscar Race 2002: A Sneak Peek PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 November 2001 18:00
Normally, at this time of year, friends will ask me what films and performances I think will be nominated for Oscars in February, and they gladly offer opinions of their own; this year, they ask me because they really don’t have a clue.

 
Summer 2001 Looks . . . Distressingly Familiar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 May 2001 18:00
For the past five years, I’ve written an annual coming-attractions article, detailing 10 summer movies that I was most anticipating. With roughly 50 major relases scheduled for the next 12 weeks, does it say more about me, or the current state of Hollywood films, that this year I can only muster up proper enthusiasm for eight of them? Sure, everyone’s curious about Pearl Harbor, and most are at least vaguely interested in seeing what Moulin Rouge is all about (both of which I’ll analyze in the next issue of The Reader).

 
Oscar Race 2001 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 March 2001 18:00
From the “Isn’t it ironic?” department: After the 1999 movie year, which was widely considered to be one of film’s best in decades, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scienes produced its weakest Best Picture slate in ages, while this year, generally considered to be a nadir for film in general, the Academy has chosen its finest roster of Best Picture candidates since at least 1993.

 
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