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Crock and Bull Story: "The Longest Ride," "Woman in Gold," and "Wild Tales" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Saturday, 11 April 2015 15:37

Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in The Longest RideTHE LONGEST RIDE

I don’t mean to alarm you, but this past Friday, a seismic event occurred at national cineplexes: A movie based on one of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic melodramas opened, and not once – not once! – did its dewy young lovers wind up kissing in the rain.

 
The Fortune of Wheels: "Furious 7" and "Freetown" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 03 April 2015 14:32

Vin Diesel in Furious 7FURIOUS 7

Under ordinary circumstances, if you’d missed the first six installments in a particular film franchise, I’d never suggest starting your introduction with the seventh. But the circumstances surrounding the Fast & the Furiouses, including the series’ new outing Furious 7, are hardly ordinary – and not simply because most film franchises don’t have seven installments.

 
Lay It Forward: "It Follows," "Get Hard," and "Home" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Saturday, 28 March 2015 16:22

Jake Weary and Maika Monroe in It FollowsIT FOLLOWS

Any horror fan who came of age with Halloween, Friday the 13th, and their many sequels knows the ironclad rule regarding imperiled teens: If they have sex, they’re gonna die. So maybe you’ll have to be of a certain generation – or have an affinity for a certain breed of shocker – to get the most from It Follows, writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s intensely witty, pretty damned scary tale of a young woman diagnosed with a literally murderous, and ambulatory, STD.

 
The Woods Beckon: Bluebox Films’ "Nightlight," Available on VOD March 27 PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:16

Shelby Young in NightlightOnly six actors appear in writers/directors Scott Beck’s and Bryan Woods’ supernatural thriller Nightlight, and the film’s most inventive performance, by a considerable margin, is given by its lead. That this lead isn’t actually one of the aforementioned six – and is, in fact, an inanimate object – isn’t quite the detriment you’d think.

 
Dire to Be Different: "Insurgent," "Do You Believe?", and The Gunman" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 22 March 2015 16:46

Theo James, Shailene Woodley, and Miles Teller in InsurgentINSURGENT

As was destined to happen at my well-attended-by-teenage-girls screening of Insurgent, I heard plenty of nervous titters when Shailene Woodley and Theo James finally unzipped their faux X-Men garb and got (PG-13) busy with one another, and solemn silence during most of the rest of this tear-stained, thematically pushy action adventure. But I did hear one other occasional sound, because nearly every time Miles Teller opened his mouth for a throwaway retort or vicious insult, the girls in my crowd laughed, and were completely right to. As Teller’s Peter is an eternal thorn in our heroes’ sides and a grade-A prick to boot – a character you’d presume more deserving of hisses than giggles – this was somewhat surprising. It was also hugely cheering. Those teen patrons may have collectively enjoyed the rampaging mediocrity of this Divergent sequel, but they also, just maybe, recognized true greatness when they saw it.

 
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