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Tanks. A Lot.: "Fury" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:06

Brad Pitt in FuryFURY

Granted, I haven’t seen Birdman yet, but it’s hard to imagine any movie this year featuring a more kick-ass title character than the one in writer/director David Ayer’s Fury. A battered but still indomitable Sherman tank plowing through Nazi Germany at the tail end of World War II – its name imprinted, twice, on the tank’s cannon – Fury is both an amazing destructive force and a desperately needed safe haven for its five-man platoon. Our heroic tank also boasts more personality than any human on-screen, but in the case of this particular film, that’s relatively easy to forgive.

 
"Women & Children" First: "Men, Women & Children," "The Book of Life," "Meet the Mormons," "The Skeleton Twins," and "Venus in Fur" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 19 October 2014 14:56

Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler in Men, Women & ChildrenMEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

The single most definitive shot in director/co-writer Jason Reitman’s “Ee-e-eek! The Internet!” melodrama Men, Women & Children is one from the previews, in which Ansel Elgort trudges toward dozens of fellow high-schoolers, all of whom are so fixated on their phones that they can’t see anything, or anyone, directly in front of them.

 
From Rad to Worst: "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "Dracula Untold," "Addicted," and "The Judge" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 14:12

Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Elise or Zoey Vargas, Ferris Dorsey, and Ed Oxenbould in Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayFriday, October 10, 10:05 a.m.-ish: My latest quartet of screenings starts with an adaptation of the beloved children’s book Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It’s a shame that the title has already eaten up about half my word count, because I now have far less space in which to rave about this surprisingly fantastic family comedy whose unforced cheerfulness is matched by its completely unexpected wit.

 
So Bye Bye, Miss American Pike: "Gone Girl," "Left Behind," and "Annabelle" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:40

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone GirlGONE GIRL

David Fincher’s Gone Girl, adapted from screenwriter Gillian Flynn’s 2012 literary phenomenon, opened on Friday. I was tempted to compose this review under the headline “SPOILER ALERT!” just to make it absolutely clear that, to offer a thorough opinion, I’d be revealing elements of this suspense thriller that the uninitiated might not want revealed. But after a couple of days spent sitting on the experience, I’m not certain that going into the movie’s specifics is all that necessary, as long as (MODERATE-SPOILERS ALERT!) I’m allowed to say that (1) the role of Rosamund Pike’s titular Amy Dunne is a co-lead opposite Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne; (2) almost no scene featuring Amy reads as remotely believable; and (3) in the end, that doesn’t matter all that much.

 
Both Eyes for an Eye, a Jaw for a Tooth: "The Equalizer" and "The Boxtrolls" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:38

Denzel Washington in The EqualizerTHE EQUALIZER

As he did, to great acclaim and an Oscar victory, in director Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day, Denzel Washington plays a psychopath in Fuqua’s new action thriller The Equalizer. And the most interesting thing about the movie – in truth, the only interesting thing about this laughably earnest, resoundingly foolish endeavor – is that none of its on- or off-screen participants seems to realize it.

 
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