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The Crash of 29: “The Age of Adaline," "Little Boy," and "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 26 April 2015 15:54

Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively in The Age of AdalineTHE AGE OF ADALINE

In director Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a 29-year-old who, following a supernatural accident involving a car crash and a bolt of lightning, goes through life never again aging a day, and 82-year-old Ellen Burstyn plays her daughter. You may recall that Burstyn also recently portrayed Matthew McConaughey’s elderly daughter in Interstellar. If this is the continuation of a trend for the magnificent actress, I’m really hoping she keeps acting for another decade or more, because I’m dying to eventually see her cast as the great-grand-niece to that adorable little girl on Modern Family.

 
From ’Puter to Putrid – A Birthday Letter: "Unfriended," "Monkey Kingdom," "True Story," "While We’re Young," and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 20 April 2015 12:39

Shelley Hennig in UnfriendedDear Dad,

It was wonderful seeing you again this past weekend at your 75th-birthday party! I had a great time in Chicagoland with you and the family and the extended family ... although I do apologize for whipping your ass at pinochle on Saturday. Hey, I learned from the master.

But it dawned on me that while you expressed surprise at my ability to also sneak in five weekend movies despite the birthday happenings and my hours spent on the highway, I never went into detail on what I saw. So let’s get you caught up. (You’re likely not gonna recognize many of the names and movies I reference. If you’re uncertain about any of ’em, ask Mom. She’ll know.)

 
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
Movies - Reviews
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.

 
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