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"Fever Pitch" Wins Despite Its Directors: Also, "The Upside of Anger" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 18:00

Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in Fever PitchFEVER PITCH

As long as there’s a Hollywood, there will be a surfeit of romantic comedies, but when was the last time you saw one that was as charming and magical as it pretended to be? Granted, Hitch made oodles of money, but the platonic love between Will Smith and Kevin James was more engaging than either of their characters’ eventual hook-ups, and The Wedding Date, in which Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney made flirtation look like an act of desperation, was just slightly less romantic than any given episode of Will & Grace.

 
Graphic Novel Comes to Life in Stunning "Sin City": Also, "Beauty Shop" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 April 2005 18:00

Mickey Rourke in Sin CitySIN CITY

Sin City, which is based on three graphic novels by comic-book legend Frank Miller, might not be Pulp Fiction, but it is most definitely pulp fiction, and dazzlingly entertaining pulp fiction, to boot.

 
"A Very Long Engagement" Is Very, Very Good: Also, "Ice Princess" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 March 2005 18:00

Gaspard Ulliel in A Very Long EngagementA VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

Its love scenes are like Titanic meets The English Patient, its battle scenes suggest what might happen if the Coen brothers remade Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, and yet A Very Long Engagement is enormously enjoyable; this mad amalgam of genres and styles seems almost tailor-made for the talents of its director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

 
"The Ring Two" All Wet: Also, "Hostage" and "Aliens of the Deep" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 22 March 2005 18:00

Naomi Watts in The Ring TwoTHE RING TWO

After sitting through the lifeless horror sequel The Ring Two, the only thing I wanted – besides a major jolt of caffeine to wake me up – was a towel. What is up with all the freakin’ water in this movie? With the exceptions of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Esther Williams in anything, I can’t think of a leading actress who spends as much screen time soaked as Naomi Watts does in this half-hearted follow-up to 2002’s The Ring.

 
Unexpected Moments Enliven "The Pacifier": Also, "Stage Beauty" and "Robots" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 15 March 2005 18:00

Vin Diesel in The PacifierTHE PACIFIER

There’s a moment in the Vin Diesel family comedy The Pacifier that should have really pissed me off, but instead it made me almost unaccountably happy: About midway through the film, Diesel, playing a former Navy SEAL entrusted with the safety of five fatherless youths (you’ve seen the trailers, you get the idea), enters their suburban digs covered in raw sewage, the victim of a practical joke pulled by the family’s oldest siblings.

 
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