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"Van Helsing" Forgets to Add a Funny Bone: Also, "Laws of Attraction" and "Elephant" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 11 May 2004 18:00

Hugh Jackman in Van HelsingVAN HELSING

Stephen Sommers’ action thriller Van Helsing, the first of 2004’s torrent of summer blockbusters, is big, loud, frenetic, and almost no fun at all. For those who’ve missed the omnipresent previews, the film is a special-effects bonanza featuring Hugh Jackman as the titular character, a taciturn growler who spends 130 minutes attempting to rid his corner of Europe from a series of CGI-created monsters, and it’s all treated with such solemnity that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Henrik Ibsen listed as a screenwriter.

 
Make a Date with "Mean Girls": Also, "Man on Fire," "Godsend," and "The Barbarian Invasions" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 04 May 2004 18:00

Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, and Rachel McAdams in Mean GirlsMEAN GIRLS

Recently, some friends introduced me to the considerable pleasures of Freaks & Geeks on DVD, and I understood why the show barely lasted a season; it was a nearly pitch-perfect rendering of high school’s everyday horrors and comic humiliations, and what mass audience, hoping for mindless entertainment, wants to subject themselves to that? And just like that sublime TV series, Mean Girls, the new teen comedy directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey, is so wickedly sharp and achingly funny that its target audience probably won’t know what to make of it.(At the screening I attended, everyone laughed like hell at the overt physical comedy, but the movie’s most hilarious dialogue fell on deaf ears.)

 
Garner’s Pluck Can’t Salvage "13 Going on 30": Also, "The Punisher" and "Connie & Carla" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 April 2004 18:00

Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 3013 GOING ON 30

When you watch a body-switching comedy such as Big or Freaky Friday, you know immediately that the movie is going to require a huge suspension of disbelief; these are comedy fantasies, after all, and bitching about logic and realistic plotting is the surest way to kill your good time.

 
"Kill Bill"’s Second Act More than Compensates for the First: "Kill Bill Volume 2," "The Whole Ten Yards," and "Bubba Ho-Tep" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 April 2004 18:00

David Carradine and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Volume 2KILL BILL: VOLUME 2

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2 is everything I hoped last autumn’s predecessor would be (and, for me, wasn’t): thrilling, surprising, deeply emotional, and very, very funny.

 
Surprisingly, "The Alamo" Isn’t Instantly Forgettable: Also, "Hellboy," "Walking Tall," "The Fog of War," and "In America" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 April 2004 18:00

The AlamoTHE ALAMO

The Alamo is surprisingly not-bad. John Lee Hancock’s long-delayed drama is by no means a great movie, but it’s a pretty darned good audience movie, a middlebrow weeper like A Beautiful Mind or Titanic that, despite its flaws (and against your better judgment), you can find yourself really falling for.

 
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