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"The Village" Proves Shyamalan Needs a New Formula: Also, "Catwoman" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 August 2004 18:00

Bryce Dallas Howard in The VillageTHE VILLAGE

Nobody likes a know-it-all, so I have nothing to gain by admitting that I figured out The Big Twist in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village after about 15 minutes. But I’ll venture that this popular writer-director has everything to lose by continuing to make his cinematic spook shows so repetitively, predictably “surprising." If you find yourself less than enthralled by The Village’s narrative, you have far too much time to ruminate on how Shyamalan will attempt, yet again, to pull the rug out from under you; he’s undermining his talent – and the man does have some – with his implied “Bet ya didn’t see that coming!” finales. (It’s becoming easy to respond with, “Oh yeah I did.”)

 
"Super Size Me" Funny and Scary, but Far from Perfect: Also, "The Bourne Supremacy" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:00

Morgan Spurlock in Super Size MeSUPER SIZE ME

At its best, Morgan Spurlock’s hit documentary Super Size Me plays like an adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s exposé Fast Food Nation: smart, funny, well-researched, and scary as hell.

 
"I, Robot" Soulless and Hollow: Also, "A Cinderella Story" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 July 2004 18:00

Shia LaBeouf and Will Smith in I, RobotI, ROBOT

I, Robot is perfectly titled, because it’s about as mechanical and impersonal as Hollywood entertainment gets. That’s not to say it’s completely unenjoyable – Alex Proyas’ sci-fi work, inspired by a series of Isaac Asimov stories, features some nifty set pieces, including an exciting mid-film sequence involving a hundred ’bots doing considerable damage on an underground freeway – but the film progresses with so little inventiveness that you’ll have better luck tallying up the film’s numerous influences (Blade Runner, A. I., Minority Report ... ) than finding an original idea.

 
Brew & View Offering the Year’s Most Satisfying Movie So Far: "Good-bye, Lenin!", "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "King Arthur," and "The Notebook" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 July 2004 18:00

Chulpan Khamatova and Daniel Bruhl in Good-bye, Lenin!GOOD BYE, LENIN!

Around this time last year, while local audiences were flocking to Pirates of the Caribbean and Bad Boys II, the Brew & View presented the area debut of 2003’s finest film to that point – the extraordinary Capturing the Friedmans – and, amazingly, the Rock Island venue has done it again this summer.

 
"Spider-Man 2" Leaves Fan Wanting More: Also, "White Chicks" and "Two Brothers" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00

Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 2SPIDER-MAN 2

Spider-Man 2 might not be, as many critics have concluded, the greatest comic-book movie ever made, but it’s entirely possible that Sam Raimi is the greatest director the genre has ever had.

 
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