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"Bowling for Columbine" and "Adaptation" Challenge, but Don’t Let That Scare You: Also, "Maid in Manhattan" and "Two Weeks Notice" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 January 2003 18:00

Michael Moore in Bowling for ColumbineBOWLING FOR COLUMBINE

Michael Moore’s latest, the astounding documentary Bowling for Columbine, has finally made it to our area (it’s currently playing at the Quad Cities Brew & View), and although I spent a couple hundred words extolling its merits last month in the Reader – where I named it my favorite movie of 2002 – the film is so good that a few hundred more seem necessary.

 
For Your Consideration: "Chicago," "About Schmidt," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Wild Thornberrys Movie," and "Pinocchio" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 January 2003 18:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones in ChicagoCHICAGO

Rob Marshall’s film version of the Broadway smash Chicago is so ingeniously staged, so electric, and so welcome to so many of us – The Musical Is Back! – that you might find yourself somewhat heartbroken when you barely remember a thing about the film a day after seeing it.

 
Skip the Big Releases and Check Out These Two Winners: "Spirited Away" and "Frida" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 18:00

Anyone who has been reading this column regularly over the past few years has perhaps noticed an annual trend: While I generally aim for reviews of two or three new releases per weekend (even more if I’m feeling particularly adventurous), once December rolls around, that number generally slips to two at best, and oftentimes, only one.

 
Best Bets This Week Are in the Video Store: Also "Analyze That" and "Empire" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 18:00

Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in Analyze ThatANALYZE THAT and EMPIRE

It’s enough to make a grown movie-critic weep: You rave about Solaris, a science-fiction work that’s psychologically rich, challenging, and incredibly unusual, and you read in the paper that the audience-tracking firm Cinemascore has ranked it the most universally loathed major release in 20 years. You check out the top-10 list from the National Board of Review, the first organization to hand out year-end kudos, and realize that only one of those 10 films has (as yet) made it to the Quad Cities, and that one only stayed for a week at Moline’s Nova 6 Cinemas. And you eagerly look forward to a December weekend of new releases – surely some of those terrific-looking titles will finally appear? – and your only options are Analyze That and Empire.

 
"Solaris" Not for Everybody, but Worth the Journey: Also, "Treasure Planet" and "Secretary" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 December 2002 18:00

George Clooney in SolarisSOLARIS

In the interest of full journalistic disclosure, let me preface this review of Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris by admitting that, in the first 15 minutes, I briefly nodded off.

 
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