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Standout Sequences Salvage "Clones": "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 May 2002 18:00

Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in Star Wars, Episode III - Attack of the ClonesSTAR WARS, EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES

Can two or three marvelous scenes make a movie? The question arises after seeing Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones, the fifth installment in George Lucas’ sci-fi series, and the first to make me seriously ruminate on whether or not I actually liked it. (For the record, I found the first film very enjoyable, thought The Empire Strikes Back was a work of near-genius, and found both Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace plodding and dull.) My initial reaction upon leaving the theatre, though, was one of unfettered happiness; replaying the kineticism of the movie’s big set pieces, I smiled during the whole drive home, immediately called my best friend, a devout Star Wars fanatic, to tell him he’d love it, and continued, for the rest of the day, to extol the film’s surprising merits to friends and co-workers.

 
Lane Shines in Hypnotic "Unfaithful": Also, "Y tu mama tambien" and "Deuces Wild" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 May 2002 18:00

Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez in UnfaithfulUNFAITHFUL

Diane Lane has been a terrific performer for close to 25 years without really becoming a star, yet that’s destined to change with Unfaithful, the hypnotic new Adrian Lyne thriller that gives Ms. Lane the chance to show, when granted the right material, how incredibly fine she can be.

 
"Spider-Man" Takes Flight with Giddy Action: Also, "Hollywood Ending" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 May 2002 18:00

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spider-ManSPIDER-MAN

Your enjoyment of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man adaptation will, I think, boil down to just how realistic you want your special effects to be. I imagine that even those who haven’t yet seen the film – and there must be at least three or four of you out there – will have seen the previews of our hero as he leaps across buildings and whooshes through downtown Manhattan, and they’re all most obviously computer-generated effects; I have friends who refuse to see the film because of how bored they already are of CGI in movies.

 
Oscar-Winning "Iris" Misses Its Mark: Also, "Life or Something Like It" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 30 April 2002 18:00

Jim Broadbent and Judi Dench in IrisIRIS

Allow me a moment, if you will, to thank the folks at Moline’s Nova 6 Cinemas for their continued efforts at occasionally booking more offbeat cinematic fare than the multiplex standard.

 
Young Actors Salvage "Murder": "Murder by Numbers" and "The Scorpion King" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 April 2002 18:00

Michael Pitt and Ryan Gosling in Murder by NumbersMURDER BY NUMBERS

In Barbet Schroeder’s thriller Murder by Numbers, Sandra Bullock stars as Cassie Mayweather, a Southern California detective who, along with her nebbishy partner (Ben Chaplin), attempts to solve the murder of a local Jane Doe, killed in a seemingly haphazard fashion and left beside a creek.

 
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