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Now You See It, Now You Want to See It Again: "Focus," "The Lazarus Effect," and "Deepsea Challenge 3D" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 01 March 2015 12:07

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in FocusFOCUS

With Will Smith playing its polished and professional master of larceny, and Margot Robbie playing the fledgling grifter who becomes Smith’s mentee and lover, Focus is so contrived, so ridiculous, and so phenomenally entertaining that while watching it, you’d almost think a new genre was being invented right before your eyes.

 
Now Playing: Friday, February 27, through Thursday, March 5 PDF Print E-mail
Now Playing
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:10


FocusFor show schedule information, visit:


Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport

FilmScene, Iowa City

Putnam Museum, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline

 

(Hyperlinked titles take you to Mike Schulz's full reviews; the IMDb hyperlinks take you to the films' Internet Movie Database pages.)

 
Where to Find the 2015 Oscar Nominees and Winners: Friday, February 27, through Thursday, March 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:45

Leviathan

Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport

FilmScene, Iowa City

Putnam Museum, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline

 

(The hyperlinks below take you to the films' Internet Movie Database pages. Click here for the full list of 2015 Oscar nominees.)

 

American Sniper. Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14. Winner for Best Sound Editing; Nominated for Best Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Mixing. IMDb listing

Begin Again. Available for home viewing. Nominated for Best Original Song (“Lost Stars”). IMDb listing

Beyond the Lights. Available for home viewing. Nominated for Best Original Song ("Grateful"). IMDb listing

 
I'd Like to Thump the Academy … : Notes on the 2015 Academy Awards Telecast PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 February 2015 16:00

producer/writer/director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and team members of Best Picture Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Neil Patrick Harris, at the tail end of last night's Academy Awards ceremony, climaxed his hosting duties with the resolution to a magic trick he'd set up earlier in the evening. Much, much earlier in the evening.

 
Running, DUFFing, Tubbing: "McFarland USA," "The DUFF," and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 February 2015 09:29

Kevin Coster and Ramiro Rodriguez in McFarland USAMCFARLAND USA

God, I hate Disney. Not all the time, of course, and in any case, “hate” is probably a strong word. But why does the studio have to keep releasing live-action movies that are inseparable from cartoons, with all of the potentially legitimate conflict inevitably dulled down and scrubbed squeaky-clean? And why does its succession of inspirational sports dramas never feature any actual coaching beyond bland and clichéd motivational speeches? And why do these damned things keep making me weep like a baby?

 
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