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Super Salad: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 01 May 2015 13:03

Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Age of UltronAVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Whatever your feelings about Avengers: Age of Ultron, even if your feelings can be summed up in a succinct “Meh,” you can’t say that writer/director Joss Whedon is merely giving audiences an exact replica of 2012’s comic-book behemoth The Avengers. There’s some romance here, for one thing. There’s also a lot more plot, now that we’re spared its predecessor’s hour-plus of super-team origin story. And rather than being granted all of his film’s best, most thrillingly unexpected moments, that rampaging mass of CGI id known as the Hulk is instead stuck with the worst scene in the movie – which, unfortunately, also happens to be its most prototypical one.

 
Now Playing: Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 08:00

Avengers: Age of UltronFor show schedule information, visit:

61 Drive-in Theatre, Delmar

Blue Grass Drive-in, Blue Grass

Cinemark Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Davenport

FilmScene, Iowa City

Putnam Museum, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline

 

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A.I., A.I. ... . Oh!: "Ex Machina" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:04

Alicia Vikander in Ex MachinaEX MACHINA

If you’re a fellow fan of the high-tech Twilight Zone that is the BBC’s Black Mirror and last year’s Christmas special with Jon Hamm didn’t sate your craving for more, you won’t want to miss the sci-fi creep-out Ex Machina. (If you’re not a fan of Black Mirror, which is currently streaming on Netflix, you clearly haven’t watched it yet. Get cracking.) Like a 105-minute episode of that haunting anthology series, Alex Garland’s quasi-futuristic morality fable boasts a simple premise that grows more complicated and nightmarish as it progresses. Also like a super-sized Black Mirror, the experience leaves you feeling a little shaken and happily freaked out, and kind of antsy to see it agaim.

 
The Crash of 29: “The Age of Adaline," "Little Boy," and "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 26 April 2015 15:54

Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively in The Age of AdalineTHE AGE OF ADALINE

In director Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a 29-year-old who, following a supernatural accident involving a car crash and a bolt of lightning, goes through life never again aging a day, and 82-year-old Ellen Burstyn plays her daughter. You may recall that Burstyn also recently portrayed Matthew McConaughey’s elderly daughter in Interstellar. If this is the continuation of a trend for the magnificent actress, I’m really hoping she keeps acting for another decade or more, because I’m dying to eventually see her cast as the great-grand-niece to that adorable little girl on Modern Family.

 
From ’Puter to Putrid – A Birthday Letter: "Unfriended," "Monkey Kingdom," "True Story," "While We’re Young," and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 20 April 2015 12:39

Shelley Hennig in UnfriendedDear Dad,

It was wonderful seeing you again this past weekend at your 75th-birthday party! I had a great time in Chicagoland with you and the family and the extended family ... although I do apologize for whipping your ass at pinochle on Saturday. Hey, I learned from the master.

But it dawned on me that while you expressed surprise at my ability to also sneak in five weekend movies despite the birthday happenings and my hours spent on the highway, I never went into detail on what I saw. So let’s get you caught up. (You’re likely not gonna recognize many of the names and movies I reference. If you’re uncertain about any of ’em, ask Mom. She’ll know.)

 
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