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"I, Robot" Soulless and Hollow: Also, "A Cinderella Story" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
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
Reviews
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.

 
Greed or Incompetence? PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Todd McGreevy   
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00
During the screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 that I attended, someone opened the door of the theatre and screamed into the auditorium, “Liberals suck! Michael Moore’s a bitch!” and ran off. Moore has, once again, obviously touched a tender nerve with his latest production.

 
Does Fahrenheit 9/11 Connect the Dots? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00
As a screed against George W. Bush to justify the feelings, suspicions, and thoughts of people who already dislike the president and plan on voting against him in November, Fahrenheit 9/11 is strikingly effective.

 
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