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"The Matrix Reloaded" Filled with Visual Treats: Also, "Down with Love" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 May 2003 18:00

The Matrix ReloadedTHE MATRIX RELOADED

“Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.”

– Plot outline for The Matrix Reloaded, as seen on the Internet Movie Database

Boy, that sure sounds simple, doesn’t it?

 
"Wind" a Mighty Achievement Indeed: "A Mighty Wind" and "Daddy Day Care" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 May 2003 18:00

Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest in A Mighty WindA MIGHTY WIND

This might sound like an overstatement, but with A Mighty Wind, writer-director Christopher Guest, aided immeasurably by regular co-scenarist Eugene Levy and his cast of brilliant improv artists, has secured his place as the most distinctive voice in American film comedy since the ’70s heyday of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. (And judging by the applause that greeted the film’s finale at the screening I attended, I’m not alone in thinking this.)

 
"X2" Fun but Missing Its Soul: "X2: X-Men United," "It Runs in the Family," and "The Real Cancun" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 May 2003 18:00

Hugh Jackman in X2: X-Men UnitedX2: X-MEN UNITED

Most reviewers disliked the original X-Men, Bryan Singer’s Marvel Comics adaptation that earned money but little critical respect in the summer of 2000. I, on the other hand, loved the original, so much so that, three years later, it still merits regular rotation in my DVD player.

 
"Identity" and "Confidence" Flawed but Enjoyable: Also, "City of God," "Bulletproof Monk," and "Malibu's Most Wanted" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 18:00

John Hawkes, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, and John Cusack in IdentityIDENTITY and CONFIDENCE

By some bizarre coincidence, this past weekend saw the arrival of two new films, Identity and Confidence, that share an almost frightening number of similarities.

 
Surprising "Holes" Great Family Fun: Also, "The Quiet American," "Comedian," "House of 1000 Corpses," and "Ghosts of the Abyss" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 22 April 2003 18:00

Shia LaBeouf and Khleo Thomas in HolesHOLES

Here’s something I never thought I’d write about a live-action family movie from Disney: I hope it makes tons of money and spawns sequels galore. The movie in question is Holes, and here’s something else I never thought I’d write: Thus far, it’s easily the finest movie of the year.

 
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