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2002 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 23 December 2002 18:00
So, just how good were the movies of 2002? By way of demonstrating, allow me to present, as a prelude to my 10 favorites, a few other lists of 10: My 10-best runners-up, in descending order of preference, are 13 Conversations About One Thing, Spider-Man, Igby Goes Down, Minority Report, 8 Mile, Changing Lanes, Auto Focus, Frailty, Solaris, and Sunshine State, films that in any other year might easily have ranked in the top 10.

 
Skip the Big Releases and Check Out These Two Winners: "Spirited Away" and "Frida" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 18:00

Anyone who has been reading this column regularly over the past few years has perhaps noticed an annual trend: While I generally aim for reviews of two or three new releases per weekend (even more if I’m feeling particularly adventurous), once December rolls around, that number generally slips to two at best, and oftentimes, only one.

 
Best Bets This Week Are in the Video Store: Also "Analyze That" and "Empire" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 December 2002 18:00

Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in Analyze ThatANALYZE THAT and EMPIRE

It’s enough to make a grown movie-critic weep: You rave about Solaris, a science-fiction work that’s psychologically rich, challenging, and incredibly unusual, and you read in the paper that the audience-tracking firm Cinemascore has ranked it the most universally loathed major release in 20 years. You check out the top-10 list from the National Board of Review, the first organization to hand out year-end kudos, and realize that only one of those 10 films has (as yet) made it to the Quad Cities, and that one only stayed for a week at Moline’s Nova 6 Cinemas. And you eagerly look forward to a December weekend of new releases – surely some of those terrific-looking titles will finally appear? – and your only options are Analyze That and Empire.

 
"Solaris" Not for Everybody, but Worth the Journey: Also, "Treasure Planet" and "Secretary" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 December 2002 18:00

George Clooney in SolarisSOLARIS

In the interest of full journalistic disclosure, let me preface this review of Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris by admitting that, in the first 15 minutes, I briefly nodded off.

 
"Die Another Day" Finds New Life in James Bond: Also, "The Emperor's Club" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 November 2002 18:00

Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan in Die Another DayDIE ANOTHER DAY

In lieu of trying to detail the plot of the latest James Bond vehicle, Die Another Day – really, does it matter? – let me instead run a short list of what makes Lee Tamahori’s outing my favorite Bond flick in, I dunno, at least 20 years:

 
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