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"The Hours" Among the Year’s Best: Also, "Narc" and "Just Married" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:00

Meryl Streep and Ed Harris in The HoursTHE HOURS

Stephen Daldry’s The Hours is so meticulously crafted, so assured in its conception, and so insistent on its themes and motifs that it’s bound to drive a lot of people bananas.

"Bowling for Columbine" and "Adaptation" Challenge, but Don’t Let That Scare You: Also, "Maid in Manhattan" and "Two Weeks Notice" PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 January 2003 18:00

Michael Moore in Bowling for ColumbineBOWLING FOR COLUMBINE

Michael Moore’s latest, the astounding documentary Bowling for Columbine, has finally made it to our area (it’s currently playing at the Quad Cities Brew & View), and although I spent a couple hundred words extolling its merits last month in the Reader – where I named it my favorite movie of 2002 – the film is so good that a few hundred more seem necessary.

For Your Consideration: "Chicago," "About Schmidt," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Wild Thornberrys Movie," and "Pinocchio" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 January 2003 18:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones in ChicagoCHICAGO

Rob Marshall’s film version of the Broadway smash Chicago is so ingeniously staged, so electric, and so welcome to so many of us – The Musical Is Back! – that you might find yourself somewhat heartbroken when you barely remember a thing about the film a day after seeing it.

2002 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
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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
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.

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