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"Cold Mountain" Is a Cold Fish: Also, "Pieces of April" and "Stuck on You" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 January 2004 18:00

Jude Law in Cold MountainCOLD MOUNTAIN

Though the story of two separated lovers braving incredible hardships to eventually reunite is a common one in war-themed movies, I don’t think I’ve ever been less moved by it than in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, an adaptation of Charles Frazier’s much-adored Civil War novel.

 
Film Festival Showcases Wide Range of Hispanic Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 06 January 2004 18:00
Like all good film festivals, one joy of the 10th Annual Hispanic Film Festival at Augustana College will be discovering a wonderful movie you haven’t heard much (or anything) about. It also doubles as a sampler of world cinema, showing the breadth and quality of Hispanic movies, which rarely penetrate the American market but can nonetheless be fascinating as cultural studies and breathtaking examples of filmmaking outside of the dominating American studio system.

 
2003 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 December 2003 18:00

Among the year’s seemingly endless spate of business-as-usual Hollywood product, with the remakes and sequels and – in the case of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – a de facto remake of a sequel, I saw exactly one work in 2003 that, with absolutely no qualms, I would call a masterpiece, and it made its debut on HBO. (It was that kind of year.)

 
"Something" Gives Audiences One of the Year’s Most Entertaining Movies: "Something's Gotta Give," "Honey," and "Thirteen" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 December 2003 18:00

Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Something's Gotta GiveSOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

In Something's Gotta Give, a sixtysomething womanizer, currently dating a twentysomething auctioneer (!), finds himself, for the first time ever, falling in love with a woman roughly his age, and – wouldn’t ya know it? – it’s his girlfriend’s mother! Has there ever been so High a Concept? A forced, jokey premise like this is usually enough to make me hide under my theater seat; it’s a situation so nakedly designed to provide good-natured chuckles and muffled sobs that a hardened cynic like me walks into the movie with all defenses immediately up.

 
"The Last Samurai" Derivative, Dull: Also, "Timeline," "The Haunted Mansion," and "The Missing" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 December 2003 18:00

Tom Cruise in The Last SamuraiTHE LAST SAMURAI

Occasionally, all it takes is sharp cinematography to get critics all woozy. How else to explain the positive notices for Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, a period epic so unexceptional and derivative it might as well have been called Dances with Wolves Meets Braveheart? (Barkeep! Oscars for all!)

 
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