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"Miracle" Too Calculated to Be Enjoyable: Also, "The Big Bounce" and "The Perfect Score" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 February 2004 18:00

Kurt Russell in MiracleMIRACLE

Although I’m generally a sucker for triumph-of-the-underdog sports flicks – 1986’s Hoosiers remains my favorite – and was all set to have a good sniffle at Miracle, the movie is so cynically programmed to be a lump-in-the-throat audience-pleaser that I found it all too easy to resist.

 
Theron’s Impending Oscar Win Deserved for "Monster": Also, "The Butterfly Effect" and "Torque" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 18:00

Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron in MonsterMONSTER

In all honesty, I was rather dreading Patty Jenkins’ Monster, the much-lauded drama that has received nearly universal acclaim (and a Best Actress Golden Globe) for star Charlize Theron.

 
Hollywood’s Latest Crop a Predictable Lot: "Along Came Polly," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!", "Disney's Teacher's Pet," and "Calendar Girls" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00

Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in Along Came PollyALONG CAME POLLY

There’s a pretty funny movie lurking within Along Came Polly, but unfortunately, it bears little relation to the slack and obvious one Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston are stuck in.

 
New Iowa Film-Office Manager Thinking Big PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00
Tom Wheeler has only been with the Iowa Film Office for a little more than three weeks, but already he has a big agenda. He envisions a fund or trust, probably a private-public partnership, that could be used to subsidize production costs for motion pictures shot or made in Iowa.

 
"The Station Agent" Ranks with 2003’s Best Movies: Also, "Big Fish" and "House of Sand and Fog" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 January 2004 18:00

Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson in The Station AgentTHE STATION AGENT

After spending 90 minutes with the cast of Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, I believe I would, à la The Purple Rose of Cairo, have eagerly leapt right into the screen and been content to spend the rest of my life in their company.

 
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