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"The Others" Adds Complexity to Summer: "American Pie 2," "Rat Race," and "Osmosis Jones" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 August 2001 18:00

Nicole Kidman in The OthersTHE OTHERS

Alejandro Amenabar’s ghostly The Others feels like the film version of some beautifully chilling short story by Lovecraft or Shirley Jackson, where “Boo!”-style thrills take a back seat to dread and psychological complexity; it’s a savvy, entertaining piece.

 
Summer Movies at a Glance: "Moulin Rouge" Tops The Crop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 14 August 2001 18:00

A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Steven Spielberg proves too accomplished at mimicking the famously clinical, detached Stanley Kubrick style; this sci-fi adventure is stunningly well-designed, technically miraculous, and so emotionally neutral that it rates little more than a shrug. You can enjoy individual sequences tremendously and still find it shallow, just as you can love watching Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law and still feel that the movie’s Pinocchio-meets-Orwell storyline isn’t shaped, or performed, properly. Still, it’s a movie that deserves to be seen, though few did; like many a Kubrick enterprise, it might be more interesting in 10 years than it is now.

 
The Dog Days of August: "Rush Hour 2," "The Princess Diaries," and "Original Sin" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 August 2001 18:00

Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2RUSH HOUR 2

I didn’t care for the smash hit Rush Hour when it came out in 1998, and so the arrival of Rush Hour 2, needless to say, didn’t fill me with excitement. But the prospect of seeing the great John Lone and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Zhang Ziyi in supporting roles piqued my interest, and you never know when star Jackie Chan is going to pull off some miraculous stunts, so an open mind seemed appropriate.

 
Take the Ride to a New "Planet": "Planet of the Apes" and "America's Sweethearts" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 July 2001 18:00

Tim Roth and Mark Wahlberg in Planet of the ApesPLANET OF THE APES

My guess is that Tim Burton’s “re-imagining” of Planet of the Apes will meet the same fate as 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and last year’s X-Men: It’ll stand as the most misunderstood, and least appreciated, blockbuster of the summer.

 
Second Dino-Sequel Nearly Stomps Its Predecessors: "Jurassic Park III" and "Legally Blonde" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 July 2001 18:00

Sam Neill in Jurassic Park IIIJURASSIC PARK III

Jurassic Park III could have been good. Strike that – it could have been very, very good. There are ideas, gags, and individual set-pieces in director Joe Johnston’s sequel that match anything Steven Spielberg came up with in the first two installments of the Jurassic Park series, and it features one running joke involving a cell phone that is sheer perfection. The effects are impressive, the cast is fine, and the movie clocks in at 90 minutes, and who on earth wouldn’t be thrilled by that?

 
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