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Crash! Crunch! Clunk! "The Big Short," "Concussion," and "Joy"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-12-28 00:20:16

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in The Big ShortDuring my extended holiday stay in the Chicago area, I saw a fantastic movie, a sizable disappointment, and an utter clunker. But as Carol, Legend, and The Danish Girl aren’t currently playing at a theater near you (at least if you live in the Quad Cities region), let’s instead focus on the other fantastic movie, sizable disappointment, and utter clunker I saw.
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Miner Catastrophe: "The 33," "Suffragette," and "Love the Coopers"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-11-15 18:06:56

Lou Diamond Phillips and Antonio Banderas in The 33THE 33

Even if you can’t recall the event’s salient details, you likely remember the Chilean mine disaster that led the international news cycle for weeks in 2010, and that has now inspired director Patricia Riggen’s The 33. But as this strong, heartfelt film’s tension is built almost entirely on those salient details, it’s hard to determine, in describing the story, exactly what about this five-year-old true tale should be considered a spoiler. Do you remember, for instance, how long the 33 miners were trapped before anyone even knew they were alive? How many days it took after that for rescue teams to excavate them? How many of the 33 actually perished underground?
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Driving Miss Dizzy: "The Intern," "The Green Inferno," and "Hotel Transylvania 2"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-09-27 20:33:55

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The InternTHE INTERN

Older audiences deserve comforting, pandering crap as much as everyone else, so I probably shouldn’t be too hard on The Intern, especially because, with Nora Ephron’s passing, writer/director Nancy Meyers is pretty much carrying the torch for Hollywood’s all-too-rare female-centric dramedies detailing the personal costs of Having It All. But I’m going to be hard on it anyway, given that Meyers’ mildly insulting sitcoms about strong, successful career women who are only truly fulfilled after Finding the Right Man are usually buoyed by ace performances (Something’s Gotta Give’s Diane Kaeaton and Jack Nicholson; It’s Complicated’s Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin), and this film just doesn’t have ’em.
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Luxury Cruise, and a Long Road Trip: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Vacation"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-08-01 19:31:45

Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

Before a recent screening, I saw one of those previews in which a Hollywood star welcomes you to your local Cinemark chain, and as soon as that star said, “Hi, I’m Tom Cruise,” a woman in the front row let out a loud, seemingly involuntary “Yech.” The preview, of course, was for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and perhaps the best solace I can offer that woman is that while I frequently find Crusie yech-y, too, the movie itself is a lot of fun. It’s even more fun if you can forget that Cruise is starring in it. But, y’know ... good luck with that.


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Hawaiian Punch: "Aloha," "San Andreas," and "Far from the Madding Crowd"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-05-31 20:59:32

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in AlohaALOHA

On three separate occasions this past weekend, after mentioning that I’d seen Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, I had friends or family members reply with some variant on “Ugh, how bad was it?” That’s usually the response I get after telling people I just came back from the latest Happy Madison flick or Paranormal Activity: Yup, We’re Still Churning These Out. But to hear that kind of pitying condolence regarding a new Crowe endeavor was troubling. Sure, the reviews were largely dreadful, and the previews leaned toward the achingly twee, and the movie’s reputation in the hacked Sony e-mails (“the script is ridiculous”) didn’t help matters. Beyond all that, though, is the collective disappointment of Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, and We Bought a Zoo so pervasive and infuriating that it overwhelms the memory of Say Anything ... , Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous?


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