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Holiday Fare a Depressing Lot: "Peter Pan," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Cheaper by the Dozen"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2004-01-14 00:00:00

Are mainstream movies, in general, becoming more and more stale? The question arose a couple of weeks ago when an acquaintance asked if I’d seen anything good recently. After a pause I was finally able to reply, “Uh ... Return of the King?”

“Well, of course that. Anything since then?”


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"Cold Mountain" Is a Cold Fish: Also, "Pieces of April" and "Stuck on You"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2004-01-07 00:00:00

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.


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"Something" Gives Audiences One of the Year’s Most Entertaining Movies: "Something's Gotta Give," "Honey," and "Thirteen"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2003-12-17 00:00:00

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.


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"The Last Samurai" Derivative, Dull: Also, "Timeline," "The Haunted Mansion," and "The Missing"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2003-12-10 00:00:00

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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"Mystic River" Stands as Eastwood’s and Penn’s Best Work: Also, "The Magdalene Sisters" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2003-10-22 00:00:00

Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn in Mystic RiverMYSTIC RIVER

It’s tempting to say that in Mystic River, Clint Eastwood’s complex, heartbreaking adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s terrific murder mystery, Sean Penn gives the most nuanced approximation of grief to be found anywhere in modern movies.


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