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Disney on Ice: "Frozen," "Black Nativity," and "Homefront"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2013-12-02 15:57:22

FrozenFROZEN

As its fans (and I’m one of them) will gladly attest, Disney’s Frozen is a bit of a throwback to the studio’s recent golden age of animated entertainments – that period from the late ’80s to the mid-’90s that found more-or-less traditional fairy and folk tales goosed with healthy portions of Broadway razzmatazz. (Those in the press championing this new work as a welcome and rather bold return to form, however, do seem to have conveniently forgotten about 2009’s excellent The Princess & the Frog and 2010’s near-excellent Tangled.) But while much of the film follows the standard Disney-in-its-prime formula to the letter – big-eyed ingénue heroine, check; wacky animal sidekick, check; rafter-shaking power ballad destined to win an Oscar, check – there is one aspect to Frozen that separates it from the Little Mermaid/Beauty & the Beast/Lion King herd: The movie is kind of bonkers.


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Snappily Ever After: "Once Upon a Mattress," at the New Era Community Building, through May 22
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2011-05-17 12:00:00

Once Upon a MattressNew Era Dinner Theatre’s Once Upon a Mattress is flat-out delightful. It’s not the perfect production, but it’s so amusing and well-sung that I left Saturday night’s show with a giddy feeling that's sticking with me even as I write this review a day later.


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Ill, Legal Aliens: "District 9," "The Time Traveler's Wife," and "Ponyo"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2009-08-16 22:45:38

District 9DISTRICT 9

Director Neill Blomkamp's District 9 is a science-fiction/horror/action flick that finds a race of malnourished, understandably irate alien creatures being forcibly detained in a Johannesburg internment camp. It's also, if you can stomach the frequent bursts of bloodshed and gooey splatter, an almost insanely good time, an unapologetic "B" movie elevated to "A" status through wizardly filmmaking, macabre humor, thematic cleverness, and some of the most inventive CGI work in years.


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A "Duckling" in Need of a Goose: "The Ugly Duckling," at the Moline Public Library, April 18
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2007-04-18 08:19:35

At last Wednesday's preview performance of The Ugly Duckling at Black Hawk College, a most unusual - and most welcome - thing happened: In the one-act play's final 10 minutes, the show finally found the style it seemed to have been searching for during its previous 50.


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