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Taxing Hike: "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Transporter Refueled"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2015-09-07 22:23:36

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in A Walk in the WoodsA WALK IN THE WOODS

Based on a widely adored nonfiction from 1998, A Walk in the Woods finds Robert Redford’s Bill Bryson (the book’s author) and Nick Nolte’s Stephen Katz embarking on a months-long trek along the Appalachian Trail, and from his first moments here, you fear for the latter’s health. By which I mean you fear for Nolte’s health. Because based on the 74-year-old’s initial appearance – hauling his substantial frame out of an airplane seemingly half his size, his face nearly purple from the effort – and that strained, gravelly baritone that sounds like heavy rocks in a wood chipper, Nolte doesn’t appear at all capable of surviving this particular Walk. (It should go without saying that even though he’s finally starting to look his age, you don’t feel similar trepidation for 79-year-old Redford, given that his voice and hair – or “hair” – still suggest a man in his late 30s.)
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"Dude, Where’s My Conscience?": "Chronicle," "The Woman in Black," "Big Miracle," and "The Last Reef"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2012-02-05 22:34:23

Dane DeHaan in ChronicleCHRONICLE

Part superhero (and -villain) origin fable and part teen-angst melodrama, Chronicle concerns three high-schoolers who venture down a mysterious hole in the Earth and emerge with telekinetic powers, and the best thing about the movie is that its leads subsequently behave just as high-schoolers likely would in such a situation.


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Save the Dates: "He's Just Not That Into You"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2009-02-11 03:56:53

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Connelly in He's Just Not That Into YouHE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

With its nine central roles, dovetailing narratives, and 129-minute running length, He's Just Not That Into You is like a chick flick on steroids. Based on a jokey "self-help" book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, director Ken Kwapis' comedy concerns the romantic tribulations of a bunch of young (or young-ish) hotties in present-day Baltimore, and it's all pretty easy to pick apart; the characters are too archetypal, the plotting is too convenient, and none of the movie's frequent dating advice is as insightful as it clearly wants to be. Even that "present-day" aspect is problematic, as the film, completed in 2007, finds a character hooking up through MySpace, for Pete's sake.


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Go, ’Bots!: "Transformers" and "License to Wed"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2007-07-11 08:42:58

Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf in TransformersTRANSFORMERS

I laughed out loud a good half-dozen times at Transformers, and for the first time ever at a Michael Bay movie, not derisively. No one could have been less enthused than I at the prospect of a Bay-directed, live-action "adaptation" of the toys I was too old for in the mid-'80s. (I'll admit to a mildly derisive chuckle at the opening credit: "In association with Hasbro.") Yet all things considered, the resulting movie is great fun - 90 minutes of amusement and frequent exhilaration. The fact that the film actually runs 145 minutes proves to be only a slight detriment.


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