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K-Yo'd: "Rocky Balboa"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2006-12-27 09:27:26

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky BalboaROCKY BALBOA

With few exceptions, the reviews for Rocky Balboa have been pretty charitable. No one is proclaiming it a masterpiece, but the consensus seems to be that Sylvester Stallone could have missed by a mile with his latest, presumably last installment and didn't; the film was almost predestined to receive a critical flaying, yet there's barely a whiff of mean-spiritedness in the reviews. "Rocky Balboa isn't great," seems to be the prevailing opinion, "but it's sweet, and kind of touching, and it's by no means an embarrassment."

Assuming I'm not completely off-base in my assessment of these critical tones, I now feel compelled to ask: Exactly what would Stallone have had to do to make Rocky Balboa a bigger embarrassment? Forget his lines? Trip over the furniture? End the film by beaming Rocky aboard the Starship Enterprise? Make no mistake: Rocky Balboa is a humiliating experience, as grand an exercise in masturbatory excess as M. Night Shymalan's Lady in the Water, and as depressing an ego-trip for the writer/director/icon as could be imagined.


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Another Ron Howard Fairy Tale: "Cinderella Man"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2005-06-08 00:00:00

Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti in Cinderella ManCINDERELLA MAN

Every time Hollywood releases a prestigious drama between June and August – Saving Private Ryan, The Road to Perdition, Seabiscuit – a big deal is made about whether audiences are “ready” for weightier fare in the summer months, as if the movie-going public, en masse, annually says, “But it’s summer vacation! I don’t want to think!” To my mind, this question of “Will audiences show up?” is a mostly pointless one, because (1) these movies don’t expect you to think much, and (2) they generally go on to earn a bundle, having cornered the market on cineplex heft.


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"The School of Rock" One of the Year’s Biggest and Best Surprises: Also, "Never Get Outta the Boat," "Lost in Translation," "Under the Tuscan Sun," and "Luther"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2003-10-08 00:00:00

Jack Black in The School of RockTHE SCHOOL OF ROCK

I’ve seen Sidney Poitier do it. I’ve seen Robin Williams do it. I’ve seen Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Edward James Olmos ... hell, I’ve seen Dame Maggie Smith do it. But I have never seen an actor playing The Inspirational Teacher connect with his students as believably, and oddly beautifully, as Jack Black does in The School of Rock.
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Eminem Delivers the Goods in the Surprising "8 Mile": Also, "Femme Fatale," "The Santa Clause 2," and "Tadpole"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2002-11-13 00:00:00

Eminem in 8 Mile8 MILE

8 Mile is the most artistically successful crowd-pleaser the movies have given us in ages, a hip-hop Rocky that, incredibly, refuses to pander.


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"Shrek" Is For Kids: Also, "Angel Eyes" and "A Knight's Tale"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2001-05-23 00:00:00

ShrekSHREK

Let’s face it: Kids are gonna love Shrek, Dreamworks’ comedic, computer-animated fairy tale. They’ll get a kick out of the loud, outsize characters and superb visuals, and they’ll probably laugh a lot. No one under 12 will want to miss it.

As for the rest of us ... .


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