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items tagged with Samuel L. Jackson

Feeling Spirited: "Ghost Town," "Lakeview Terrace," and "My Best Friend's Girl"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2008-09-24 08:20:15

Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, and Greg Kinnear in Ghost TownGHOST TOWN

Maybe you need to have seen a lot of bad romantic comedies, or bad movies involving ghosts, or bad romantic comedies involving ghosts, to appreciate just how good Ghost Town is. Maybe not, of course, especially considering how hysterical Ricky Gervais is in the movie's lead. But if you sit through enough dreary Hollywood outings of this sort, it doesn't take long to realize that something pretty special is happening here.


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Are You My Mother?: "Definitely, Maybe," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," and "Jumper"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2008-02-20 08:36:25

Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds in Definitely, MaybeDEFINITELY, MAYBE

If anyone's keeping track, writer-director Adam Brooks' Definitely, Maybe is the third romantic comedy of 2008 to climax with its protagonist taking a hasty cab ride to an inevitable romantic clinch and subsequent Happily Ever After. And that's about the only conventional element in it. I'm a little staggered by just how wonderful this movie is, as nothing about the film, from its cutesy setup to the presence of leading actor Ryan Reynolds, appeared to suggest anything more than the latest spin on a tireless (and, by now, tiresome) genre. Yet Definitely, Maybe is sensational, so smart and witty and refreshingly grown-up that, hours after seeing it, you may still find yourself in a great mood; the only times I stopped smiling at the movie were when I was laughing out loud.


Read More About Are You My Mother?: "Definitely, Maybe," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," And "Jumper"...


Dog Days: “The Nanny Diaries,” “Resurrecting the Champ," "September Dawn," and "Mr. Bean's Holiday"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2007-09-05 08:32:16

Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney in The Nanny DiariesTHE NANNY DIARIES

There are two wholly different films at war in Shari Springer Berman's and Robert Pulcini's The Nanny Diaries, and unfortunately, the wrong one wins.


Read More About Dog Days: “The Nanny Diaries,” “Resurrecting The Champ," "September Dawn," And "Mr. Bean's Holiday"...


Our Father, Who Art in "Evan": "Evan Almighty" and "1408"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2007-06-27 08:08:12

Steve Carell in Evan AlmightyEVAN ALMIGHTY

Thank God for lowered expectations.

I adore Steve Carell, and so I was initially jazzed about Evan Almighty, as director Tom Shadyac's sequel was a vehicle for the comic who handily stole 2003's Bruce Almighty away from hard-working star Jim Carrey. Yet after I saw the trailer, my excitement quickly turned into dread. Not only did the three-minute preview appear to give away every second of the movie - it showed the climactic flood approaching, for Pete's sake! - but the sight of a gray-bearded, robe-attired Carell looking benevolent while surround by all those cu-u-u-ute animals instantly set off my gag reflex; watching brilliant comedians sell out in witless kiddie flicks is to be expected, yet I was praying that it wouldn't happen with Carell. (At least, I was praying that it wouldn't happen again - does anyone else recall the actor's involvement in the 2004 atrocity Sleepover?)


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Graphic? Yes. Novel? No.: "300," "Amazing Grace," and "Black Snake Moan"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2007-03-14 08:23:29

Gerard Butler in 300300

Whatever its problems, and they are myriad, you can't say that Zack Snyder's 300 doesn't give you plenty to look at. Adapted from Frank Miller's and Lynn Varley's graphic novel, the film - which follow s the ancient Spartan army in a wildly violent, self-sacrificing battle against Persian forces - is filled with memorably outré images: an enormous tree and a 20-foot-high wall, both composed entirely of corpses; a triad of elephants, backed over a cliff, that plunge to their deaths; the sky blackening with what appear to be locusts, instead proving to be the incoming trajectory of thousands of steel-tipped arrows. In 300, Snyder shows a remarkable gift for graphic-novel composition, and continually keeps your eye engaged. Too bad the same can't be said of your brain.


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