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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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Arcade-ia: "Ender’s Game," "Last Vegas," and "Free Birds"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2013-11-03 18:40:35

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender's GameENDER’S GAME

In writer/director Gavin Hood’s sci-fi adventure Ender’s Game, our titular hero (Asa Butterfield) is a 12-year-old who’s bullied both at school and at home, whose gestating anger leads to frequent violent outbursts, and whose frighteningly focused skills at computer-simulated war games not only earn him the respect of his peers but, eventually, the grateful thanks of every man, woman, and child on the planet. It is, in short, a Revenge of the Nerd fable to out-Carrie Carrie, and about the strongest argument for 24/7 video-game compulsion that any young game-hound could wish for. Just keep playing, you can hear the movie whispering to its console-obsessed demographic. One of these days, you’ll show ’em. You’ll show ’em all.


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Hughes Ruse: “Easy A,” “Devil,” and “Alpha & Omega”
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2010-09-19 20:40:26

Emma Stone in Easy AEASY A

With the release of The Town, Ben Affleck’s directorial career, in my opinion, now boasts a two-for-two success ratio. So does Will Gluck’s, who follows last year’s hilarious (and sadly under-praised) male-cheerleader parody Fired Up! with the current, also hilarious ’80s-teen-flick parody Easy A. It’s no doubt too soon – and maybe even too ridiculous – to ask this, but is it possible that Gluck is our long-awaited heir apparent to Christopher Guest?


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Death Wishes: "The Bucket List," "The Kite Runner," and "First Sunday"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2008-01-16 08:18:31

Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in The Bucket ListTHE BUCKET LIST

I can't begin to describe how much I was looking forward to making fun of The Bucket List. A Rob Reiner-directed dramedy about two squabbling terminal-cancer patients -Jack Nicholson, cackling and flexing his eyebrows, and Morgan Freeman, providing soothing, pithy bromides and the inevitable voice-over narration - who gradually become friends and live out their final days skydiving and race-car driving and scaling the pyramids ... . Was there any way this wouldn't be a syrupy disaster of epic proportions?


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