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Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Iron Man (2008)

"The visual effects are bound to give you goosebumps and maybe you'll find yourself uttering an audible "whoa.""

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

2 37%

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

"Why does Adam Sandler continue to make these comedies that aren't funny? Because your neighbor's 13-year old kid keeps going to see them."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

3 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"What does that say when a self-admitted narcissist receives such a following? In playing the victim card so often, Sarah Jessica Parker's character is one of the most unlikable characters I've seen in a long time."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

4 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"An iconic film character deserved a better story than this."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

5 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The Hulk is one of Marvel Comics more unsuccessfully developed superheroes. He is more of a scared animal striking out at his tormentors rather than a thinking being that acts with a conscience."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

6 71%

Wanted (2008)

"Too ridiculous to be entertaining and too long to keep everyone's attention. If fate were only so virtuous as this film would have us believe."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

7 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"This film is a real treasure, one that can make you laugh when you are in your worst of moods."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Michael Drakulich

8 90%

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

"This was a story that needed to be told because the ethnic war that raged in Rwanda in 1994 is often forgotten by the rest of the world."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

Michael Drakulich

9 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"While "Kinsey" will give insight into the man to a whole new audience, director Bill Condon has not quite made him as human as he may have intended."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

Michael Drakulich

10 44%

National Treasure (2004)

"This is Bruckheimer's niche. Don't ever expect him to adapt a Nicholas Sparks book into a film any time soon."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

Michael Drakulich

11 96%

Sideways (2004)

"Payne's beautiful command of his content diverts your attention away from the fact it's a typical road movie."

Posted Nov 12, 2004

Michael Drakulich

12 58%

I, Robot (2004)

"This is jaw-droppingly juvenile and insulting to my intelligence. Perhaps its subject matter is obsolete. Asimov deserved better."

Posted Aug 19, 2004

Michael Drakulich

13 66%

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"Generally, the film makes good on its humorous potential. "

Posted Aug 19, 2004

Michael Drakulich

14 78%

Two Brothers (2004)

"Annaud's methods are misleading which undermine his admirable intent."

Posted Aug 19, 2004

Michael Drakulich

15 96%

Control Room (2004)

"Bush and Rumsfeld have called Al-Jazeera "the mouthpiece of Osama Bin-Laden." You might find truth to that statement next to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction."

Posted Aug 19, 2004

Michael Drakulich

16 49%

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

"When audiences walk out of theaters in stunned silence, I'm not sure it is for the same reasons director Mel Gibson wanted."

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Michael Drakulich

17 68%

Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (2004)

"The gist of this film can be summed in one short phrase: 'Sorry. My bad.'"

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Michael Drakulich

18 13%

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

"I hope kids see through this film's slick production value and realize Lindsay Lohan's character is only a shade above contemptible much less worth their admiration."

Posted Mar 24, 2004

Michael Drakulich

19 71%

Cold Mountain (2003)

"Beauty and skill bereft of passion or personality."

Posted Jan 13, 2004

Michael Drakulich

20 81%

The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

"Sweet and poignant; perceptive and true."

Posted Jan 13, 2004

Michael Drakulich

21 77%

The Cooler (2003)

"While everything works on a superficial, plot-driven level with Bernie and Natalie, there is a broader theme at work that adds depth not frequently found in this genre."

Posted Jan 13, 2004

Michael Drakulich

22 65%

The Last Samurai (2003)

"Any exhibition of tenderness or subtlety is followed by scenes that are logically inconsistent or go for a tawdry effect"

Posted Dec 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

23 80%

21 Grams (2003)

"Inarritu plots the story in a non-linear style that mirrors randomness. He does it so exceptionally well, we almost forget about the film's deficiencies."

Posted Dec 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

24 72%

Elephant (2003)

"Director Gus Van Sant should be applauded for resisting the temptation to extrapolate the motives of his two central characters and apply them universally."

Posted Dec 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

25 58%

The Missing (2003)

"Had lesser actors been cast in the two lead roles, The Missing could have been no better than an average episode of Bonanza."

Posted Dec 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

26 85%

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

"This is not Crowe's greatest performance, but could be one of the most likable characters he'll ever play."

Posted Dec 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

27 19%

Rude Awakening (1989)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

28 78%

Desert Bloom (2003)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

29 67%

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

30 100%

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

31 41%

Cousin Bette (1998)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

32 14%

Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

33 56%

Trois vies & une seule mort (Three Lives and Only One Death) (1996)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

34 30%

Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby (Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby) (1999)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

35 38%

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

36 20%

Fifty/Fifty (50-50) (1993)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

37 97%

Schindler's List (1993)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

38 15%

Orca - The Killer Whale (1977)

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

39 36%

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

"It is just another good looking action flick. The ignominious fate of being forgotten amidst all the others in the same genre is not what this franchise deserves. "

Posted Nov 13, 2003

Michael Drakulich

40 59%

Secondhand Lions (2003)

"'There is something to be said for reminding audiences of simple truths found amidst complex circumstances. But here, the film becomes a series of hokey contrivances and the simple truth it illustrates is so reductive it is almost insulting.'"

Posted Oct 22, 2003

Michael Drakulich

41 68%

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

"'One area Rodriguez has not managed to nail down is telling a compelling narrative.'"

Posted Oct 22, 2003

Michael Drakulich

42 90%

The Magdalene Sisters (2003)

"'It is an unflinching, harsh but engrossing glimpse into what rural Irish families and the Catholic Church did to exterminate sex.'"

Posted Oct 22, 2003

Michael Drakulich

43 8%

Grind (2003)

"Brings Out The Worst Of A Fringe Sport That Fights For Mainstream Acceptance...this Film Fails So Completely In Almost Every Aspect."

Posted Oct 22, 2003

Michael Drakulich

44 77%

Seabiscuit (2003)

"Gary Ross' work is skilled and sublime from almost all angles, transcending a sporting drama into a multifaceted film that enthralls and captivates."

Posted Aug 11, 2003

Michael Drakulich

45 62%

Hulk (2003)

"Director Ang Lee is to be commended for at least at-tempting to go beyond what could have been an empty special effects bonanza. But the subject of strained child/parent relationships is treated superficially."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Michael Drakulich

46 36%

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

"The film relies on kinetic energy as its entertainment hook. There is plenty of action, no doubt, but hardly any of it inventive."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Michael Drakulich

47 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

"It was one of those instances where I found myself recounting out loud the funniest moments to someone who just saw the movie with me."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Michael Drakulich

48 34%

The In-Laws (2003)

"If the CIA really did every-thing so openly as one of its operatives does in The In-Laws, it's amazing any of them could stay under cover."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Michael Drakulich

49 73%

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"Its akin to a computer network, which is generally easy enough to grasp, but its specifics can become frustrating."

Posted Jul 16, 2003

Michael Drakulich

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