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Draft Day

Kevin Costner is back in a milieu that showcases him best

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 11,2014 - Journey back with me, if you will, some 20-25 years to the prime of Kevin Costner’s reign as a movie star, forged in vehicles ranging from romances to epics to big-budget summer spectacles. He w

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The Raid 2

Violence is golden

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 11,2014 - I don’t care that The Raid 2 runs 2 1/2 hours. I don’t care that it’s spectacularly, unapologetically, borderline-insanely violent. I don’t care that it’s over-plotted to a degree that might require a few helpful

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America’s character is more super than the comic-book action

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 4,2014 - Full disclosure: Where Marvel Comics super-hero movies are concerned, I have a terrible record of getting it right the first time. Such is the burden of being a recovering adolescent comic-book geek;

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Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

An intriguing first half of a movie

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 4,2014 - There’s a wee problem with the idea of reviewing Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. 1: It’s not actually a movie. Yes, it’s a series of images captured on some image-capturi

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Bad Words

Jason Bateman's inexcusable protagonist sours the humor of Bad Words

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 28,2014 - Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman)—the protagonist of Bad Words, in the loosest possible sense that one could employ the word “protagonist”—appears to be a fairly wretched excuse for a human being.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel may not be Wes Anderson at his deepest

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 21,2014 - As fascinating—and maddening—as it can be watching the arguments that emerge between the fans and detractors of a given filmmaker, it can be almost more fascinating watching fans argue among themselves.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Sequel is an enjoyable charmer

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 21,2014 - “We’re doing a sequel,” sing the Muppets in the opening number of Muppets Most Wanted, “And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good.”

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Need for Speed

Does Aaron Paul have what it takes for alpha-male action?

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 14,2014 - It takes a sizeable sack of balls for a car-chase movie like Need for Speed to feature an early scene in which characters are gathered at a drive-in watching Bullitt.

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300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire makes bloody combat feel bloodless

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 7,2014 - Early in 300: Rise of an Empire, a spirited “debate” breaks out in the middle of the Athenian Senate. The powerful Persian army is headed to Greece, led by the “god-king” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro),

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Oscars 2014: Inside the Envelope

Predicting the Academy Awards winners is easier when you don't care

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 28,2014 - Over the years, I’ve written long and often about my evolving relationship with the Academy Awards, but that relationship can safely be summarized as follows: The Oscars and I agree to disagree
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