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West of Memphis

Tying up controversy, for better & worse

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 8,2013 - Let’s not put too fine a point on it: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky saved Damien Echols’ life. That wasn’t their intent when they started making a documentary that came to be called Paradise Lost,

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Oz the Great & Powerful

Pay no attention to fan-fiction-itis

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Mar 8,2013 - So, it turns out in Oz the Great & Powerful that the man behind the curtain is even smaller and less mighty than Dorothy had discovered in the Emerald City.

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Jack the Giant Slayer

A colossally lazy fairy tale

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 1,2013 - As soon as the closing credits for Jack the Giant Slayer began to roll, I knew I was in dangerous territory. Once again, I was about to enter the “lighten up” zone.

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Oscar Obscurities 2013

Handicapping the other categories

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 22,2013 - Bet as many Lincolns as you can on Daniel Day-Lewis. Anne Hathaway will be carrying away a gold statuette for dreaming a dream. And you can Argo to the bank on Ben Affleck’s film as a Best Picture favorite.

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20 Years as a Film Critic

Reflecting on 2 decades of reviewing

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 22,2013 - If you want to get an ironic dose of contemplating the passage of time, consider this: Feb. 12 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Groundhog Day in 1993.

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Amour

A hard, moving look at real love

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 15,2013 - Early on in Michael Haneke’s harrowing, moving Amour, 80-something-year-old Georges Laurent (Jean-Louis Trintignant) brings his wife, Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), back home to their Paris apartment to a life that

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Beautiful Creatures

Overwrought magical kerfuffles

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 14,2013 - Look, I’m gonna be frank here: This whole paranormal and/or apocalyptic teen romance sub-genre that appears to have taken over young-adult literature, movies and the world? It needs to die.

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Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh says farewell

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 8,2013 - Steven Soderbergh recently announced his retirement from making feature films—and it was a bleak day for those who think “genre” is a dirty word if you love movies.

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Sundance 2013 Wrap-Up

2013 Festival hit highest notes with laughs

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 1,2013 - Leading up to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, I started the “#SundanceReality” Twitter hashtag, including a comment that “Attendees tend to over-praise comedies

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Rust & Bone

More than a "wounded person" drama

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 1,2013 - If you heard the basic concept for Rust & Bone and assumed it was just another “wounded person learns to heal” drama, you’d be partly right. But not likely in the way you were thinking.
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