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Zero Dark Thirty

Deepening the moral complexity

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 11,2013 - A lot of generally intelligent people have said a lot of dumb things about Zero Dark Thirty, all likely with the best of intentions. Some have argued that it glorifies torture by showing that “enhanced interrogation methods”

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Gangster Squad

The Chicago way ... again

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 11,2013 - Early in Gangster Squad, circa-1949 Los Angeles crime kingpin Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) tells a Mafia rival he’s no longer beholden to the Italians in Chicago because he’s got a new vision for doing business.

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Promised Land

Land falls short of its promise

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 4,2013 - In the opening minutes of Promised Land, Steve Butler (Matt Damon)—a local representative for a massive energy company—awaits a meeting with a company boss as Butler is considered for a regional vice-president position.

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The Impossible

Raw, remarkably harrowing

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 4,2013 - Yes: There are fair reasons to be frustrated with The Impossible, director Juan Antonio Bayona’s fact-based account of a European family trying to survive the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia

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Film: Tops of 2012

Ignoring the arbitrary "10"

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 28,2012 - Somewhere along the line, the number 10 landed itself a really great publicist, with lists of the best and worst of anything locked into groupings that should make us pity that poor 11th-best anything.

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Les Miserables

Misses the power of its source

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 21,2012 - Les Misérables misses the power of its source material.By Scott Renshawscottr@cityweekly.netMaybe it’s not necessary for me to lay out my Les Misérables bona fides. Maybe it doesn&

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This Is 40

Judd Apatow's messy midlife

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 21,2012 - I have a dream that, one of these days, Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) is going to make a 100-minute comedy so tightly packed with great material that you’re not going to be able to breathe

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Too much heaviness on simple quest

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 14,2012 - “All good stories deserve embellishment,” says the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Hitchcock

A thin book of Psycho trivia

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 14,2012 - Some bad movies feel like the result of unfulfilled potential, something that was close to working if this or that had fallen just slightly a different way.

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Playing for Keeps

A long slog of a waiting game

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 7,2012 - On a certain level, I suppose you can’t blame an annoying thing for being what it is. There’s no point in getting righteously indignant about a mosquito sucking the very life out of you
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