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Anna Karenina

Welcome theatricality in a stolid genre

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 30,2012 - Literary historical costume dramas: They’re all over theaters, especially during the awards-baiting fall and winter months. They fill their casts with great actors, place them in meticulously decorated rooms

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Killing Them Softly

Heist thriller doesn't trust the audience

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 30,2012 - Writer/director Andrew Dominik’s heist thriller Killing Me Softly is set in 2008, during the height of the panic over the U.S. financial collapse and the run-up to Barack Obama’s election.

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Silver Linings Playbook

Rom-com with gritty emotional consequence

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 21,2012 - Matthew Quick’s terrific 2008 novel The Silver Linings Playbook was a jaggedly funny, often unsettling first-person story of a man trying to return to normalcy after a traumatic event leads to a psychological breakdown

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Life of Pi

Absurd, remarkable to behold

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 21,2012 - It’s going to be fascinating to watch what part of Life of Pi might wind up irritating viewers most: its decidedly Unitarian-Universalist religious leanings,

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Lincoln

An epic pursuit of pragmatic politics

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 16,2012 - “Compromise … or you risk it all,” the president of the United States warns an ideologically rigid member of his own party—and no, you haven’t just walked into a Campaign 2012 reality show.

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Skyfall

The continued relevance of James Bond

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 9,2012 - It’s hard not to walk away from the thrilling Skyfall with the impression that the James Bond franchise is feeling just a touch … defensive.

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Wuthering Heights

Cutting to the heart of the matter

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 9,2012 - Yes, there are mist-covered moors and tragic romantic entanglements. But in other fairly significant ways, this isn’t the Wuthering Heights you may think you know.

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Wreck-It Ralph

Building the wrong universe

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 2,2012 - In the realm of fantasy fiction, they call it “world-building”: the appeal of an entirely distinct universe, perhaps based on some future of our own world, perhaps set somewhere and sometime else entirely.

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Flight

A nose dive for Denzel & Zemeckis

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 2,2012 - Director Robert Zemeckis has spent a decade focused entirely on photo-realistic computer animation like The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol. With Flight—his first live-action feature since Cast Away in 2000

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Cloud Atlas

Compelling stories, grandiose cacophony

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 26,2012 - There is nobility in striving for a cause that seems foolhardy, toward a goal that—if reached—could bring greater joy and understanding to the world.
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