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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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Paranormal Activity 4

Sinking into tedious irrelevance

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 19,2012 - You’ve seen those TV ads for the Paranormal Activity movies in which night-visioned moviegoers jump and scream at the latest PA flick they were lucky enough to get an advanced showing of.

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Argo

Ben Affleck shows his skills as a director of suspense

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 12,2012 - It seems absurd to those who still associate him with Daredevil, J-Lo and Gigli, but when our backs were all turned, Ben Affleck became a Serious Filmmaker.

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Seven Psychopaths

Violent, profane and relentlessly funny

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 12,2012 - Maybe you don’t know the name Martin McDonagh yet. Maybe even if you saw his 2008 feature debut, In Bruges, you didn’t register the filmmaker. But please put this guy on your list of the most brilliantly inventive comic filmmakers in the world.

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Frankenweenie

Tim Burton's youthful creative re-spark

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 5,2012 - In 1984, a 25-year-old Disney animator named Tim Burton made a 29-minute live-action short film called Frankenweenie. The charming, lively story found a suburban schoolboy named Victor Frankenstein

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Taken 2

Liam Neeson is Taken, Too!

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 5,2012 - If there’s one important lesson we can all learn from Taken 2, it’s this: Albanian sex-slavers are people, too, OK? Their mothers love them, and if you kill them, their fathers/bosses will hunt you down and kill you in return.

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Looper

It's (not) about time

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 28,2012 - Pay attention to Rian Johnson, because he’s trying to tell his audience how to watch his deliriously effective science-fiction thriller Looper. He does it when Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)—a

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Compliance

Unpleasantness with a philosophical punch

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 28,2012 - Yes, writer/director Craig Zobel’s unsettling drama Compliance provides a harrowing true-life demonstration of the infamous Milgram experiment in blind deference to authority.

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The Master

Powerful relationship fuels extraordinary film

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 21,2012 - Is The Master—Paul Thomas Anderson’s hauntingly intimate epic—about Scientology? That’s been the focus of attention for many with only peripheral interest in the film itself,
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