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Cosmopolis

Fascinating, even when it's inscrutable

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 14,2012 - David Cronenberg has spent a 35-year filmmaking career exploring the line where people cross into an obsession that comes to define them and prevent them from connecting with other humans.

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3-D Re-Releases

About more than nostalgia & money

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 14,2012 - “Why?” It’s an obvious question, when pondering the “upgraded” theatrical re-release of older films. But it’s really only half of the question.

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Books to Movies 2012

Perks of Being a Wallflower, Cloud Atlas & more

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 7,2012 - It’s time again for potentially prestigious projects based on books. Here are some of the lesser-known literary works coming to your multiplex before year’s end.

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Lawless

A real-life dark, anti-heroic tale

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 29,2012 - Lawless is a portrait in anti-heroism, the real-life story of larger-than-life characters whose appeal comes from their refusal to play by the rules.

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Premium Rush

Movie junk food the right way

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 24,2012 - The expression “B-movie” generally gets tossed around pejoratively, but here’s the God’s honest truth: Good B-movies like Premium Rush may be a rarer breed than virtually any other kind of movie you could name.

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ParaNorman

Digging into the picked-on outcast

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 17,2012 - I’m not saying the entire feature animation industry has been listening directly to me. But I’d like to say thank you. You guys are starting to get me.

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The Expendables 2

The Art of Bore

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 17,2012 - If there’s one thing The Expendables 2 is really good at—and there is pretty much just this one thing—it’s demonstrating that 2010’s The Expendables was a one-joke wonder

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The Campaign

Outrageousness vs. political outrage

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 10,2012 - People who think a lot about movies tend to put directors in tidy boxes. Call it a remnant of the auteur theory, but we don’t quite know what to do with directors who dabble about in ways that don’t fit an easily defined artistic compartment.

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Ruby Sparks

A compelling, unhealthy relationship

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 10,2012 - It’s no surprise that the trailer for Ruby Sparks inspired dread in some film journalists. Here she was again, it appeared: That perky, quirky, romantic heroine dubbed by pop-culture writer Nathan Rabin “the manic pixie dream girl”

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Total Recall

Killer action, punchy pacing, zero subtext

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 3,2012 - There are films that belong on the “do not remake ever, under penalty of eternal mockery” list, but Total Recall? Puh-leeze. It may have been somewhat more stylish than the typical Arnold Schwarzenegger catchphrase delivery system of the late ’80s and early ’90s, but we’re still talking about satisfying Paul Verhoeven trash here, not an inviolable classic.
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