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Dark Horse

Cinema of uneasiness loses steam

By Andrew Wright
POSTED // Aug 3,2012 - Director Todd Solondz had his moment in the … well, we’ll call it “sunshine” with 1998’s Happiness, a spectacularly assured downer that somehow served as the missing link between John Waters and Ingmar Bergman.

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The Wisdom of Crowds

Does a 'real audience' make a movie opinion matter more?

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 26,2012 - It started as a simple Twitter comment by movie-awards blogger Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily.com—or at least she probably thought it was simple. “Most critics see films with a poker-faced cro

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Below the raves, above the backlash

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 20,2012 - When it comes to movies, “buzz” is a potentially game-changing—and potentially heartbreaking—phenomenon. And Beasts of the Southern Wild has felt both sides of the equation.

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The Dark Knight Rises

Nolan stumbles while reaching for transcendence

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 18,2012 - Over the past seven years, Christopher Nolan has been turning the story of a comic-book superhero into an operatic meditation on what it is that can save us from ourselves. And as he approaches the climactic, soaring aria in the final act—The Dark Knight Rises—his voice cracks.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift

Just another prehistoric error

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 13,2012 - Now that we have improbably reached the fourth installment in the Ice Age franchise, can we just acknowledge that these features are little more than a Scrat delivery system?

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Damn! These Heels 2012

Previews of 9th annual LGBT film fest

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 12,2012 - From July 13 to 15, the Utah Film Center presents the ninth-annual Damn! These Heels Film Festival, showcasing 11 fiction and documentary features on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes.

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To Rome With Love

Woody Allen spins his wheels in Italy

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 6,2012 - Flush from the career resurgence of 2011’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen takes us to the latest stop on his long European vacation in the multinarrative tale To Rome With Love.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

An amazing Spider-Fail

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 2,2012 - I’m sure there are people who will argue that The Amazing Spider-Man should be evaluated on its own merits, as a work separate from the legacy of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films over the past decade.

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Magic Mike

Distinctive energy in a formulaic story

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 29,2012 - Score one for the auteur theory: It’s easy to imagine that, directed by pretty much anyone besides Steven Soderbergh, Magic Mike would have been virtually unwatchable.

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Your Sister's Sister

Strong setup, soggy resolution

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 29,2012 - Maybe it was too much to ask that writer/director Lynn Shelton follow up a debut as bracing as Humpday with something just as brilliant.
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