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Young Adult

Diablo Cody figures out how to do it right

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 16,2011 - Yes, there’s some irony here: The Juno screenwriter who was both lauded (with an Oscar) and reviled (by those who groaned at the slanguage) for wallowing in high-school hipness decided to skewer people who can’t quite grow up.

Film Reviews

New Year's Eve

A stream-of-consciousness review

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 9,2011 - Because New Year’s Eve is a unique movie experience—or at least as unique as you can get from director Garry Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate,

Film Reviews

The Skin I Live In

Just fundamentally unpleasant

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 9,2011 - For more than 25 years, Pedro Almodóvar’s penchant for lurid melodramatic plot twists and kinky sexuality has generally been softened by a frisky sense of humor

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Melancholia

Lars von Trier throws emotional haymakers

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 2,2011 - Whatever else you might want to say about Lars von Trier—and it’s hard to imagine that it hasn’t been said before, in tones ranging from befuddlement to outrage

Film Reviews

The Descendants

Greatness stunted into mere good-ness

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 23,2011 - Since so much of The Descendants is about coming to terms with what parts of the past to hold on to and which parts to let go of, here’s a little personal grieving

Film Reviews

The Muppets

A showcase that's a clucking masterpiece

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 23,2011 - Hard as it is to pick one scene that captures everything that is so delightful about the endlessly entertaining The Muppets,

Film Reviews

Happy Feet Two

Sequel is a big pile of crazy

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 18,2011 - Late in the new animated sequel Happy Feet Two, a penguin chick named Erik (Ava Acres)—previously a timid and quiet little thing—bursts into operatic voice at a moment when hope seems dim.

Film Reviews

Like Crazy

A piercingly perfect little heartbreaker

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 18,2011 - Full disclosure statement: Long-distance relationships have pretty much defined my romantic life, both with happy and unhappy endings.

Film Reviews

J. Edgar

'Who' and 'what' without the 'why?'

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 11,2011 - Because nothing is more intriguing than people, and in theory celebrated people are even more intriguing, it continues to be a baffling frustration that cinematic biopics

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Interview with writer & star

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 11,2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene follows a young woman dealing with the aftermath of time spent in a rural cult-like commune.
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