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The Rum Diary

Art-house Depp in the multiplex

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 28,2011 - Johnny Depp spent more than 15 years building exactly the kind of cinematic résumé that keeps actors from being movie stars, roles featuring weird hair and silly voices.

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Margin Call

No catharsis, no answers

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 28,2011 - If you go to see a drama about the guys in suits who dicked over the world during the 2008 financial meltdown, you either want catharsis, or you want answers.

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Johnny English Reborn

The least-anticipated sequel ever

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 21,2011 - When we last left Johnny English, Rowan Atkinson’s dubiously qualified British secret agent … wait, what’s that? You say you don’t recall Johnny English, the 2003 feature that

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The Three Musketeers

No spirit, no heart, no fun

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Oct 21,2011 - There are luscious possibilities in the notion of a gearpunk Three Musketeers. This movie posits a secret hiding place in Venice in which Leonardo da Vinci hid all his plans for cool crap

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Footloose

More revival than remake

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 14,2011 - You probably weren’t expecting a profound existential enigma in the new Footloose, co-writer/director Craig Brewer’s remake of the affectionately remembered 1984 youth-empowerment cheese

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Point Blank

Slick genre exercise gets it right

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 14,2011 - It’s already clear that French filmmaker Fred Cavayé makes the kind of films Hollywood wishes it made; it only took a couple of years for his 2008 debut, Pour Elle

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The Ides of March

Journey from cynic to bigger cynic

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 7,2011 - Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling)—the precociously successful political-media consultant at the center of The Ides of March—knows how to handle his business. Sure, he might believe that the man

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Real Steel

Rocky sock-'em robots

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 7,2011 - Real Steel might look from promotional materials like it’s simple genre mayhem, but in a weird way it’s almost experimental cinema. The experiment is this: How many crowd-pleasing formulas

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50/50

Entertaining, if non-committal

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 30,2011 - In the opening scene of the comedy-drama 50/50, 27-year-old Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) jogs through early-morning downtown Seattle.

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Senna

A fascinating racing doc

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 30,2011 - In an era where movie trailers reveal every possible plot twist and academic studies suggest we actually like spoilers, it’s wonderful to get a blast of the unfamiliar like Senna
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