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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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Dolphin Tale

How to train your dolphin

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 23,2011 - Sure, you could feel like a sucker for getting misty-eyed over yet another variation on the “boy and his dog” storyline like Dolphin Tale, especially one that gets clunky in its mechanics.

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Moneyball

Thinking outside the batter's box

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 23,2011 - “Nobody re-invents this game,” a baseball announcer smugly intones late in the deliciously entertaining Moneyball—and the same sentiment could represent the general approach to baseball

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Drive

The joys of pure cinematic technique

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 16,2011 - A word or two, if I may, in defense of the notion of style—as well as an observation regarding how patently absurd it is that style should need to be defended.

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Brighton Rock

Complex morality and confused souls

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 16,2011 - You’ll forgive a little anxiety going into the new adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock, from writer/director Rowan Joffe.

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Warrior

MMA already has its Rocky

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Sep 9,2011 - With mixed martial arts gaining popularity as a more violent alternative to boxing, it was only a matter of time before the sport got the big-screen treatment.

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Contagion

Chilling realism and an A-list crew

By Andrew Wright
POSTED // Sep 8,2011 - Comfort food of a very peculiar sort, the all-star disaster-movie cycle of the 1970s derived no small amount of guiltless fun from an ironclad formula

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Attack the Block

An effortlessly cool sci-fi comedy

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Sep 2,2011 - The hairy, luminescent-fanged extraterrestrials that wreak havoc in Attack the Block are exotic and frightening, to be sure.

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Books-to-Movies 2011

Multiplex-bound literary works

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 2,2011 - 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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