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Our Idiot Brother

Finding humor in fundamental decency

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 26,2011 - We all bring certain baggage to movies, and here’s one of my too-big-for-carry-on pieces: I hate holy fools.

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The Devil's Double

Cheap, tawdry & pointless flick

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Aug 26,2011 - Hoorah! Time to start mythologizing the reign of Saddam Hussein! The Devil’s Double has arrived! Whoa, that Uday Hussein was a psycho, huh?

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One Day

Strong relationship overcomes gimmick

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 19,2011 - It’s all laughably ridiculous, of course, the entire concept behind the romantic comedy-drama One Day.

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Fright Night

B-movie content, with respect

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 19,2011 - A moment, please, to rant at movie theaters: Turn up the damned projection bulbs. If you want us to pay extra for 3-D—even for fun, well-used 3-D like Fright Night—you need to stop making

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Another Earth

A hilarious mess of sci-fi drama

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 12,2011 - The concept behind the Sundance 2011 entry Another Earth is that astronomers have discovered a planet that may be an exact duplicate of our Earth

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The Help

What works—and what doesn't

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 12,2011 - In the “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” department, director/screenwriter Tate Taylor bought the movie rights to Kathryn Stockett’s The Help in 2008

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The Change-Up

Mixed-up formula makes no sense

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 5,2011 - As the latest representative in a long-established genre, The Change-Up is presumed to be a critical punching bag.

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Snow Flower & the Secret Fan

'Adaptation' beaten nearly to death

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 5,2011 - Meticulous fidelity is generally too much to ask of any literary adaptation. But there are adaptations that take liberties, and then there is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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The Smurfs

Pointless crap in the first place

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 29,2011 - Let’s be clear about one thing: In their familiar 1980s cartoon incarnation, The Smurfs were always horrible.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Big laughs, missed chances

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 29,2011 - You’ve seen it a hundred times in a hundred different movies: A car pulls up, the camera clinging to a low angle on the bottom of the car door. A foot emerges.
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