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The Trip

Steve Coogan nails playing himself

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 22,2011 - It took a little while, but Steve Coogan appears to have figured out his perfect part. Sure, he became famous among Brits and Anglophiles for his pompous, insecure chat-show host character Alan Partri

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Trollhunter

Legitimately suspenseful or goofy lark?

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 22,2011 - The “found footage/faux documentary” subgenre has been around long enough now that we should understand how and why it works. But Trollhunter is evidence that perhaps we don’t.

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Tabloid

Errol Morris' wild-ride documentary

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 15,2011 - In the most recent efforts of his 30-year documentary-filmmaking career, Errol Morris has found himself fascinated by—and fascinated us with—the stories of people commonly accepted to be villains

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Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry says goodbye by reaching adulthood

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 15,2011 - If you’ve followed the cinematic adventures of Harry Potter over the past decade, it’s hard to imagine how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 could fail.

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The Lost Sequels

Follow-ups to unexploited box-office hits

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 8,2011 - This 2011 “Summer of the Sequel” has been a reminder that Hollywood never wants to leave money on the table.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Bay's latest doesn’t know when to stop

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 1,2011 - During the prologue of Transformers: Dark of the Moon—director Michael Bay’s latest feature-length rolling-around-in-piles-of-money cinemajaculation—we learn a plot-crucial piece of revisionist history.

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Beginners

Wears emotions, kookiness on its sleeve

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 1,2011 - Plenty of coverage of writer/director Mike Mills’ Beginners has focused on how the filmmaker’s past influenced the story.

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Cars 2

No soul at the core of Cars 2

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 24,2011 - Dear friends: I know it’s been lonely. We’ve seen the conventional wisdom grow that Pixar has had a nearly perfect 15-year run of features ...

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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Unceasingly funny tour doc

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 24,2011 - In the court of public opinion, Conan O’Brien clearly emerged victorious in NBC’s mishandling of him, Jay Leno and The Tonight Show; I suppose there are people who took Leno’s side ...

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The Tree of Life

Trying to understand God

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 17,2011 - Writing about a Terrence Malick film—like the majestic, instantlyargument-provoking The Tree of Life—somehow can’t help turning into writing about the way people generally react to a
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