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Exclusive: SLC Punk 2 will film in Utah

Director says fan support changed his mind

By Colin Wolf
POSTED // Nov 11,2013 - Since he first announced a sequel to the cult-classic SLC Punk this summer, director James Merendino has maintained that the film’s followup, SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead, will not, by any means, be filmed in Salt Lake City.

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12 Years a Slave

Mixing indelible moments with conventional drama

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 8,2013 - Near the halfway point in 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)—a free black man in 1841 New York who was drugged, abducted, stripped of his identity and sold into Southern slaver

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

Epic-scale story about more than just sex

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 8,2013 - Because that’s the way the American media works, you probably know Blue Is the Warmest Color as “that movie with the seven-minute (or “10-minute” or “20-minute,” depending on how hyperbolic the report) lesbian sex

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Ender's Game

A heartless justification of might making right

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Nov 1,2013 - The book is better. I haven’t even read Orson Scott Card’s book, and I know this must be the case, because there’s little here in the adaptation by director Gavin Hood (Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

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Last Vegas

Geezers gone wild

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 1,2013 - If I gave you the basic premise “four 70-ish-year-old guys spend a weekend in Vegas,” you could probably write a close approximation of what screenwriter Dan Fogelman actually did for Last Vegas.

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All Is Lost

All Is Lost showcases a quiet, primal struggle for survival

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 25,2013 - We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost.

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Escape From Tomorrow

More than mocking the Mouse

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 25,2013 - When Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the story wasn’t the “what”; it was the “how.”

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The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate can't make its real-world drama worth remembering

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 18,2013 - Every year, during the Sundance Film Festival, it becomes kind of a defense mechanism for me to write as much as I can about a movie as soon as I’ve seen it; too many movies packed into such a c

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We Are What We Are

An unfiltered shot of the real stuff

By Andrew Wright
POSTED // Oct 18,2013 - Director Jim Mickle first fired up a signal flare among horror fans with 2006’s Mulberry Street, a no-budget melding of Cassavetes-style realism and giant mutant rat men.

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Inequality for All

An inconvenient goof

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 11,2013 - For those of you who missed previous episodes: You can agree with a documentary’s ideas and still think it’s a bad movie. You can agree with a documentary’s ideas and still think it’s a bad movie.
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