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Despicable Me 2

A joke machine, but a pretty good joke machine

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 3,2013 - It’s entirely possible that if you remove the Minions from the Despicable Me movies, they would be utterly without value. But there they are. And they’re funny little sons-o’-guns.

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The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, like its star, spends 2 1/2 hours smirking at its own jokes

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 3,2013 - Oh, Johnny Depp: He had us in the palm of his hand. We hard-core movie buffs loved what he represented. Here was a too-pretty-to-be-true movie star who, instead of gravitating toward safe choices, built an entire career out

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White House Down

Jamie Foxx & Channing Tatum in executive action

By Eric D. Snider
POSTED // Jun 28,2013 - For a German guy, Roland Emmerich has demonstrated an unusual interest in American history, government and iconography. Or in blowin’ it all up, anyway.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

25 years ago, Who Framed Roger Rabbit combined something brand new with a little nostalgia

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 27,2013 - In 1988—25 years ago on June 22—Who Framed Roger Rabbit became a box-office sensation. You can be forgiven for getting a bit nostalgic—especially since nostalgia was a fundamental part of that film’s DNA,

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The Bling Ring

Using superficiality to capture superficiality

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 21,2013 - If it weren’t for the endless parade of cinematic apocalypses, 2013 at the movies might go down as The Year of Vapid Materialism Gone Criminal. Already we’ve seen Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers

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Monsters University

MU finds value not just in talent, but in hard work

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 21,2013 - Animated CharacterMonsters University finds value not just in talent, but in hard work.By Scott Renshawscottr@cityweekly.netRatatouille, like most of Pixar’s feature films—let’s all

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Before Midnight

Before Midnight turns Jesse & Celine's reunion into a stunning story of love & time

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 14,2013 - There’s no point attempting to separate one’s response to director Richard Linklater’s third visit with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) from those that came before—and indeed, you’ll miss the point of what’s so

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Man of Steel

Less Steel, More Man

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 13,2013 - For years, Warner Bros. has been trying to figure out how to make Superman—that unapologetically square, virtually indestructible throwback hero—relevant for the 21st century. With Man of Steel, it seems they realized how to do it: Turn him into Spider-Man.

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Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley wrestles with family history

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 7,2013 - In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley has either crafted one of the most deeply narcissistic documentaries ever, or one of the most deeply poignant. The fact that I can’t quite decide which of those is true makes it frustratingly

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The Purge

Questioning our own human nature

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 7,2013 - Maybe it’s implausible. Ten years from now, America is a veritable paradise—unemployment is at 1 percent, crime is virtually nonexistent—thanks to the Purge, an annual 12-hour free-for-all during which all crime,
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