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Oblivion

Deja viewing with Tom Cruise

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Apr 19,2013 - Go on! Indulge in the very best movie-promo tie-in ever: the Oblivion-branded Mandatory Memory Wipe, available at the concession stand. Then walk into Oblivion with no recollection of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Upstream Color

Bizarre elements can't obstruct human drama

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 19,2013 - For all those who found themselves perplexed beyond measure by Shane Carruth’s 2004 debut feature, the infinitely mind-bendy time-travel yarn Primer: It’s not nearly as complicated keeping

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42

A string of feel-good homilies

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 12,2013 - At a pivotal moment in the new Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) tries to console Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), who’s furious over the abuse and humiliation he’s required to

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NO

Sometimes style is better than substance

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 12,2013 - With the constant drone of the 2012 campaign season still ringing in our ears, it’s hard to imagine building a heroic narrative out of political advertising.

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Jurassic Park 3D

Old-school effects helped innovations seem real

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 5,2013 - In June 1993, I stood in line at a Northern California multiplex with my then-roommates, awaiting our showtime for Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. One of them in particular had been giddy for weeks leading up

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Like Someone in Love

Isolation drives fascinating film

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 29,2013 - If I were to distill my gut reaction as the final credits began to roll on my first viewing of Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love, it would look something like this: “Wha?”

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Spring Breakers

Assaults on the quest for eternal vacation

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 22,2013 - Provocateur: It’s such a loaded, even lazy term. Sure, it might seem to apply to Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine as much as it would to any filmmaker.

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Olympus Has Fallen

A better way to Die Hard

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 22,2013 - Sure, I’m a critic—but I’m also an American, and I don’t like seeing our institutions in peril. Which is why Olympus Has Fallen had me muttering angrily to myself: “Why couldn’t this have been the latest Die Hard movie?”

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Hilarious when it's not trying to be sincere

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 15,2013 - Funny—like former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s legendary line about pornography—is an “I know it when I see it” proposition. Often, nothing will kill a joke faster than trying to analyze it.

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56 Up

Reality TV's longest-running experiment

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 15,2013 - With the arrival of 56 Up, I think it’s fair to ask: Has Michael Apted’s now-legendary documentary series become more theoretically fascinating than actually fascinating?
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