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Under the Skin

Under the Skin casts the hypnotic spell of experiencing the world for the first time

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 18,2014 - Among the first discernible sounds in Under the Skin—director Jonathan Glazer’s instant masterpiece of meditation-on-the-human-experience body horror—is Scarlett Johansson’s voice practicing sounds.

Film Reviews

Nymphomaniac Vol. 2

Coitus continuous and a frustrating climax

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 18,2014 - When we left Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, we’d been stopped cold in the middle of an ongoing narrative with damaged, ravenously sexual Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) relating her life story to the bookish,

Film Reviews

Draft Day

Kevin Costner is back in a milieu that showcases him best

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 11,2014 - Journey back with me, if you will, some 20-25 years to the prime of Kevin Costner’s reign as a movie star, forged in vehicles ranging from romances to epics to big-budget summer spectacles. He w

Film Reviews

The Raid 2

Violence is golden

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 11,2014 - I don’t care that The Raid 2 runs 2 1/2 hours. I don’t care that it’s spectacularly, unapologetically, borderline-insanely violent. I don’t care that it’s over-plotted to a degree that might require a few helpful

Film Reviews

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America’s character is more super than the comic-book action

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 4,2014 - Full disclosure: Where Marvel Comics super-hero movies are concerned, I have a terrible record of getting it right the first time. Such is the burden of being a recovering adolescent comic-book geek;

Film Reviews

Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

An intriguing first half of a movie

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 4,2014 - There’s a wee problem with the idea of reviewing Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. 1: It’s not actually a movie. Yes, it’s a series of images captured on some image-capturi

Theater

Pioneer Theatre Company: Deathtrap

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 1,2014 - Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Ira Levin’s 1978 comedic thriller Deathtrap has been around long enough—including a film adaptation—that plenty of its surprises are bound not to be surprises for every viewer.

Theater

Plan-B Theatre Company: 3

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 1,2014 - Omnibus collections of any kind—short films, short stories, short plays—often feel only as strong as their weakest link. And then there are those pleasant rare exceptions where there really isn’t a weak link, and where the individual segments build on and inform one another to the point where it feels fully cohesive.

Books

Dangerous, The Shadow Prince, The Haven

Reviews: Three fantasy & sci-fi young-adult tales from Utah authors

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 28,2014 - Maybe it shouldn’t matter that Shannon Hale’s new novel is a young-adult super-hero adventure whose protagonist is female, non-white and disabled. How lovely it would be to live in a world of faeries and unicorns where stories

Film Reviews

Bad Words

Jason Bateman's inexcusable protagonist sours the humor of Bad Words

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 28,2014 - Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman)—the protagonist of Bad Words, in the loosest possible sense that one could employ the word “protagonist”—appears to be a fairly wretched excuse for a human being.
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