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Premium Rush

Movie junk food the right way

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 24,2012 - The expression “B-movie” generally gets tossed around pejoratively, but here’s the God’s honest truth: Good B-movies like Premium Rush may be a rarer breed than virtually any other kind of movie you could name.

Film Reviews

ParaNorman

Digging into the picked-on outcast

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 17,2012 - I’m not saying the entire feature animation industry has been listening directly to me. But I’d like to say thank you. You guys are starting to get me.

Film Reviews

The Campaign

Outrageousness vs. political outrage

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 10,2012 - People who think a lot about movies tend to put directors in tidy boxes. Call it a remnant of the auteur theory, but we don’t quite know what to do with directors who dabble about in ways that don’t fit an easily defined artistic compartment.

Film Reviews

Ruby Sparks

A compelling, unhealthy relationship

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 10,2012 - It’s no surprise that the trailer for Ruby Sparks inspired dread in some film journalists. Here she was again, it appeared: That perky, quirky, romantic heroine dubbed by pop-culture writer Nathan Rabin “the manic pixie dream girl”

Film Reviews

Total Recall

Killer action, punchy pacing, zero subtext

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 3,2012 - There are films that belong on the “do not remake ever, under penalty of eternal mockery” list, but Total Recall? Puh-leeze. It may have been somewhat more stylish than the typical Arnold Schwarzenegger catchphrase delivery system of the late ’80s and early ’90s, but we’re still talking about satisfying Paul Verhoeven trash here, not an inviolable classic.

Food & Drink

The Bluebird

Logan restaurant a piece of Americana

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 31,2012 - Logan has the kind of Main Street that evokes the feelings that iconic designation should evoke.

Film Reviews

The Wisdom of Crowds

Does a 'real audience' make a movie opinion matter more?

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 26,2012 - It started as a simple Twitter comment by movie-awards blogger Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily.com—or at least she probably thought it was simple. “Most critics see films with a poker-faced cro

Theater

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Weekend fest offers more than productions

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 24,2012 - “I just call it ‘Utah Festival,’” said Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre director Michael Ballam during one pre-show “informance,” joking that the official title “keeps getting longer.”

Film Reviews

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Below the raves, above the backlash

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 20,2012 - When it comes to movies, “buzz” is a potentially game-changing—and potentially heartbreaking—phenomenon. And Beasts of the Southern Wild has felt both sides of the equation.

Film Reviews

The Dark Knight Rises

Nolan stumbles while reaching for transcendence

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 18,2012 - Over the past seven years, Christopher Nolan has been turning the story of a comic-book superhero into an operatic meditation on what it is that can save us from ourselves. And as he approaches the climactic, soaring aria in the final act—The Dark Knight Rises—his voice cracks.
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