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Ice Age: Continental Drift

Just another prehistoric error

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 13,2012 - Now that we have improbably reached the fourth installment in the Ice Age franchise, can we just acknowledge that these features are little more than a Scrat delivery system?

Film Reviews

Damn! These Heels 2012

Previews of 9th annual LGBT film fest

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 12,2012 - From July 13 to 15, the Utah Film Center presents the ninth-annual Damn! These Heels Film Festival, showcasing 11 fiction and documentary features on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes.

Film Reviews

To Rome With Love

Woody Allen spins his wheels in Italy

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 6,2012 - Flush from the career resurgence of 2011’s Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen takes us to the latest stop on his long European vacation in the multinarrative tale To Rome With Love.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

An amazing Spider-Fail

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 2,2012 - I’m sure there are people who will argue that The Amazing Spider-Man should be evaluated on its own merits, as a work separate from the legacy of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films over the past decade.

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Magic Mike

Distinctive energy in a formulaic story

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 29,2012 - Score one for the auteur theory: It’s easy to imagine that, directed by pretty much anyone besides Steven Soderbergh, Magic Mike would have been virtually unwatchable.

Film Reviews

Your Sister's Sister

Strong setup, soggy resolution

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 29,2012 - Maybe it was too much to ask that writer/director Lynn Shelton follow up a debut as bracing as Humpday with something just as brilliant.

Film Reviews

Brave

The heart of something thorny & human

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 22,2012 - At first glance, it looked like Pixar was about to do the unthinkable: Brave was going to stick us with another variation on the “Rudolph plot.”

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Rom-Com-pocalypse Now

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 22,2012 - In these apocalypse-obsessed times leading up to December 2012, we’ve seen the end of the world as we know it turned into a metaphor for plenty of different social and political ideas.

Film Reviews

Rock of Ages

Fun in songs goes beyond mere nostalgia

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 15,2012 - Is Rock of Ages fundamentally—OK, for the sake of argument, let’s say entirely—about nostalgia? Sure, it is. The better question is, how is it about nostalgia?

Film Reviews

Moonrise Kingdom

More than a 'lovers on the run' story

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 15,2012 - There are filmmakers who seem destined to be misunderstood as shallow stylists simply because what they do on the surface is so distinctive.
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