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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.

Film Reviews

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.

Film Reviews

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.”

Film Reviews

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.

Books

Sugarhouse

Memoir tells funny story of a fixer-upper

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 12,2012 - The subtitle on the cover of Matthew Batt’s memoir, Sugarhouse, reads “Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home.”

Film Reviews

Prometheus

"Prequel" stands well on its own

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 8,2012 - While the Internet does its typical speculative-overdrive thing, director Ridley Scott has played fairly coy about whether or not his new science-fiction tale Prometheus is, in fact, a “prequel” of sorts
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