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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

Film Reviews

Madagascar 3

Tired series feels (mostly) fresh again

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 8,2012 - What do you do for a story when you’re plowing your way into the third installment of an animated film series that was never particularly inspired to begin with?

Film Reviews

Grade Expectations

Making up your mind before the movie

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 31,2012 - On April 20, Box Office Magazine published online Amy Nicholson’s review of the blockbuster The Avengers. At the time, it was the only review aggregated by RottenTomatoes.com that did not bear t

Film Reviews

The Dictator

Comedy without unwitting suckers

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 16,2012 - With The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen finds himself addressing a situation no entertainer wants to confront: What do you do when the shtick that was your bread & butter just can’t work anymor

Film Reviews

Dark Shadows

The Burton/Depp joint goes sour

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 11,2012 - Dark Shadows marks the eighth collaboration between director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp over a span of more than 20 years, and in some ways you could certainly say the partnership has been a fruitful

Film Reviews

Undefeated

The simple power of affecting a life

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 11,2012 - When Undefeated scored a victory in the Documentary Feature category at this year’s Academy Awards, it would have been easy to take the cynical view that it was simply another Triumph of the Cam

Theater

WTC: Chapter Two

Where you sit surprisingly important

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 8,2012 - Think carefully about where you sit in the Rose Wagner Studio Theater for Wasatch Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.

Theater

PTC: Man of La Mancha

Charles Morey's farewell production

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 8,2012 - When a single song is as iconically associated with a musical as “The Impossible Dream” is with Man of La Mancha ...

Film Reviews

The Avengers

Wait for the ass-kickings to commence

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 4,2012 - From Harry Potter to Twilight, from The Hunger Games to the new Marvel’s The Avengers and every comic-book movie that has preceded it, adaptations of beloved pop-culture properties face a question that is rarely asked
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