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Damsels in Distress

A lot of words, but not a lot to say

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 4,2012 - Whit Stillman’s character always had plenty to say. So don’t blame the 14-year gap since his last feature for the sheer verbal density of Damsels in Distress.

Cover Story

Funny Business

Think you know Utah stand-up comedy? The joke's on you

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // May 2,2012 - It’s Tuesday night at The Complex, where it’s likely you’d be taking in a concert and shaking some serious booty. Yet this crowd is far from rowdy. Most of the 20 or so men and women gathered are bent over spiral notebooks

Film Reviews

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

High-quality animation with a British twist

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 27,2012 - America’s movie buffs have had a love affair with Aardman Animations—creators of The Pirates! Band of Misfits—for years. The American general public, on the other hand … well,

Other A&E

Magical Music of John Williams

Next generation introduced to classical music

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 23,2012 - One has certain preconceptions about appropriate attire for the symphony. A Wookiee costume probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

Film Reviews

Bully

Rating aside, doc primarily appeals to parents

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 20,2012 - For weeks, the story surrounding Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully has been about not the movie itself, but about one little letter—the letter “R.”

Film Reviews

The Deep Blue Sea

A piercing, painful study of real love

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 20,2012 - Terence Davies’ adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s 1952 play invites the kind of question we should always be so fortunate to ask: Is Rattigan’s text that timeless, or is Davies’ sense for how to interpret it cinematically that remarkable?

Film Reviews

The Cabin in the Woods

No spoilers here

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 13,2012 - Two men in white shirts (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) have a conversation around a water cooler about mundane topics, like one of them dealing with a wife gone over-the-top with baby-proofing

Film Reviews

The Raid: Redemption

100 minutes of martial-arts porn

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 13,2012 - In a way, it’s fairly indefensible. The Raid: Redemption—subtitle added post-Sundance 2012 due to a trademark conflict—is little more than a flurry of ultraviolence in every possible

Film Reviews

Chico & Rita

Lively story needs no animation justification

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 6,2012 - The idea certainly isn’t one nobody has expressed before—credit to Brad Bird, on his audio commentary for The Incredibles—but I’m happy to steal it for the purposes of discussing Chico & Rita: Animation is not a genre.

Film Reviews

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Clever script, disparate elements

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 30,2012 - There’s a recurring line throughout director Lasse Hallström’s adaptation of Paul Torday’s 2007 novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, regarding what’s possible “in theory.”
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