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Being Flynn

What the hell happened to De Niro?

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 16,2012 - Seriously, what the hell happened to Robert De Niro? Remember when he was the male counterpart to Meryl Streep—Greatest Living American Actor, incapable of giving a bad performance, a reliable indicator

Film Reviews

21 Jump Street

A bulldozer of hilarious crudeness

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 16,2012 - It’s all well and good that, early in 21 Jump Street, a police chief (Nick Offerman) informs rookie cops Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) that they’re reviving

Film Reviews

John Carter

Familiar sci-fi with a spark of energy

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 9,2012 - If you’ve spent any amount of time as a professional film critic, you get used to a few common rejoinders. We all know exactly what unhappy readers think about our thwarted real career goals, an

Film Reviews

Rampart

A uniquely bracing bad-cop spin

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 9,2012 - Maybe character studies of line-blurring cops are nothing new in popular culture; we’ve had our share of Bad Lieutenants and The Shields.

Film Reviews

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Simple fable stuffed with too much extra plot

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Mar 2,2012 - “There’s more to this story than what’s on the page,” announces the titular character in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Danny DeVito) during the film’s proscenium prologue—and you can almost hear the desperation in his voice.

Theater

Hale Centre Theatre: Zorro the Musical

Flaws are easy to forgive

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 28,2012 - In staging the U.S. premiere of Zorro: The Musical, Hale Centre Theatre has accomplished the closest thing to putting a Hollywood summer blockbuster onto a theater stage.

Film Reviews

A Separation

Complex drama isn't just about Iran

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 24,2012 - Kingdoms will fall and seas will boil before a significant portion of the American movie-going audience goes to see a subtitled Iranian film like Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-nominated A Separation.

Film Reviews

Act of Valor

Compelling action, not much else

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 24,2012 - Plenty of movies let you know fairly quickly that they’re going to be excruciating. Far rarer is something that starts out excruciating, then becomes utterly fascinating.

Film Reviews

This Means War

Wild situations, no real people

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 17,2012 - It has taken decades of watching and writing about movies, but This Means War might have finally helped me articulate what feels like a fundamental rule about would-be escapist entertainment:

Film Reviews

The Secret World of Arrietty

Texture & depth over pure speed

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 17,2012 - If your impression of animated features has been shaped entirely by the whiz-bang studio product of the CGI era, bring an open mind to The Secret World of Arrietty. That’s not the way Japan’s Studio Ghibli rolls.
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