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Sundance 2014: Festival of Funny

The best of this year's Sundance Film Festival didn't take their subjects too seriously

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 31,2014 - For 11 days in Utah’s mountains in January, not a flake of precipitation fell on the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And the cheery blue skies could not possibly have been a better match for the mood of the festival’s best films.

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Sundance 2014: What's New & How To Sundance

If it's your first Sundance or your 30th, make sure you've got these basics down

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 16,2014 - Over the years at the Sundance Film Festival, many things have stayed the same—the tricky logistics of moving between venues, sold-out screenings and temperatures that challenge the resolve

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Sundance 2014: By the Book

The source material of some of this year's literary adaptations

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 16,2014 - More than most film festivals, Sundance is built on discoveries of the brand-new: rookie filmmakers, never-before-seen actors, untold stories.

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Sundance 2014: Failing Up

Notable film gambles & goofs

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 16,2014 - With 2014 marking the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Institute taking over operations of what began as the U.S. Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival coordinators chose a somewhat counterintuitive theme for an anniversary celebration: failure.

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Her

Her uses high-concept science-fiction to find the complexity in dealing with real people

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 10,2014 - Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix)—the protagonist of Spike Jonze’s gorgeous science-fiction romance Her—is a sensitive guy. You can see it in the way he does his job as a 21st-century Cyrano, surrogate-writing romantic

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August: Osage County

The theater of familial recriminations

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 10,2014 - In all fairness, you should probably just ignore me when it comes to August: Osage County, since Tracy Letts’ adaptation of his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play falls squarely in a category of dr

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Top 10+5 Films of 2013

Expanded praise for a great 2013 at the movies

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jan 2,2014 - Last year, I offered a list of only eight best movies of the year, with a few honorable mentions. That’s the kind of year 2012 was. As for 2013: Everyone got time for a Top 29 list?

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Scorsese transfers a criminal rise and fall to high finance

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 24,2013 - After more than 40 years of remarkable movies—documentary, biography, historical epic, drama, thriller, comedy, even family fare—there’s no way to pigeonhole Martin Scorsese

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Nothing genuine about this Life

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 24,2013 - Every one of us, at some time or another, has probably felt like the titular hero of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)—an insignificant, invisible cog

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis uses its music—and its characters—to explore grief and mourning

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 20,2013 - Near the end of Inside Llewyn Davis, the titular hero (Oscar Isaac)—a struggling folk singer in 1961 Greenwich Village—tears into a version of a song we’ve already heard a couple of
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