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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

Film Reviews

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

Film Reviews

Saving Mr. Banks

A spoonful of medicine to make the saccharine go down

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 20,2013 - P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson)—the irascible author of Mary Poppins—frets and complains bitterly throughout Saving Mr. Banks that her beloved story will lose its realistic edge in the hands of

Cover Story

New Year's Eve 2014: EVE SLC

The state's biggest party celebrates its fifth year with something for everyone

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 19,2013 - Five years may be too early for an event to be considered an “institution.” But it’s long enough for EVE Salt Lake City to be established as Salt Lake City’s showcase blowout for ringing in the new year.

Film Reviews

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Continuing the Lord of the ... oops, The Hobbit

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 13,2013 - When last we left the band of adventurers in Peter Jackson’s epic Middle-Earth fantasy, their group was in tatters. Boromir and Gandalf were dead; Merry and Pippin had been kidnapped by orcs; Ar

Editorial

Antisocial Studies

Utah's history education seems to focus too much on itself

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 11,2013 - After more than 16 years living in Utah, there are still plenty of things I don’t know about this state. My kids, on the other hand—by virtue of having gone through Utah’s public education system—will know plenty about Utah. More than enough, I’d dare say.

Film Reviews

Out of the Furnace

Scott Cooper builds intense drama out of a vivid sense of place

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Dec 6,2013 - Braddock, Pa.—the steel-town setting for Scott Cooper’s superb Out of the Furnace—is nothing special to look at, except for the fact that it’s so perfectly, brilliantly nothing special to look at.

Film Reviews

Frozen

Disney's fear of telling a story about (ick) girls

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 27,2013 - Disney has a girl problem. Take a look at TV commercials for the new animated feature Frozen, and you’d likely suspect that it’s about a funny talking snowman, and maybe also a funny non-talking

Books

Science Factions

New books by Utah authors show two different approaches to sci-fi

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 25,2013 - Two new novels by Utah authors aim for completely different audiences and goals, though both are fundamentally science-fiction novels.

Film Reviews

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire doesn't deliver enough of its heroine’s rebel spirit

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 21,2013 - Katiniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)—“girl on fire,” District 12 tribute and reigning co-champion of the 74th Hunger Games—is something of a wild card. That’s what makes
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