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Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey brings redemption clichés down to earth

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 15,2013 - Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), whose real-life story inspired Dallas Buyers Club, is a rough & tumble Texas oil-rig electrician, small-time hustler and big-time bigot when he learns in 1985

Film Reviews

12 Years a Slave

Mixing indelible moments with conventional drama

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 8,2013 - Near the halfway point in 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)—a free black man in 1841 New York who was drugged, abducted, stripped of his identity and sold into Southern slaver

Film Reviews

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Epic-scale story about more than just sex

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 8,2013 - Because that’s the way the American media works, you probably know Blue Is the Warmest Color as “that movie with the seven-minute (or “10-minute” or “20-minute,” depending on how hyperbolic the report) lesbian sex

Film Reviews

Last Vegas

Geezers gone wild

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Nov 1,2013 - If I gave you the basic premise “four 70-ish-year-old guys spend a weekend in Vegas,” you could probably write a close approximation of what screenwriter Dan Fogelman actually did for Last Vegas.

Editorial

Standing for Something

Truly thinking of the children might require an uncomfortable fight

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 30,2013 - Can you still do the hard work of changing the world while protecting those close to you from the inherent dangers of that work?

Theater

Review: Plan-B's Nothing Personal

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - “I’m not wrong!” Kenneth (Kirt Bateman) bellows at Susan (April Fossen); “I can’t be!” It’s the culmination of a battle of wills between these allegorical sta

Theater

Review: New World Shakespeare Company's Macbeth

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - Sound design: It’s not often that it’s the make-or-break element in a theatrical production. But New World Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth feels like it’s being guided by someone who doesn’t realize

Film Reviews

All Is Lost

All Is Lost showcases a quiet, primal struggle for survival

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 25,2013 - We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost.

Film Reviews

Escape From Tomorrow

More than mocking the Mouse

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 25,2013 - When Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the story wasn’t the “what”; it was the “how.”

Film Reviews

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate can't make its real-world drama worth remembering

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 18,2013 - Every year, during the Sundance Film Festival, it becomes kind of a defense mechanism for me to write as much as I can about a movie as soon as I’ve seen it; too many movies packed into such a c
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