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For Your Consideration

Don't trust the "awards bait" when looking for movie greatness this fall

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 6,2013 - At last, the summer movie season is over. For those who found themselves frustrated by a nonstop parade of superhero fantasies, apocalyptic extravaganzas and boneheaded comedies, there’s a feeling in the air

Editorial

Go Team?

Loving sports is complicated when you know it's more than a game

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 28,2013 - I may have picked a singularly terrible year to consider giving up football.

Other A&E

Salt Lake Comic Con

First-time pop-culture event is already huge

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 26,2013 - There are any number of ways you can start a new endeavor. You can “soft launch” to slowly build interest and word of mouth. You can go sensibly mid-size. But you rarely expect that, from the outset, the thing is going to be huge.

Film Reviews

The World's End

Edgar Wright again gives simple pleasures something extra

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 23,2013 - It’s hard not to sound condescending when I suggest that Edgar Wright doesn’t merely make “genre movies.” Despite the enduring frustrations of many professional film writers wi

Film Reviews

Blue Jasmine

The jokes are few, but Woody Allen still delivers

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 23,2013 - More than 40 years into Woody Allen’s filmmaking career, it’s still somewhat disorienting when he bypasses most overt comedy and fantastical premises for a straightforward character study like Sweet & Lowdown.

Film Reviews

Lee Daniels' The Butler

A director earns his credit in the messy, emotional Lee Daniels' The Butler

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 16,2013 - Thanks to a lawsuit challenging The Weinstein Company’s right to use the title The Butler—one that, depending on your sympathies, is either “protecting intellectual property” or “typical petty Hollywood dick-swinging”

Film Reviews

Elysium

Elysium squanders its style on painfully obvious allegory

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 9,2013 - It’s a little bit silly to talk about a science-fiction film like Elysium being an allegory, because that’s almost a tautology; at its core, all science-fiction and fantasy is fundamentally allegory.

Editorial

Imagine That

Lack of imagination root of all evil

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 7,2013 - Recently, my friend and regular City Weekly cinema contributor Eric D. Snider pointed me via Twitter link to a delightful novelty item: The Logical Fallacies Poster.

Film Reviews

I'm So Excited!

A troubled flight turns into forced sex farce in I'm So Excited!

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Aug 2,2013 - After watching Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited!, I imagined a hypothetical conversation in which someone tried to describe it to me before I saw it.

Film Reviews

The Smurfs 2

If The Smurfs 2 must exist, this is the best we can hope for

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 31,2013 - I pretty much despise that a movie like The Smurfs 2 exists in the world. But if it must exist, this is about the best that we can hope for.
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