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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station hammers home bitter ironies and the worthiness of its subject

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 26,2013 - In the early hours of New Year’s day 2009, Oscar Grant—a 22-year-old African-American man—was shot by a Bay Area transit officer while handcuffed and face-down on the ground at Oakland’s Fruitvale train station.

Film Reviews

Laurence Anyways

Xavier Dolan delivers an emotional epic

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 19,2013 - When we first see Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud) in Xavier Dolan’s electrifying, emotionally epic Laurence Anyways, we don’t really see him—or “her,” as the case may be.

Film Reviews

The Sandlot 20th Anniversary

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 19,2013 - The Sandlot writer/director David Mickey Evans and several cast members are touring with the film for 20th-anniversary screenings. This week, the tour comes to Salt Lake City, where it was filmed.

Theater

Saturday's Voyeur 2013

Review: Saturday's Voyeur combines exuberant performances with too-easy humor.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 16,2013 - There is a certain brand of movie documentary—one that has proliferated over the past decade—that succeeds for its audience not primarily on the basis of any real measure of quality, but simply by virtue of existing.

Film Reviews

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim rocks 'em and socks 'em—until the humans get involved

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 12,2013 - Long ago, in a mysterious California suburb, a young boy watched an independent Los Angeles television station whose programming seemed to consist entirely of Lakers games and monster movies.

Film Reviews

Despicable Me 2

A joke machine, but a pretty good joke machine

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 3,2013 - It’s entirely possible that if you remove the Minions from the Despicable Me movies, they would be utterly without value. But there they are. And they’re funny little sons-o’-guns.

Film Reviews

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, like its star, spends 2 1/2 hours smirking at its own jokes

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jul 3,2013 - Oh, Johnny Depp: He had us in the palm of his hand. We hard-core movie buffs loved what he represented. Here was a too-pretty-to-be-true movie star who, instead of gravitating toward safe choices, built an entire career out

Film Reviews

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

25 years ago, Who Framed Roger Rabbit combined something brand new with a little nostalgia

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 27,2013 - In 1988—25 years ago on June 22—Who Framed Roger Rabbit became a box-office sensation. You can be forgiven for getting a bit nostalgic—especially since nostalgia was a fundamental part of that film’s DNA,

Film Reviews

The Bling Ring

Using superficiality to capture superficiality

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 21,2013 - If it weren’t for the endless parade of cinematic apocalypses, 2013 at the movies might go down as The Year of Vapid Materialism Gone Criminal. Already we’ve seen Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers

Film Reviews

Monsters University

MU finds value not just in talent, but in hard work

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 21,2013 - Animated CharacterMonsters University finds value not just in talent, but in hard work.By Scott Renshawscottr@cityweekly.netRatatouille, like most of Pixar’s feature films—let’s all
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