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Friday, September 28, 2018

Movie Reviews: Night School, Smallfoot, Little Women, Blaze

Hell Fest, Pick of the Litter, The Children Act

Posted By on September 28, 2018, 12:12 PM

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Awards-season movies start arriving next week, but the end of September finds a cabinet-cleaning of animated musical, low-budget horror and a contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic.

Smallfoot offers a surprising challenge to fear-based religious dogma in a cheery animated package. The music biopic Blaze offers a uniquely vital take on an "underappreciated genius" story.  The service-animal documentary Pick of the Litter shares a story with more depth than just adorable doggos.

David Riedel laments the pieced-together script for Night School (pictured) which relegates Tiffany Haddish to the role of straight man.

MaryAnn Johanson finds the modern-day re-telling of Little Women stilted and passionless.

Eric D. Snider nods to the moderately effective scares of the slasher-at-an-amusement-park thriller Hell Fest.

In this week's feature review, MaryAnn Johanson appreciates the central character of The Children Act, but wonders what, exactly, the movie is supposed to be about.

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Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw has been a City Weekly staff member since 1999, including assuming the role of primary film critic in 2001 and Arts & Entertainment Editor in 2003. Scott has covered the Sundance Film Festival for 25 years, and provided coverage of local arts including theater, pop-culture conventions, comedy, literature,... more

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