All posts by Scott Renshaw
CINEMA: Kid Stuff
A child performance anchors the satisfying family drama of Gifted. JACKSON HOLE, WY – If you’re going to make a movie with a cute kid, you’re going to make it easy for a lot of people to...
- Posted April 12, 2017
CINEMA: Ethereal Girl
Terrence Malick explores souls seemingly without bodies in Song to Song. JACKSON HOLE, WY – A week before I sat down for Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, I tweeted, “Like bebop, I see Terrence Malick’s oeuvre as...
- Posted March 21, 2017
CINEMA: Rage Before Beauty
Logan takes the Wolverine to a darker place. JACKSON HOLE, WY – If there was any reason to suspect that co-writer/director James Mangold was going to deliver just another adventure for the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in Logan,...
- Posted March 1, 2017
CINEMA: List We Forget…
Celebrating the best in film for 2016. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In case there weren’t enough high-profile deaths in 2016—Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, democracy—this was also the year, we were told repeatedly in entertainment industry headlines,...
- Posted December 28, 2016
CINEMA: Boxer Rebellion
Hands of Stone can’t carve out a distinctive space among boxing biopics. JACKSON HOLE, WY – You’ve got to hand this to Jonathan Jakubowicz, writer/director of Hands of Stone: It takes balls of stone to cast Robert...
- Posted August 23, 2016
CINEMA: Go Quest, Young Man
Kubo and the Two Strings delivers profound life lessons for young and old audiences. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In the central plaza of a seaside Japanese village many years in the past, a young one-eyed boy named...
- Posted August 16, 2016
Finding Dory imparts important lessons on young viewers but lacks Pixar’s originality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Preceding Finding Dory, as has been tradition with Pixar’s animated features, there’s a short film as a kind of cinematic appetizer....
- Posted June 14, 2016
CINEMA: See Anthony Run
Weiner brilliantly captures both a specific and general political pathology. JACKSON HOLE, WY – At one point during the endlessly fascinating documentary Weiner, co-director Josh Kriegman asks his subject, Anthony Weiner, “Why have you let me film...
- Posted May 31, 2016
CINEMA: The Rule of Threes
X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t even try to be anything but more of the same. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There’s a snarky in-joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that ends up backfiring about as spectacularly as a snarky in-joke can. Taking...
- Posted May 24, 2016
CINEMA: Surprise Party
The Nice Guys shows off Shane Black’s gift for keeping us on our toes. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Many things are rare in contemporary movie-making—decent roles for anyone who isn’t a white guy; stories that aren’t built...
- Posted May 17, 2016