All posts by Scott Renshaw

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  • Unhappiest Place on Earth: Lost souls gather around the margins of Disney World in The Florida Project

    The walls of the Magic Castle Inn—the primary setting of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project—shine with a new coat of pastel purple paint, desperately trying to evoke the happy playland of Walt Disney World just up the...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Banter, Stage Left

    The Trip to Spain is funniest when it’s not trying to be a movie. JACKSON HOLE, WY – As movie trilogies go, The Trip series certainly is an odd one. In part, that’s because the three movies...

    • Posted September 6, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Making Contact

    Why Close Encounters on its 40th anniversary is the movie we need right now. JACKSON HOLE, WY – This summer, several generations of movie nerds paid homage to the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential...

    • Posted August 30, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Don’t Call it a Comeback

    Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with the slick heist caper Logan Lucky. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Steven Soderbergh never went anywhere; let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Though in 2013...

    • Posted August 16, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Beneath the Sheet

    A Ghost Story transforms a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something...

    • Posted July 25, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Human Grace

    War for the Planet of the Apes delivers blockbuster action and potent societal commentary. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It’s not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time. It’s considerably more rare for those...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Schoolyard Fight

    Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Nobody needed another Spider-Man movie. The jokes about multiple reboots of the web-slinger are all valid, and even keeping in mind the admirable...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Second-Hand Roads

    Baby Driver cruises through genre homage that feels surprisingly familiar. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Edgar Wright loves his genre cinema; of this there can be no doubt. Since graduating from British episodic television to features in 2004,...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • CINEMA: If You’re Going to San Francisco

    Fifty years on, Monterey Pop captures something that was more than a musical moment. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Director D. A. Pennebaker launches into the documentary Monterey Pop by playing Scott McKenzie’s recording of the hippie anthem...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Too Many Cooks

    Baywatch tries every approach to TV series adaptation at the same time. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In the 30-some-odd years since mining pop-culture nostalgia became a big cash-dispensing machine for the movie industry, Hollywood has settled into...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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