All posts by Scott Renshaw

  • 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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  • CINEMA: Gods and Monsters

    Alien: Covenant can’t decide whether to get philosophical or homicidal. JACKSON HOLE, WY – If you’re befuddled by what the Alien movie franchise has become, the line forms behind me. What began nearly 40 years ago as...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Not-So-Much About Ray

    3 Generations loses one distinct voice by listening to several others. JACKSON HOLE, WY – More than 18 months ago, when co-writer/director Gaby Dellal’s 3 Generations premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, it wasn’t 3 Generations....

    • Posted May 9, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Gray Area

    A skilled filmmaker shows off his non-showy stuff in The Lost City of Z. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Critic, heal thyself: As I prepared to write a lamentation about how, well into a 20-plus-year career, nobody quite...

    • Posted April 18, 2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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