All posts by Scott Renshaw

  • 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
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  • CINEMA: Reef-cyling

    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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • CINEMA: To Be Continued

    Captain America: Civil War serves up fun and focuses on perpetuating the MCU brand. JACKSON HOLE, WY – During one of the occasional lulls between battles royale in Captain America: Civil War, the synthetic humanoid Vision (Paul...

    • Posted May 3, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Hardcore Values

    Green Room packs a tense thriller with characters facing a truly edgy reality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – While Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room is a movie so unsettling and brutal that it almost feels cruel to recommend it,...

    • Posted April 26, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Going Bro

    Richard Linklater affectionately skewers young dude-hood in Everybody Wants Some!! JACKSON HOLE, WY – It may not seem like a particularly difficult thing to make a movie about young, American, mostly white guys. Certainly multiplexes are filled...

    • Posted April 19, 2016
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  • CINEMA 4.13.16

    The Jungle Book can’t resist making an action-adventure tale kid-friendly. JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The opening moments of The Jungle Book promise something … well, “different” might be too hopeful a choice of words. It’s a high-energy sequence,...

    • Posted April 13, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Demolished Expectations

    ‘Demolition’ self-destructs with disingenuous moments. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There comes a moment in some movies—a moment that any real movie-lover hopes never to have—that I will refer to henceforth as The Moment of Nope. It can...

    • Posted April 5, 2016
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