All posts by Scott Renshaw

  • CINEMA: Comeback Fight

    Creed smartly builds on the 40-year legacy of Rocky. If anything should be painfully clear as we approach the release of a new Star Wars film, it’s how impossible it is to separate a movie from what...

    • Posted November 24, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Just the Facts

    Spotlight makes the work of journalism both heroic and human. If you’re skeptical about all the praise heaped on Spotlight from film critics in print media, it’s understandable. We’ve all got our sweet spots, and those of...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Miner Disaster

    The 33 goes horribly wrong turning real-life tragedy to generic uplift. Let’s assume—just for the sake of argument—that you bought a ticket for The 33 without knowing anything about the story behind it. Let’s say you were...

    • Posted November 10, 2015
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  • CINEMA: By the Book

    In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks makes moral clarity compelling The first time we see Tom Hanks as insurance attorney Jim Donovan in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, he doesn’t seem like the kind of Tom Hanks...

    • Posted October 13, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Origin-al Sins

    ‘Pan’ provides a back-story to something, but it’s not Peter Pan “Sometimes, to understand the end, you have to know the beginning” goes the early narration in “Pan”—and it’s hard to imagine a 2015 movie that fails...

    • Posted October 6, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Problem Solvers

    ‘The Martian’ creates a survival epic in which the scientific method is the hero “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this,” says Mark Watney (Matt Damon) early in “The Martian”—and it’s hard to...

    • Posted September 30, 2015
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