All posts by Scott Renshaw

  • 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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  • CINEMA: Citizenship Taste

    ‘City of Gold’ profiles a food writer as ambassador for the American Dream. JACKSON HOLE, WY – During the opening credits sequence in Laura Gabbert’s documentary “City of Gold,” her subject, Jonathan Gold, drives through the streets...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Beasts of One Notion

    ‘Zootopia’ depends entirely on its well-intentioned allegory about prejudice. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Spoiler alert: “Zootopia” is about prejudice, and how prejudice is bad. And I suppose there’s more than touch of sarcasm in the inclusion of...

    • Posted March 1, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Master of Puppets

    Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ searches for humanity through stop-motion figurines. Michael Stone (David Thewlis), the protagonist of “Anomalisa,” is in many ways a very ordinary man. He may be successful in his field—the author of a popular how-to...

    • Posted January 19, 2016
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  • CINEMA: A Critic’s Choice

    Why I want no part in the ‘Oscars conversation.’ Right around the time the print issue of this paper hits the streets on Jan. 14, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce nominees for...

    • Posted January 12, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Women in Love

    A forbidden romance comes to glorious life in ‘Carol.’ Jackson, WY – Movies have told love stories as long as there have been movies, but occasionally it takes a movie like Todd Haynes’ “Carol” to remind you...

    • Posted January 5, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Silver Screen Sweethearts

    Looking back at the top 20 films of 2015. Every year, it feels as though I start this column in the same way: I don’t know exactly what it means to say “it was a good year...

    • Posted December 29, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Child’s (Scottish) Play

    A new Macbeth explores the ripple effects of violence across generations. A dapting Shakespeare for the screen may be the easiest thing any filmmaker can do. It may also be the hardest. In terms of reducing the risk...

    • Posted December 8, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Battle Cry

    Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq bypasses subtlety—and maybe there’s nothing wrong with that. Spike Lee is not a subtle filmmaker. And it has taken me nearly 30 years—up to and including his latest feature, Chi-Raq—to fully appreciate that this...

    • Posted December 1, 2015
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