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Renard’s Top 10 Scenes of 2017 in Cinema

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Definite spoilers below One of my go-to film websites is the B+ Movie Blog, and he has an annual tradition I greatly appreciate: On the Saturday before the annual Academy Awards, he writes articles on his five favorite moments in each Best Picture nominee. I love that tradition because it cuts through all the awards …

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Renard’s Top 10 Films of 2017

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Potential spoilers below Another year in cinema, another belated top ten films list. Again, my apologies to all those who prefer top ten lists published within a week or two on either side of New Year’s Day. Cinema in 2017, in response to the chaos of the year before, seemed exhausted and bleak. The ideological …

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Renard’s Top 10 Films of 2016

In Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

With each new year emerges a bevy of top 10 lists from every possible subject of interest, and film is no different. Most critics, both amateur and professional, would write and publish these lists in time for the new year. Some, on the other hand, prefer to wait an additional month to ensure a thorough consideration of all those potential …

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Rosamund Pike Fearlessly Clings to the Battlefield in ‘A Private War’

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(2018—Director: Matthew Heineman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I hate being in a warzone, but I also feel compelled…compelled to see it for myself.” … “Because you’re addicted to it.” — Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) and Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) “Of all the women in the world, I love spending time with you most. …

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Struggling Outcasts Turn to Sophisticated Crime in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’

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(2018—Director: Marielle Heller) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’ll have you know, I’m a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker!” — Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) to Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) Potential spoilers below Money—or, more specifically, the lack of it—tends to twist the lives of many. It is common to observe this phenomenon …

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‘Mid90s’: Teen Spirit Thrives in Jonah Hill’s Directorial Debut

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(2018—Director: Jonah Hill) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You literally take the hardest hits out of anybody I’ve ever seen in my life. You know you don’t have to do that, right?” — Ray (Na-kel Smith) to Stevie (Sunny Suljic) Potential spoilers below A common adage heard in every writing class is “Write what …

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The Pressures of a Confined Protector in ‘The Guilty’

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(2018—Director: Gustav Möller) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “No one is going to kill your mom, okay?” “Do you promise?” “I promise.” — Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) and Mathilde Østergård (voiced by Katinka Evers-Jahnsen)  “Was it snakes?” “Yes…Yes, it was snakes.” — Iben Østergård (voiced by Jessica Dinnage) and Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) …