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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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Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

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(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in a medium that requires an …

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Succumbing to a Family Legacy’s Shadow in ‘Chappaquiddick’

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(2018—Director: John Curran) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “President Kennedy cast a very long shadow, and he still does. I’m walking in it every day.” “What’s it like walking in that shadow?” — Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and ABC Reporter (Gary Tanguay), Interview recorded July 17, 1969  “Sometimes the path you’re …

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Pop Culture References Crowd a Basic Sci-Fi Adventure in ‘Ready Player One’

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(2018—Director: Steven Spielberg) —by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “A real Gunter would risk everything to save the Oasis from I.O.I.” “Who said that?” “Me.” — Samantha “Art3mis” Cook (Olivia Cooke) and Wade “Parzival” Watts (Tye Sheridan) Potential spoilers below Between late 1992 and 1993, two vastly different film projects stretched the creative limits of director …

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Claire Foy Holds Together a Faulty Soderbergh Experiment in ‘Unsane’

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(2018—Director: Steven Soderbergh) —by Renard N. Bansale — ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “There’s some more forms you need to fill out; it’s just routine.” — Highland Creek Counselor (Myra Lucretia Taylor) to Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy)  Potential spoilers below August 2017’s Logan Lucky marked the return of Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh after a four-year hiatus. At first it underwhelmed that …

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‘Tomb Raider’: Lara Croft’s Lackluster Return to the Big Screen

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(2018—Director: Roar Uthaug) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Come on, it’ll be an adventure.” “Death is not an adventure.” — Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) and Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) Potential spoilers below Since its debut in 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has become a mainstay in action adventure gaming, selling 63 million copies …