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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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Entanglements of a Quantum Nature in ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’

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(2018—Director: Peyton Reed) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Do you guys put ‘quantum’ in front of everything?” — Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) Potential spoilers below I had mentioned in the #9 entry (Baby Driver) of my Top 10 …

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Violence & Deception Across Borders in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

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(2018—Director: Stefano Sollima)  — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “If you want to start a war, kidnap a prince. The king will start it for you.” — CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) and CIA Director Cynthia Foards (Catherine Keener)  Potential spoilers below I find it …

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Tired Characters Drift Through the Occasional Thrills of ‘Fallen Kingdom’

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(2018—Director: J.A. Bayona) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “If I don’t make it back, remember…you’re the one who made me come.” — Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) Potential spoilers below It took some by surprise when 2015’s Jurassic World became the first movie to gross over $500 million worldwide …

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‘Incredibles 2’: The Long-Awaited Return of Pixar’s Superhero Family

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(2018—Director: Brad Bird) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. Done properly.” — Edna Mode (Brad Bird) to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)  Potential spoilers below I was not always a big supporter of feature animation on the big screen. By the summer of 2008, I was …