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Scott Renshaw

There’s a messy beauty in the lives of the marginalized people in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project.” Willem Dafoe is a sympathetic motel manager, but the story belongs to the semi-feral children who find adventure in their shabby surroundings. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” is a harrowing, immersive war movie that looks up close at the events that led to the Detroit race riots. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

“Megan Leavey,” the fact-based drama about a Marine and her explosive-sniffing dog, falls short of being inspirational. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

In some ways it is a “bigger and more” variation on the first film, but it’s also a richer variation. more

May 5, 2017 1:13 PM Movies

If you missed “The Salesman” at the Wisconsin Film Festival, you can catch the Oscar-winning foreign film at the Union South Marquee. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Barry Jenkins’ revelatory film “Moonlight” is a complex, mesmerizing look at growing up poor, black and gay. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

"American Honey" captures the life of road-tripping misfits on a magazine sales crew. It does a good job of capturing the makeshift family vibe, writes Scott Renshaw. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“The Magnificent Seven” is a satisfying remake of John Sturges’ 1960s film, based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 “Seven Samurai.” It puts a modern, multicultural twist on an old-fashioned story. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” lacks the intensity of some of his earlier films about governmental corruption and conspiracy. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Nothing is ever simple for Bridget Jones, so naturally, when the 40-something gets pregnant, she has to sort out who the father is. The newest film installment is only sporadically satisfying, but Renée Zellweger still delivers an earthy appeal. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

An archetypal tale of a warrior on a quest becomes a larger story of how humans thrive on storytelling, in the terrific stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings.” more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Woody Allen’s Café Society is a period piece about 1930s Hollywood. While it’s uneven, it features strong performances from Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight, a former Civil War soldier who turns against the Confederacy to lead a rag-tag guerilla army, in the rambling “Free State of Jones.” more

Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in “The Nice Guys,” a surprising and enjoyable buddy-detective thriller from director Shane Black. more

May 19, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

A punk band confronts Nazi skinheads in “Green Room,” a brutal, unsettling and excellent thriller about exploring the edge. more

Apr 28, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

​“Son of Saul,” the winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is a gripping drama following a Hungarian Jew tasked with cleaning out gas chambers. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Suffragette,” Carey Mulligan stars as a laundress caught up in a radical wing of the movement for women’s rights. more

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM Movies

"Truth” examines the controversy surrounding a “60 Minutes” story on George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service. Despite its title, the film is brimming with misplaced righteousness. more

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM Movies

“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 imagine a more essential manifesto for the 21st century. more

Oct 2, 2015 9:00 AM Movies

“Vacation” has some solid gags, but marketing overkill has given away most of the movie’s best bits. And raunchy doesn’t always mean funny. more

Jul 31, 2015 10:00 AM Movies