Scott Renshaw

Film critic for Salt Lake City Weekly since 2000.

Favorite films

  • Singin' in the Rain
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Jaws
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★½

  • Pearl

  • No Bears

  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★½

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  • Strange World

    Strange World

    ★★½

    Attaching a big, challenging message to a kid-friendly animated feature is a worthy notion in principle, but things get stickier when that message feels disconnected from the more conventional elements. This one is set in an isolated society called Avalonia, where a mysterious plant—discovered by Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal)—provides all the energy. When that plant begins dying off, Searcher joins a quest along with his own son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White) to find the cause of the blight, discovering an underground…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★½

    Autobiographical drama is precarious territory for any filmmaker, but Steven Spielberg manages to re-create the formative experiences of his childhood and youth in a way that’s generally satisfying, and only occasionally self-indulgent. Working with frequent collaborator Tony Kushner as co-screenwriter, Spielberg fictionalizes himself as Sam Fabelman (Mateo Zoryon Francis DeFord as a child, Gabriel LaBelle as a teenager), following him over more than a decade navigating the complex relationship between his parents Burt (Paul Dano) and Mitzi (Michelle Williams), moving…

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    What if this Lion King had come first? It’s an interesting thought experiment, sort of a second-cousin to the idea that drives the current theatrical feature Yesterday: What if we woke up in a world where Disney had never released a hand-drawn animated film called The Lion King in 1994, and this story were appearing now for the first time, in the age of photorealistic CGI recreations of real-world animals? If there’s anything wrong with it—and by extension, with Disney’s…

  • Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

    Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

    ★★★

    How was it not insanely over-talked-about that Marvel's The Avengers had pretty much the identical climax as a Disney Channel movie?