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‘Renaissance’ review: Can you capture the essence of an icon?

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

Here on the podcast, we’ve established a tried-and-true tradition for episodes that dive into the world of concert films: We track down a fan of the artist in question and bring them into the studio as our very special guest host. We did it last October for our review of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, and … that’s pretty much it.

But doing something two times counts as tradition, right? So as we prepared to immerse ourselves in the luminescent universe of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé and pondered the guest-hosting options, one name came to mind: Kim Shine.

Yes, that’s right, Radio Milwaukee producer extraordinaire Kim Shine (who just so happens to put together this podcast every week) steps out from behind the scenes and into the spotlight, not unlike the star of this episode’s film. Will Kim be comfortable with us comparing her to Beyoncé? Maybe! Will Kim be comfortable behind the mic filling in for Kpolly? Definitely!

When the actual “Renaissance” tour made its way around the planet, our hosts faced the difficult choice of whether to dip way, way, way down into their pockets to see the Queen in person. Both of them decided against it, but one still ended up seeing her in Chicago anyway, injecting a palpable sense of good-natured jealousy into this episode.

So who saw the show live: our Cinebud or our Cine-sub? How did the in-person experience stack up to the sights and sounds of the big screen? Did the film version of Renaissance live up to Beyoncé’s previous film pursuits? You’ll find the answers to all these questions inside this episode, which you can listen to using the player at the top of the page or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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