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Feeling the (Film Independent) Spirit Awards

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Assessing the independent alternative to the Oscars By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Alex R. Hibbert as Little and Mahershala Ali as Juan in ‘Moonlight’ I have always been a sucker for the freewheeling and free-spirited appeal of the Film Independent Spirits Awards. What’s not to love? Instead of the grand presentation full of glitz and […]

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The second time around

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A pair of contrasting sequels highlights the challenges of returning to the familiar By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Riccardo Scamarcio as Santino D’Antonio (left) and Ruby Rose as Ares in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ The current industry preoccupation with sequels, remakes, and reboots, from a narrative standpoint, is all about returning to the scene of the […]

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Celebrating Oscar-nominated shorts

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Experience a brief and thrilling tour of the world through film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Character Techno Stypes in ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ by Robert Valley Film shorts, the long-ignored set of categories at the Academy Awards, fortunately are in the midst of a renaissance of the highest order. In the past, filmmakers with big […]

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When the chase for gold strays down the rabbit hole

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The case for Michael Keaton and Matthew McConaughey in divergent, but still forgettable roles By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in ‘The Founder’ The last two  weeks have given audiences prime examples of how the awards season can take films and actors, chew them up, and quite ungraciously spit them out—even the […]

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In ‘Jackie,’ a new legend takes center stage

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It is time to recognize the maturation of Natalie Portman By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in ‘Jackie’  Rating: R; Grade: A It could be argued that director Pablo Larraín’s probing new biopic “Jackie” offers a perfect example of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. Working from a […]

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High time for ‘20th Century Women’

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Writer-director Mike Mills shines light and love on 3 women in the late ’70s By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Billy Crudup as William, Elle Fanning as Julie, Annette Bening as Dorothea, Greta Gerwig as Abbie, and Lucas Jade Zumann as Jamie in ‘20th Century Women’ Rating: R Grade: B+ As a man raised almost exclusively […]

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Considering the worst films of 2016

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Being bad is all about how hard you try By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Will Smith as Howard and Helen Mirren as Brigitte in ‘Collateral Beauty’ I can’t say whether I’m a glass half-full or a half-empty kind of person because from my perspective, I’m usually just glad to have a glass. When it comes to […]

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A feel-good history lesson

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‘Hidden Figures’ fails to teach the whole psychological truth By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan (center) leads a group of women in ‘Hidden Figures’ Rating: PG; Grade: B It is hard to fault Theodore Melfi for his safe and carefully crafted “Hidden Figures.” As the writer-director of “St. Vincent,” he had […]

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Performance recognition goes gender blind in 2017

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Hollywood decides to nominate based on ‘performance’ over gender T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ingrid Bergman as Paula Alquist in Oscar-winning ‘Gaslight’ Have you ever stopped to consider the all-time grudge match competitions that could have dominated our cultural dialogues over the years? To isolate just one knock-down, drag-them-out slug-fest: who gave the best performance of the […]

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The rest of the best

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Don’t miss these under-the-radar film picks from 2016 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Markees Christmas as Morris in ‘Morris From America’ Today’s world has transformed every (remaining) film critic into a curator-in-waiting. Having spent decades critically watching and commenting on film, assuming the role of scout-curator for a film festival or a film center, makes for […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]