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‘It Follows’ roams in the backstreets of fear

Horror genre gets an ingenious moral kink in new release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Maika Monroe as Jay in “It Follows”; Rating: R, Grade: A- Following (pun intended) on the heels of writer-director Jennifer Kent’s mesmerizing horror re-invention “The Babadook,” comes another relative multi-hyphenate newbie David Robert Mitchell with his sly take on the unrelenting […]

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Audiences should take one last look at ‘Leviathan’

Seize the opportunity to see the best film of 2014 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Still from “Leviathan”; Rating: R, Grade: A I consider myself fortunate enough to have seen Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stunning drama “Leviathan” during its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it came as close as any film I’ve ever seen to […]

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Stepping out of ‘The Shadows,’ still in the dark

Faux vampire documentary explores contemporary plight of late-night lifers By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Taika Waititi as Viago in “What We Do In The Shadows”; Rating: NR, Grade: B+ Do the undead truly love contemporary life? This certainly seems to be a cultural moment for creatures of the night. Zombies (“The Walking Dead” and its upcoming […]

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‘Say Yes’: Recent ‘Lessons in Love’ from the movies

A three-week survey of love and sex at the start of 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” With all apologies to both Floetry and Level 42 (the musical acts whose song titles inspired the title of this feature), […]

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‘Mr. Turner’ bears his artistic soul

Filmmaker offers an appreciation of an artist much like himself By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Marion Bailey as Sophia Booth and Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner” In the current world of British cinema, there is likely no greater practitioner of the art form than Mike Leigh. Over the years, he has fine-tuned a […]

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Capturing beauty under the gun in ‘Timbuktu’

A lyric narrative examines the impact of Jihadists in Mali By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Toulou Kiki as Satima, Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino as Kidane and Layla Walet Mohamed as Toya in “Timbuktu”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A In the West, we cannot fathom what it is like to live life under the constant presence of oppression, […]

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Films trigger critical family discussions

Movie talk on the home front is bigger than awards chatter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: J. K. Simmons as Fletcher in “Whiplash” One of the many great blessings of my job, that I never take for granted, revolves around the power of film to inspire insightful and rigorous debate, which begins and ends close to […]

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‘Two days, one night’ to fight for your livelihood

The Dardennes capture a desperate, and startlingly human dilemma By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Marion Cotillard as Sandra in “Two Days, One Night”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- The promise of drama is tension and conflict, but we tend to inflate drama with premises that lose any sense of relatable human connection. We long for the impossible […]

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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

Mike Binder and Kevin Costner engage in tough talk By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jillian Estell as Eloise and Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson in “Black or White”; Rating: R, Grade: C- What we’re talking about when we talk about race depends on our individual perspectives, but it is not the talking that matters. What truly […]

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I dream of Sundance

What might be hot and buzz worthy at Indie kickoff of 2015? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Still from “How to Dance in Ohio,” directed by Alexandra Shiva I’ve caught a serious case of the film festival bug and I’m not sure how to get over it. Last year, being able to add the Munich Film […]

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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]

Naturally inclined

Slimy, furry outdoor family fun at Brukner Nature Center By Andy Hertel Photo: Hands-on wildlie encounters are part of Brukner Nature […]

The Docket: 03/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Oh, the humanity Officers responded to a call […]

Advice Goddess: 3/24

By Amy Alkon The sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on and even ripped off in […]

News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not […]