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Sinking into the mire of ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Explosive action alone cannot tell the tale of historic catastrophe by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams in ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   The story is true, and should be fairly well-known to most, because it made headlines and dominated the news cycle back in April of 2010, when an explosion […]

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Focus on ‘Snowden’ grounds the mercurial Stone

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A measured and damned near mild-mannered Oliver Stone pic By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in ‘Snowden’ Rating: R; Grade: B- With the arrival of the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I prepared myself for a trio of films tackling crucial periods in American history. Added to the daunting […]

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A Wall Street woman seeks ‘Equity’

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A lack of human capital limits real narrative gains By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop in ‘Equity’ Rating: R; Grade: C+ The old adage warns us that time is money, and in large part, that holds true. Fortunes can rise and fall in a matter of seconds, and films devoted to the […]

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Kicking off the highly politicized black film debate

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This fall, film seeks to peer into the souls of black folks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in ‘Southside With You’ For those unfamiliar with the complexities behind the production and release schedules of films, this fall will appear like a concerted effort by Hollywood to address the damning concerns raised […]

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Trying not to go under come ‘Hell or High Water’

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A timely thriller with real human and political stakes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ben Foster as Tanner Howard and Chris Pine as Toby Howard in ‘Hell or High Water’  Rating: R; Grade: A Taylor Sheridan scratched his way through the film industry as an actor with roles in host of television shows like NYPD Blue and […]

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Time after time, Zappa makes fools ‘Eat that Question’

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A musical iconoclast honestly challenges the media and society By T.T. Stern-Enzi What the world needs now is not “love, sweet love;” instead, we would be better served with a heaping dose of bracing cynicism, an honest desire to cut through all of the bullshit and posturing based on branding and pimping ourselves for clicks […]

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Woody Allen channels Fitzgerald in ‘Cafe Society’

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The director grooves comfortably in this Jazz Age tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby and Kristen Stewart as Vonnie in ‘Cafe Society’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ While known for his signature neuroses, writer-director Woody Allen has been able to couch this fixation in a world (of his own creation) that, at its […]

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No ‘Sex and the City’ clone

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‘Absolutely Fabulous’ proves there are no absolutes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Rating: R; Grade: B Every once in a great while, a blind spot emerges in my seemingly all-encompassing gaze over the cultural landscape. I may not be able to watch […]

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Defining the human family through ‘The Music of Strangers’

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Behind Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Silk Road musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Cristina Pato from The Music of Strangers Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Art may be the purest representation of culture. In its many forms, art captures community, history, social interaction and engagement, and civic spirit through the senses. […]

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Shes Gotta Have It—really?

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Black sexuality on-screen is the new/old invisibility By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Film anniversaries keep coming, and a host of memories tag along for some wild rides. I find it hard to believe that Spike Lee’s first film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary later this summer. Lee stormed onto the […]

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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 […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]