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Unexpected treats in ‘The Lunchbox’

A soulful performance by Irrfan Khan serves as the key ingredient in this marvelous dish By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nimrat Kaur as Ila in “The Lunchbox”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Cases of mistaken identity can certainly advance a plot, but rarely do these artificially imposed manipulative elements create an organic or believable situation that approximates the […]

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The winners and losers of ‘Draft Day’

Ivan Reitman’s sports drama almost becomes a big joke By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver, Jr. in “Draft Day”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D+ Talk about Fantasy Football. “Draft Day,” the new movie from director Ivan Reitman – from the comedic heights of “Ghostbusters” to the rom-com depths of “No Strings Attached” – seems […]

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‘Nymphomaniac’ Parts I and II

The Lars von Trier opus on sex and love plays in and out of theaters By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Stacy Martin as Young Joe, Udo Kier as the waiter and Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme in “Nymphomaniac;” Rating: R, Grade: B+ I should acknowledge I’m a fan of the transgressive curiosity of Danish director Lars […]

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Multiple mirages: “Mirage Men” and “Home”

Two new DVD/VOD releases confront audiences with intriguing questions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Gbenga Akinnagbe as Jack and Judah Bellamy as John in “Home” Do you believe in UFOs? As a kid who grew up in the 1980s, that question ranks up there with whether or not you believe in spontaneous human combustion – […]

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Creating genius: ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

Oscar-nominated documentary explores the debate between genius and technique By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Penn Jillette and Tim Jenison in “Tim’s Vermeer”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Genius, we want to believe, is somehow conferred from on high. It is the product of unfathomable inspiration, unparalleled talent, a savant-like ability that confounds far less beautiful minds. What genius […]

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This critic’s life

Your friendly neighborhood film critic dishes on covering the screen scene By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy Vallens in “Blue Velvet” Can the job of the modern film critic be considered a vocation? It is at once something more and, sadly, something much less than gainful employment. There are fewer and fewer full-time film […]

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The Academy Awards: Drawing 2013 to a golden close

What will the next 12 years look like for some of the winners? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” The latest Oscar telecast unfolded with somewhat muted fanfare – although the performance of Pharrell’s Best Original Song nominee “Happy” included spirited and carefree singing and dancing both onstage and in the […]

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Lovers of a certain age

Comparing the state of affairs of ‘Gloria’ and ‘The Great Beauty’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paulina García in “Gloria” I fell in love with Gloria (Paulina García) during the screening of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria” at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but she was not exactly the easiest of characters to embrace. That realization speaks […]

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Henrique Couto explores the psychology of horror

Local horror premiere presents a pathway to personal redemption By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The world premiere of “Haunted House on Sorority Row” takes place on Feb. 21 at Englewood Cinema Embedded within the narrative DNA of most horror films is a strand of psychological coding, an essential mythos intent on surveying and explaining our common fears. […]

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Original take on the hereafter: ‘The Returned’

French series explores the impact of the return of the dead By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to] Frédéric Pierrot and Pierre Perrier in the French series, “The Returned” The found footage phenomenon, kicked off with the seemingly now forgotten “The Blair Witch Project” back in 1999 and steamrolling along thanks to the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, has […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]