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Investigating the secrets of the ‘Closed Circuit’

Steven Knight asks, ‘Who’s watching the watchers?’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Screenwriter Steven Knight has the narrative nose of an investigative journalist. His screenplays for films like “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Eastern Promises” took audiences down dark alleyways complete with noirish thrills and gritty kink that tapped into our desire for raw voyeuristic experiences beyond […]

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Reel genius

The Fifth Annual 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The 2012 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival will feature “In A World …” with writer/director/star Lake Bell during the weekend of Aug. 23-25 In terms of anniversaries, the traditional symbol for the fifth year is wood. But in cinematic framework, especially when celebrating the fifth anniversary of […]

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Do we need another teen fantasy franchise?

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and presentism in cinema By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The cast of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” seeks to establish a strong franchise and storyline; Rating PG-13 I need to apologize up front for what will likely seem like a crazy rant from the geezer who refuses to keep up […]

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Ladies kickstarting a new sexual revolution

Female sexuality as seen from the perspective of women By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo:  Aubrey Plaza re-writes the rules of female sexuality in film with “The To Do List” A funny thing happened to me while sitting through the press screening of “The To Do List” a few weeks ago. I got caught up in […]

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Celebrating the legacy of ‘The Sandlot’

20th anniversary of  classic film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Patrick Renna calls his shot in “The Sandlot”; a 20th Anniversary screening takes place Aug. 10 at Fifth Third Field  I recently learned, once again, to never under-estimate the power and appeal of a scrappy underdog. In preparation for our coverage of the 20th anniversary tour of […]

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Final stop: ‘Fruitvale Station’

Powerful debut feature captures the complex humanity of Oscar Grant By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Director Ryan Coogler seeks redemption in “Fruitvale Station”; Rating: R Grade: A When is a day in the life, not just “a day in the life” of a character? It isn’t when that day happens to be the final day, which is […]

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‘Conjuring’ old-fashioned scares

Director James Wan uses 1970s suspense to creep us out  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Vera Farmiga as a paranormal investigator in “The Conjuring”; Rating: R Grade: A-   As a critic, there’s nothing better than to watch the evolution of someone in the filmmaking realm – be it a writer, director or star. But the real […]

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Letting the stars shine even brighter

New documentary spotlights black female background singers of rock and soul By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Standing in the shadows: The female voices of rock and soul in “20 Feet from Stardom”  Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ Walking out of Morgan Neville’s documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” you may come to appreciate the almost existential crisis of […]

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‘Supporting Characters’ wander into center frame

New indie DVD release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Tarik Lowe and Alex Karpovsky struggle with their roles as “Supporting Characters”; Rating: Not Rated Grade: B New York teems with life. Not just with the stars that walk the red carpet and the heroes battling mythic villains in the streets, but also clustered constellations […]

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Sofia Coppola exposes ‘The Bling Ring’

A true crime story about wannabe celebrity criminals By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emma Watson and friends blur the line betwen celebrity and criminal in “The Bling Ring”;  Rating: R Grade: B+ So, this is what has become of the Bonnie & Clyde mythos, the ballsy outlaw bandits with bullets to spare and a knack for […]

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Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]

The Docket: 07/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee Nailed it The owner of a nail salon […]

News of the weird: 07/21

By Chuck Shepherd It Pays to Fail The enormous compensation CEOs of large corporations receive is justified in part by […]

Advice Goddess: 7/14

By Amy Alkon   Beyond Thunderdomes I have a great circle of female friends, but one of “the group” has […]

This ain’t Orwell

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse down on ‘The Farm’ By CC Hutten Photo: Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse will present “The Farm” […]

news of the weird 7/14/15

By Chuck Shepherd Update California inventor Matt McMullen, who makes the world’s most realistic life-sized female doll, the RealDoll (with […]