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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

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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

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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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Inside the demented mind of ‘Foxcatcher’

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Bennett Miller drags audiences into the dark recesses of excessive delusion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Steve Carrel and Channing Tatum in “Foxcatcher”; Rating: R, Grade: BPage History is littered with peculiar characters, those on the far margins of what might even be considered the abnormal element of society. “Littered” might be too strong a term, […]

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Who wants to be the next Matthew McConaughey?

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On the lookout for the next great Hollywood career-revival story By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” A degree of finality set in when Matthew McConaughey took the stage to claim the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Performance for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The […]

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What’s the plural of Channing Tatum?

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Imagine a world of Channing Tatum clones unleashed By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: If Hollywood created a legion of Channing Tatums, would the “Magic Mike” Channing always be shirtless? I love the idea of the BBC series, Orphan Black, with its speculative science fiction premise of a situation where human cloning exists, somehow operating on a […]

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A year’s worth of independence

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Embracing the freedom to look beyond 2014 and the regional big screens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche as Anne in “Elles” Forget the conventional play of compiling a top ten list – you can find that elsewhere. This year’s rewinding is reserved for a different class and brand of loves I have found. It’s […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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‘The Homesman’: Women heading back East

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No home on the mythic Western range for these women By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ An extra film festival, especially a European film gala with the prestige of Munich (one of the international Sister Cities of Cincinnati), affords a Midwestern critic like myself […]

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Nate Parker shines light on race in America

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The “Beyond the Lights” star commits to ongoing debate on race By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nate Parker as Kaz in “Beyond the Lights” Triple-threat Nate Parker truly earns the distinction for effort that goes above and beyond the typical multi-hyphenate filmmaking brand. Currently, Parker headlines Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new romantic drama, “Beyond the Lights,” opposite rising […]

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All is lost when security becomes political

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The intersection of “Rosewater” and “Citizenfour” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Edward Snowden in “Citizenfour” Election Day 2014 has come and gone, but the issues, the ones that are never truly addressed through the electoral process or during the all-too-brief legislative interludes that punctuate the big money/big game campaigns that have replaced actual governance, stubbornly remain. […]

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Honor thy parents: ‘Beyond The Lights’

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What happens when children dare to go their own way? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in “Beyond the Lights” Gina Prince-Bythewood solidified her reputation in Hollywood right off the bat with her debut feature, the 2000 hit “Love & Basketball,” a surprisingly adult examination of love and romance and the games people […]

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‘Harlem Street Singer’ maintains blues and his soul

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A loving portrait of a blues master from the perspective of his disciples By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Harlem Street Singer” will show at The Neon at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12; Rating: PG, Grade: A Within a matter of moments, “Harlem Street Singer,” the Simeon Hutner and Trevor Laurence-directed documentary devoted to revealing the musical life […]

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‘Laggies’ ambles along toward adulthood

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Lynn Shelton shrinks away from the brighter indie lights By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Keira Knightley as Megan in “Laggies”; Rating: R, Grade: B- Film festivals can make or break a film. So much rides on these artificially designed screenings, especially for independent titles – which is why the choice of festivals matters. First time out with […]

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To be truly awake

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Documentary explores the life of an influential yogi who came to the West By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paramahansa Yogananda, the subject of “Awake: The Life of Yogananda”; Rating: PG, Grade: A Spiritual lessons come from a variety of sources. Quite possibly, the one truth is that we must simply be open to whatever form or practice […]

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‘Dear White People’ is an open letter to all audiences

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The 2014 Sundance breakout chips away at social and cultural identity issues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Dear White People” won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance; Rating: R, Grade: A It is ironic writer-director Justin Simien displays such assurance over material that is so fraught with uncertainty. The subjects up for consideration […]

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‘Men, Women & Children’ of a certain age

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Jason Reitman attempts to crack the modern Internet code By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Olivia Crocicchia as Hannah Clint and Judy Greer as Donna Clint in “Men, Women & Children”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ I was going to begin by saying that we live in fear, with a degree of uncertainty, concerning the modern world and the […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]