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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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Swaying the court of public opinion

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The ninth Annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Fabio Audi as Gabriel and Ghilherme Lobo as Leonardo in “The Way He Looks”   It seems somewhat fitting this October marks a degree of anticipation as Supreme Court watchers await word as to whether the High Court will hear cases dealing with same-sex marriage. […]

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All things being equal

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Inside a classic Denzel Washington versus Liam Neeson box office match-up Photo: Liam Neeson in “A Walk Among the Toombstones.” This past weekend featured a tantalizing match-up of box office power punchers, with the debut of Denzel Washington’s first franchise starter “The Equalizer” against the second week of Liam Neeson’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” […]

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What’s in the box? – ‘The Boxtrolls’

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An orphaned boy raised underground ventures into the world above By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Boxtrolls” is in theaters now; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ For those in the know, the snippet of dialogue I appropriated for the title of this piece probably serves as a harbinger of dark sinister things to come, but let me […]

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For those left behind: ‘This is Where I Leave You’

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Family dramedy aims far more for laughs than human dysfunction by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l-r] Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver in “This Is Where I Leave You”; photo: Warner Bros. Pictures Rating: R, Grade: C I have a real soft spot for feature films that dig into dysfunctional families. Maybe it’s […]

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TIFF Spotlight: Father’s Day in Scandinavian films

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Fathers muddle through a couple of festival entries By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Andreas in “A Second Chance”; photo: Henrik Petit For the last couple of years, I have indulged in a fascination with Scandinavian crime fiction, both on the page and on screens – large and small. I’ve marveled at and championed […]

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A hard look off-screen

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An off-release week allows for a chance to focus on other narratives By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Douglas as Wiliam D-Fens Foster in “Falling Down” During a recent bit of old-fashioned coach potato channel surfing, I stumbled upon the end of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 release “Falling Down” featuring Michael Douglas as a character simply referred […]

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Eva Green

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The new millennial sexpot By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Eva Green as Artemisia in “300: Rise of an Empire” Eva Green was born to play a femme fatale, and not the noirish temptresses from the old black and white movies. She needs to have a moment when she can burst onto the scene in living color […]

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Casting off for parts unknown in ‘Land Ho!’

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Hitch a ride with a crazy old pair of ex brothers-in-law By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Earl Lynn Nelson as Mitch and Paul Eenhoorn as Colin in “Land Ho!”; Rating: R, Grade: A I should prepare you right off, “Land Ho!” – from the writing and directing duo of Aaron Katz (“Quiet City” and “Cold Weather”) and […]

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Dispelling the ‘magic in the moonlight’

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Woody Allen’s latest is more of a trick than a spellbinding treat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emma Stone as Sophie and Colin Firth as Stanley in “Magic in the Moonlight”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: C+ In the poem “Marmion,” Sir Walter Scott opined, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The […]

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Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater’s finest achievement takes 12 years to document By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’ On paper, and in far lesser hands, the premise of “Boyhood” would come across as a gimmick that would never make it past the idea stage. Potential producers wouldn’t appreciate the notion of funding a decade-plus-long project that would […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ invades the Marvel universe

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Comic book adaptation features a welcome addition to the ever-expanding family By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A When this seemingly crazy experiment began for Marvel Studios, the feature film […]

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‘Life Itself’

Steve James documentary celebrates Roger Ebert, a star on his way to the heavens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Roger Ebert in “Life Itself”; photo: Kevin Horan; Rating: R; Grade: A Near the start of the Steve James documentary, “Life Itself,” which tackles, as its subject, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]