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The surreal theatrics of “Anna Karenina”

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Joe Wright’s stagey adaptation of Tolstoy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A- To fully appreciate what director Joe Wright and screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard have wrought with their adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of adultery among the 19th century Russian aristocracy, audiences should prime themselves with Wright’s surreal battlefield interlude from “Atonement.” Working from […]

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A well-earned silver lining

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David O. Russell’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy beats the odds By T.T. Stern-Enzi A well-earned silver lining David O. Russell’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy beats the odds By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: A Family is a tricky proposition in the world of David O. Russell. Whether the ones we’re born into (“Spanking the Monkey” […]

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“Sessions” of discovery

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Take note of the quiet force that is John Hawkes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Maybe we should pay closer attention to Buddhist philosophy. Not that everything should be reduced to a bumper sticker, but there’s one that you see often: DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING – SIT THERE! Be still, it tells us. Embrace the call of […]

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“Skyfall” propels Craig into Bond pantheon

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A Bond film that will truly shake and stir audiences Rating: PG-13 Grade: A   By. T.T. Stern-Enzi “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” now feel like warm-ups for newbie Bond star Daniel Craig, pacing laps before the full-on marathon. If you buy this analogy, then “Skyfall” must be seen as the race of Craig’s […]

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Interview with a dancer

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Onscreen and onstage, DCDC dancer Sheri Williams continues to “Sparkle” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Earlier this year, Wim Wender’s “Pina” dazzled dance enthusiasts with its ability to place cameras onstage among the dancers to create a sensation of being gracefully and effortlessly in the flow. Yet, even with 3D technology to enhance this further, there was […]

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The world in this “cloud”

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The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer create a visual “Atlas” from David Mitchell’s blueprint Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi When bestselling literary tomes make the transition to the big screen, often there’s an immediate and obvious critical response where we heap praise on films for their perceived novelistic sense. What we are responding to […]

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Searching for the heart and soul, so long ignored

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Musical documentary “Sugar Man” unearths a real treasure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In what should be an iconic image, we see Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a folk singer who recorded his first single “I’ll Slip Away” back in 1967, strolling along with his guitar case strapped across his back. His long, dark hair […]

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Argo

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Ben Affleck’s fake movie rescue generates real thrills Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 1997, the release of “Good Will Hunting” heralded the arrival of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two smart upstarts who seized control of their careers. Sharing a tiny apartment with Affleck’s younger brother Casey, the elder Affleck and […]

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The moments of “Conception”

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Serialized vignettes explore couples on the verge of making babies Grade: B The pitch for “Conception,” a slightly skewed romantic comedy from writer-director Josh Stolberg (screenwriter on “Good Luck Chuck” & “Sorority Row”), probably reminded some of the gatekeepers that heard it of would-be mainstream crowd-pleasers like “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve,” the broad […]

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LGBT Film Festival turns seven

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The festival continues to promote and celebrate film and community By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the Downtown Dayton LGBT community prepares to present its seventh annual film festival – Sept. 28-30 – with screenings at The Neon, I had one overarching question – with an obvious follow-up – for festival director, Jonathan McNeal. I wondered what […]

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Trouble with the Curve

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Baseball drama ambles along like slow pitch softball By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: D Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a typically grizzled old coot. He’s resistant to the social and cultural evolution that has taken place around him, preferring instead to keep his head down and continue to push against the stream flow of progress. […]

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Where the frames take me: TIFF offscreen

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A festival detour between screenings By T.T. Stern-Enzi Welcome to this special dispatch from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. I’m on a mission to capture experiences – frames of reference, if you will – from my extended journey in Toronto. TIFF is about the movies, the premieres and the galas, the red carpet photo […]

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Where the frames take me

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Your friendly neighborhood critic previews the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Filmmakers take viewers on journeys, rendering the fantastic with startling specificity and introducing audiences to characters beyond the scope of their collective experiences and to faraway places they might never consider for the routine (and typically affordable) family excursion. Eager armchair […]

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Seeking the answers in our hearts

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“Where Do We Go Now?” seeks to resolve an eternal conflict By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- In a remote Lebanese village (hard to believe that such out of the way places actually exist), Christians and Muslims live together, side by side, working and entertaining themselves, as a community that is as close as […]

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2012 FilmDayton Festival

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A Q&A with Executive Director Megan Cooper By T.T. Stern-Enzi Last year, like most regional film lovers who attended FilmDayton’s festival, I eagerly awaited the opportunity to bask in the Dayton filmmaking vibe. Part of the organization’s call to arms is to support film “by Dayton and for Dayton.” Seemingly more than many other festivals […]

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Little Miss Ruby Sparks

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First-time screenwriter Zoe Kazan writes and leaps off the page and the screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: A- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) tag-team with writer and co-star Zoe Kazan to tell the incredible story of Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), a young author who finds himself struggling to complete the […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]