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Creating genius: ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

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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

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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

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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’

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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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Philip Seymour Hoffman – ‘Be honest, and unmerciful’

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Projected memories of an actor’s actor By T.T. Stern-Enzi While I am generally not a fan of social media – I use Twitter for work-based purposes only and have refused, on principle, to ever join Facebook – I found myself appreciative of the outpouring of sentiment over the sudden and tragic loss of Academy Award-winning […]

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More than awkward: ‘That Awkward Moment’

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Two rising stars get played by the studio system game By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Effron stumble through “That Awkward Moment” ; Rating: R Grade: D Romantic comedy screenwriters want us to believe love is full of cute challenges, inconsequential moments blown out of proportion, awaiting simple, […]

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‘The Invisible Woman’ creeps among the shadows

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Ralph Fiennes captures the scandalous love affair of Charles Dickens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Invisible Woman”; Rating: R Grade: B Remember the first time we saw Ralph Fiennes? For most of us, it was in “Schindler’s List” as Amon Goeth, the concentration camp commandant who […]

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Mama Meryl devours her own in ‘August: Osage County’

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Midwestern family drama takes dysfunction to surreal heights  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Meryl Streep and Juliette Lewis in “August: Osage County”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Once again, playwright Tracy Letts (“Killer Joe” in conjunction with director William Friedkin and the resurgent Matthew McConaughey as the titular killer subject) adapts his own award-winning […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]