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The missing hitch in “Hitchcock”

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Sacha Gervasi and Anthony Hopkins shrink the great man down to size By T.T. Stern-Enzi As I waited for the advance screening of “Hitchcock,” from director Sacha Gervasi (known as the writer of “The Terminal” and the director of “Anvil: The Story of Anvil”), I ended up chatting with a fellow writer who also happens […]

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Cabin Fever

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DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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“Killing” style at the box office

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Marrying 1970s grit with druggy matrix effects By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ I’m a huge fan of Prince, The Roots and Level 42; a fanatic, in fact, which means that any new release from them guarantees an instant buy, and not just a digital download from iTunes. No, I’m talking about heading out […]

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

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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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? […]