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The killers inside the television

Opportunities to root for the killers and those in touch with their sensibilities By T.T. Stern-Enzi What has Jim Thompson wrought? One of the best writers in the crime genre published “The Killer Inside Me” in 1952, and the book became an underground classic. The protagonist, Lou Ford, was a small town Texas deputy sheriff […]

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The Debt

Post-Holocaust thriller pays off a debt in more than pedestrian fashion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R, Grade: B Film opens up infinite possibilities to the audience; the best are the what-ifs that transport us out and away from the narrative before us, into worlds of alternatives, with no debts at all to the reality and […]

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Another Earth

Speculative science fiction that explores the uncharted recesses of human emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi The discovery of a new planet – and a very close one at that, in every way implied – in the cosmos triggers a poetic reflection, a tragic inciting incident, that unleashes the “what if” potential that makes science fiction so […]

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Rethinking “The Help”

How to read the critical response to The Help By T.T. Stern-Enzi In last week’s issue of Cincinnati’s CityBeat (August 10 – 16, 2011), I gave The Help a D and referred to having “intimate connections to the subject” that influenced my objectivity. It seems many others, both critics and regular moviegoers brought their own […]

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Page One: Inside The New York Times

A look at the battle to maintain a (presumed to be dying) standard of the times Rating: R, Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi   New Media, as opposed to the lower-cased version, which generally is about software applications rather than hardware that requires more seismic cultural investments, generates anxiety and fear, a healthy reaction, at […]

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The Change-Up

Flip the switch on switched personality comedies, please By T.T. Stern-Enzi Charles Dickens was half-right in his imminently quotable introduction to “A Tale of Two Cities” because The Change-Up, the umpteenth cinematic switcheroo comedy, certainly offers compelling evidence for this being “the worst of times.” Director David Dobkin (Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) now bears responsibility […]

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Captain America: The First Avenger

The rousing WWII origin of the leader of the earth’s Mightiest Heroes by T.T. Stern-Enzi For the uninitiated moviegoers out there who have enjoyed the two Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man installments with the ultra-hip and charismatic Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire weapons manufacturer behind the invincible iron mask, next summer’s plan to assemble the […]

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Beginners

Confronting emotional scars sets a son on the path to real love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Oliver (Ewan McGregor) shares his story with us. His father Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out in his 70s, after 44 years of marriage, after the death of Oliver’s mother and soon discovers that he has terminal cancer, which also killed […]

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Buck

The inspiration behind The Horse Whisperer treats animals as more than mere actors or pets by t.t. stern-enzi In the preface to the 1975 edition of Animal Liberation, ethics philosopher Peter Singer shared the story of an evening dinner party where the hostess was a keen lover of animals and quite interested in discussing his […]

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Michael Bay uses 3D to heighten the Michael Bay money shots in this finale by T.T. Stern-Enzi After being subjected to a scathing critical bashing for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (including harsh words from Megan Fox, one of the movie’s stars), Michael Bay apparently dedicated himself to cleaning up his act for the final […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]