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Forward Thinking: A 2011 Film Preview

Who will be the modern masters of this New Year? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Annual top 10 lists and Oscar prognosticating derail forward progress for the first couple of months of the new year and the release schedule has adapted itself to accommodate this rearview mentality by transforming the late winter months into a wasteland of […]

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The Green Hornet

Michel Gondry and writing duo play with comic book conventions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: B For a genre based on color-splashed frames of superhuman heroics, comic book adaptations sure have gotten heavy-handed in their attempts to break into the mainstream and acquire a measure of cultural significance. Superheroes are the new mythology of […]

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Members Only

A rough cut of male nudity in mainstream cinema By T.T. Stern-Enzi As an audience member of a certain age (and gender), I can remember being titillated by my first glimpse of onscreen nudity in “Porky’s” back in the early 1980s, which paved the way for a string of teenage fantasies dominated by the objectification […]

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Film Review ‘Nowhere Boy’

A Terrific Portrait Of The Young John Lennon By T.T. Stern-Enzi With Nowhere Boy, conceptual artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood takes audiences back to the early nowhere days of John Lennon (Aaron Johnson), as he chafes under the seemingly loveless rule of his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who wants to see that the boy […]

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Film Review ‘Waiting For Superman’

Who Can Save The U.S. Educational System? By. T.T. Stern-Enzi Education recently topped the national news spotlight thanks, in part, to the resignation of Washington, DC Education Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the controversial figure, appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty at the start of his term, to overhaul a failing system and possibly serve as an example […]

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Final Saw?

Is this really the end run for Jigsaw and his moralistic attempts to make life more meaningful for a society that is locked into its own greed, social network navel gazing, and petty bigotry?  Say it ain’t so. I don’t believe for a moment that it is, but let’s assume for argument’s sake that Lionsgate […]

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DVD Reviews

Shakespeare, A Salute To The ’80s And More By T.T. Stern-Enzi DVD and Blu-Ray releases transport viewers back in time. The shifts can be recent – reflections off the multiplex screens from a few months ago to repeats of a just passed television season – or generational jaunts into unfamiliar ages. For a classic journey, […]

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Coffeehouse 2: A Critic In Treatment

In less than a week, I’ve crammed in all 35 episodes of the second season of In Treatment, and I have to say, it was quite an emotional experience.  HBO must be commended for the audacity of producing and airing a television series about therapy with this kind of format.  Half-hour sessions with a psychoanalyst […]

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Coffeehouse: In Treatment

Season Two of In Treatment arrived earlier today and so, for the first time, I truly took advantage of the mobile viewing options of DVDs.  I unloaded everything my bag of tricks at a table with a large iced tea and settle down to a couple of therapy sessions with Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne). […]

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A Satisfied Mind loves Hereafter

Critics can be just as susceptible to buzz as regular audiences. I missed out on an opportunity to catch Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter during the Toronto International Film Festival, but got wind of less than favorable comments from the viewing press grapevine, so I immediately began to downgrade my expectations for the film. I was already […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]