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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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Re:Takes & Re:Makes

Just an introductory post to let everyone know what I’m aiming for with this blog. I want to offer alternative and additional film coverage that will complement our weekly film reviews and features. That means sometimes responding to developing news or expanding on ideas from the film section. Most importantly, this is a chance for […]

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Going The Distance

This Date With Barrymore And Long Barely Makes It Through The Night By T.T. Stern-Enzi I was spoiled this time last year by Marc Webb who gave us 500 fractured days with Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in what was definitely not a love story, but darn it if I didn’t fall in love anyway, much like […]

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The American

European Sensibilities Dominate Anton Corbijn’s Frame Of Reference By T.T. Stern-Enzi In The American, an icy assassin (George Clooney) with no name (although he goes by either Jack or Edward, generically American monikers with allusions to the Kennedy clan) wanders into a series of elegantly composed frames by photographer cum filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, the […]

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

This ‘Girl’ Is Certainly A Hot Property By T.T. Stern-Enzi Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), now and forever to be known as The Girl, is the most intriguing fictional creation to come along in quite some time. How many cyber-hacker pixies with bisexual tendencies, photographic memories and extremely violent reactions to men who abuse women arrive […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]