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The Switch

Miramax Pulls A Switcheroo On Audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Despite the fact that her post-Friends big screen career hasn’t exactly earned her any new friends or fans, Jennifer Aniston curiously continues to snag top billing. When was she ever a box office draw though? The Break-Up might qualify as a hit, but the laughs came […]

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So Far… So Good?

Assessing 2010′s Best Films, Performances Thus Far By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the summer days and the first half of the year slip away, the time is right for a recap of the best films so far before we dive into the rich cool waters of a prestigious fall season. Last year’s eventual Best Picture and […]

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Eat Pray Love

This Adaptation Proves How Hard It Is To Find Yourself By T.T Stern-Enzi During a summer season that has given us a duplicitous warrior woman (Salt), a normal teen girl torn between two mon-strous lovers (Twilight: Eclipse) and the rise of The Girl (Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and the serialized adaptations), the end arrives and it’s […]

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Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

Defeat Seven Evil Exes To Win The Girl? No Problem By T.T. Stern-Enzi The titular twentysomething alt-rocking playboy slacker (Michael Cera), currently involved with a cute high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the actual woman of his dreams, but then has to defeat her seven evil exes […]

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Dinner For Schmucks

This Fancy Feast Satisfies Thanks To Main Ingredient Steve Carell By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the French original, The Dinner Game, there apparently was no dinner. The whole premise was based on the set-up, the train wreck effect of watching idiots come together and the havoc created on the way to the unseen event. Jay Roach, […]

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The Other Will Ferrell

A semi-serious look at the seriously funny star of ‘The Other Guys’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Longevity, besides being a respectful euphemism for old age, means you’ve got more stories to tell and there’s a greater chance that one or two of them might be good. Quite often I joke about being old because I’ve got […]

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Salt

An excerpt about Salt

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The Kids Are All Right

Film Review An unconventional family grows up. By T.T. Stern-Enzi For a film about family, The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko’s new indie drama, twists the dynamics in ways both obvious and subtle to great effect. As a long-together lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have achieved a degree of domestic […]

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Splice

Indie melds sci-fi horror and family dynamics to great effect Forget cloning; that’s what Splice, the new film from Vincenzo Natali, wants because cloning is so five years ago. The new genetic horizon is gene splicing. What happens when scientists merge various animal DNA strands and create new breeds, which is far more intriguing to […]

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The Secret In 
Their Eyes

Argentina’s Oscar winner no longer a secret in the U.S. At first glance, Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award winner (Best Foreign Language) looks like a television procedural, Law & Order: Buenos Aires. Writer-director Campanella certainly has the background for the procedural elements here. In fact, he has directed episodes of The Guardian and House as […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]