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Dayton LGBTQ Adult Film Festival Photo: Martin L. Washington and Maya Washington in “Alaska Is a Drag” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Intersectionality is  the buzzword of this cultural moment. The term, coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate describes the “overlapping or intersecting social identities and […]

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Stars elevate ‘The Mountain Between Us’

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Hany Abu-Assad brings this Charles Martin adult fairy tale to life Photo: Idris Elba (left) and Kate Winslet (right) survive together in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Idris Elba has not officially been dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, by People magazine, but he’s been mentioned in the hallowed company of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, […]

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‘Brad’s Status’ places white male anxiety on the wait list

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Writer-director Mike White toys with generational reflection and guilt Photo: Ben Stiller plays Brad in new ‘dramedy’ with Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams By T.T. Stern-Enzi In all honesty, during my Toronto International Film Festival screening of “Brad’s Status,” the new dramedy from actor (“School of Rock”), writer (“Chuck & Buck”), and director (“Year of […]

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‘Brad’s Status’ places white male anxiety on the wait list

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Writer-director Mike White toys with generational reflection and guilt Photo: Ben Stiller plays Brad in new ‘dramedy’ with Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams  By T.T. Stern-Enzi In all honesty, during my Toronto International Film Festival screening of “Brad’s Status,” the new dramedy from actor (“School of Rock”), writer (“Chuck & Buck”), and director (“Year of […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal makes us all ‘Stronger’

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A story of triumph that’s tough as its Boston townie protagonist Photo: Jake Gyllenahaal portrays Boston Marathon bombing victum in new drama film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Over the course of the next few months, readers will be privy to my critically curated catalogue of films from the Toronto International Film Festival. This journey began during […]

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The devil in the details of “Mother!”

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Writer-director Darren Aronofsky contains the horrors of the world in one house Photo: Jennifer Lawernce plays Mother in her new film By T.T. Stern-Enzi This year’s Toronto International Film Festival has a documentary devoted to guitarist Eric Clapton (“Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars”), which I’m sadly going to be unable to see. I […]

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Will Toronto looking glass provide an Oscar sneak peek?

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Your friendly neighborhood critical prognosticator heads north in search of gold Photo: Emma Stone (left) and Steve Carell (right) in “Battle of the Sexes” By T.T. Stern-Enzi During last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), I saw “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land,” and “Moonlight,” which went on to snag seven of the top […]

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Multi-hyphenate rings her own bell

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Lake Bell pushes the ceiling like a natural wonder Photo:  Actress, director, and screenwriter Lake Bell By T.T. Stern-Enzi As soon as she appears onscreen, Lake Bell inspires people to ask, “Who’s that girl?” The dark-haired actor with the biggest smile this side of Julia Roberts has been that other girl in mainstream movies like […]

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Offers Late Summer Protection

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A perfect pairing of comedy and action Photo: Ryan Reynolds (left) and Samuel L. Jackson (right) in “The Hitmans Bodyguard” by T.T. Stern-Enzi When we first lay eyes on triple-A professional bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), he’s on top of the world; one that has gone according to his carefully scripted plan. He’s got a […]

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Aubrey Plaza Brings Sex Appeal To ‘Little Hours’

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Sex is no laughing matter to this indie queen Photo: From left to right: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci by T.T. Stern-Enzi Cassandra Wilson, on her New Moon Daughter release, sang a languidly sexy tune titled “A Little Warm Death,” which spoke of sex as a little death that we welcome in the throes of ecstasy. Teasingly […]

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‘STEP’ GIVES VOICE TO NEW DREAMS

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A Baltimore dance team shows us how movement matters Photo: Blessin Giraldo, Paula Dofat, Tayla Solomon, and Cori Grainger in “Step” by T.T. Stern-Enzi Tough, inspirational, inner-city documentaries tend to find themselves lined up alongside the 1994 Steve James film “Hoop Dreams,” which presented the lives of two Chicago teens (William Gates and Arthur Agee) […]

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Communication breaks down in ‘Landline’

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Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate share the tale of a family in crisis Photo: (l-r) Abby Quinn as Ali, Edie Falco as Pat, and Jenny Slate as Dana in ‘Landline’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi In today’s technology-dominated age, access to a phone feels like a right guaranteed at the moment of one’s […]

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‘A Ghost Story’ for the ages

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David Lowery pens ultimate ode to the loneliness of the afterlife Photo: Casey Affleck as C (center) in ‘A Ghost Story’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi The main poster for David Lowery’s new indie feature “A Ghost Story” defines the stark simplicity of his take on the haunted-house genre.  At first glance his ghost is a childish […]

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A ‘Planet of the (_______)’ movie?

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Let’s take this man-versus-pets genre to the next level Photo: The ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise continues with ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ but what if the concept were expanded to pets? By T.T. Stern-Enzi OK, I can already hear you starting to argue with me over the idea of this film column. […]

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The virtual arthouse?

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Cable TV, streaming compete with the big screen, art film Photo: Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper (left) and Al Strobel as Mike return in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks By T.T. Stern-Enzi In our modern era, the true notion of prophecy has seemingly gone the way of the dinosaur (never to be resurrected as […]

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The mad passions of Eric Mahoney

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Filmmaker sets sights on revealing a forgotten musical link Photo: Natasha Kahn in ‘Madly,’ screening at The Neon July 6 By T.T. Stern-Enzi For one night only on July 6, The Neon will host a benefit screening of “Madly,” an anthology collection comprising six international shorts from an eclectic group of directors (including actress Mia […]

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Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]