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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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‘Beatriz’ seeks to redefine privilege

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Creative team Arteta and White pen the 1st ode to the age of Trump Photo: Connie Britton as Cathy (left) and Salma Hayek as Beatriz in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi When did “privilege” become such a negative buzzword? I suppose it was always there in the definition, which speaks […]

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‘All Eyez’ tries to see too much

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The life of Tupac Shakur could have meant so much more in focus photo: Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez On Me’  Rating: R; Grade: C- By T.T. Stern-Enzi A sense of inevitability looms over Benny Boom’s account of the life of Tupac Shakur. Just last summer in “Straight Outta Compton,” director […]

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Human nature hides under the cover of night

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Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults explores the dark side of the soul Photo: Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis in ‘It Comes Out At Night’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi To paraphrase the Prince song “The Future” from the “Batman” soundtrack, I’ve seen the future of my 2017 top 10 list and the new Trey Edward Shults release, “It […]

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The curious mystery of Rachel Weisz

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The perfectly cast thespian owns the screen in ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Photo: Rachel Weisz as Rachel Ashley in ‘My Cousin Rachel’  Rating: PG-13; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi Daphne Du Maurier, the noted and quite popular British novelist, wrote genre fiction that has been translated to the screen several times over the years. Alfred Hitchcock adapted […]

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Taking pride in a few reflective poses

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Seeing and being seen is what it’s all about Photo: Laura Spencer as Carrie (left) and Velinda Godfrey as Lauren in ‘Heartland’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Sometimes, breaking news turns out to be a cheap and exploitative tease to garner attention. Often, what is hyped as breaking and up-to-the-minute is a glaringly obvious fact to anyone […]

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The teasing discovery of ‘Handsome Devil’

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When will boys finally allowed to be boys? Photo: Fionn O’Shea as Ned (left) and Nicholas Galitzine as Conor in ‘Handsome Devil,’ screening at The Neon May 31 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every school—public or private, in the U.S. or comparable settings abroad—has students like Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine). Ned is the awkwardly […]

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‘Everything, Everything’ fails to make us believe

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Romantic drama lacks powerful, grounding fantasy elements By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Amandla Stenberg as Maddy in her hermetically sealed home from ‘Everything, Everything,’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D- There is a line between fantasy and make believe, not quite what you could call all that “fine” a distinction, either. Fantasy requires an investment, a whole-hearted […]

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Wartime brings out ‘Their Finest’ to rally the home front

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Period romantic drama employs deft humor to tip the scales By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole (left) and Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard in ‘Their Finest’ Rating: R; Grade: B Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has been an international festival darling for most of her career, racing out of the gate with her […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival

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The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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High times and personal lows define ‘Colossal’

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The rampaging monster as an avatar for what becomes of the broken-hearted By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anne Hathaway as Gloria in ‘Colossal’ Rating: R; Grade: B What’s with all of the hate heaped on Anne Hathaway? My inquiring mind needs to know what the hell is going on. I mean, she’s an Academy Award-winning actress […]

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Moving Frames: Values capture Dayton Jewish Film Festival’s identity

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The Jewish Identities: Journey through Dayton Jewish Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Award-winning documentary ‘Sabena Hijacking—My Version’ screens at The Neon May 11   As an African-American film critic, I am always fascinated by the Jewish community’s embrace of its multi-layered identities, especially when it comes to cultural celebrations like film festivals. All groups that […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]