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Don’t miss these under-the-radar film picks from 2016 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Markees Christmas as Morris in ‘Morris From America’ Today’s world has transformed every (remaining) film critic into a curator-in-waiting. Having spent decades critically watching and commenting on film, assuming the role of scout-curator for a film festival or a film center, makes for […]

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Beware the angelic chorus of ‘Manchester by the Sea’

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Lesley Barber’s musical score bedevils and transfixes audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Casey Affleck (right) and Kyle Chandler in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester By the Sea’ For the last couple of years, film scoring has been a sideline coverage pursuit during my time at the Toronto International Film Festival. And this year, I had my sensitive […]

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Tom Ford composes a dark, ‘Nocturnal’ adaptation

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Amy Adams reigns in the elegant jungle of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Adams as Susan Morrow in Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Rating: R; Grade: A Back in the halcyon days of September, during the delirious full festival run I made through Toronto, I enjoyed a stylistically captivating double feature (“Nocturnal Animals” and […]

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‘Allied’ fights a losing battle in beautiful isolation

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Character is a rare special effect in Robert Zemeckis’s latest effort By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Brad Pitt as Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beauséjour in ‘Allied’ Rating: R; Grade: D+ Over the years, Robert Zemeckis (“Flight”) has proven to be a special effects wizard, capable of employing all-manner of visual trickery to dazzle […]

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‘Bleed for This’ captures a boxer fighting for his life

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Real life drama zeroes in on a personal battle against adversity By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza in ‘Bleed for This’ Rating: R; Grade: B Men and women who step in the ring go by a variety of monikers—boxers, brawlers, fighters, sluggers, punchers—and yet the stories about them, the big feature narratives, […]

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Confirmation of a major ‘Arrival’

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Canadian director Denis Villeneuve arrives on the big scene By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Adams as Dr. Louise Brooks in ‘The Arrival’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: A I remember where I was when Denis Villeneuve (whose “Incendies” garnered a Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination back in 2011) started to loom large. The moment goes back to […]

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The certainty of life’s quiet moments

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Kelly Reichardt turns her gaze to profundity of the mundane By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michelle Williams as Gina Lewis in ‘Certain Women’ Rating: R; Grade: A Over 20 years ago in the film “Short Cuts,” Robert Altman provided a visual roadmap through a messy suburban landscape from the pen of writer Raymond Carver. As a […]

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Watch out for the look of death

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What we learn about death portrayed on-screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in ‘Psycho’ Blood and gore, that’s what attracts us, right? Everything from the gruesome kill shots to the slashing stab wounds, we’re in it to watch the life bleed away from that anonymous collection of young victims. But, reel […]

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Experiencing the eternal dream of ‘American Honey’

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Andrea Arnold shines a spotlight on the new American teen dream By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Shia LaBeouf as Jake (left) and Sasha Lane as Star in ‘American Honey’ Rating: R; Grade: A “American” is such a loaded word in contemporary society. Type it into a search engine and it appears as a tag, a descriptive […]

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Revenge of ‘The Dressmaker’

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Australian tale stitches together offbeat humor and quirky comeuppance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kate Winslet as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage in ‘The Dressmaker’ Rating: R; Grade: B+ Is there a more classic, dare I say “iconic,” figure in film today than Kate Winslet? If you need proof, look no further than the opening scene of “The […]

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Celebration, continued

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Dayton LGBT Film Festival kicks off a second decade By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kiki Layne as Olivia (right) falls for Imani in Janaya Greene’s short film ‘Veracity,’ directed by Seith Mann Based on the advance word found on the festival website, the vibe at the 11th annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival will be raucous. With […]

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Sinking into the mire of ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Explosive action alone cannot tell the tale of historic catastrophe by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams in ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   The story is true, and should be fairly well-known to most, because it made headlines and dominated the news cycle back in April of 2010, when an explosion […]

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Focus on ‘Snowden’ grounds the mercurial Stone

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A measured and damned near mild-mannered Oliver Stone pic By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in ‘Snowden’ Rating: R; Grade: B- With the arrival of the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I prepared myself for a trio of films tackling crucial periods in American history. Added to the daunting […]

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A Wall Street woman seeks ‘Equity’

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A lack of human capital limits real narrative gains By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop in ‘Equity’ Rating: R; Grade: C+ The old adage warns us that time is money, and in large part, that holds true. Fortunes can rise and fall in a matter of seconds, and films devoted to the […]

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Kicking off the highly politicized black film debate

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This fall, film seeks to peer into the souls of black folks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in ‘Southside With You’ For those unfamiliar with the complexities behind the production and release schedules of films, this fall will appear like a concerted effort by Hollywood to address the damning concerns raised […]

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Trying not to go under come ‘Hell or High Water’

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A timely thriller with real human and political stakes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ben Foster as Tanner Howard and Chris Pine as Toby Howard in ‘Hell or High Water’  Rating: R; Grade: A Taylor Sheridan scratched his way through the film industry as an actor with roles in host of television shows like NYPD Blue and […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]