Tag Archives: film reviews

Get stoked for “Stoker”

stoker_2013-5-1200x760

Director Chan-wook Park’s sinister English language debut translates well By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode star in “Stoker” Rating: R Grade: A In dreamy bit of voiceover narration at the start, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) tells us, “we are not responsible for what we have come to be,” and […]

Read More 0 Comments

“West of Memphis” travels down a long, dark road

west-of-memphis_2012-7-3568x2400

A masterful shortcut through a horrible travesty By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Henry Rollins and co-writer/director Amy Berg seek justice in “West of Memphis”; Rating: R Grade: A A monumental miscarriage of justice in the early 1990s leads to three young men – Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. – being […]

Read More 0 Comments

“The Last Exorcism Part 2” as the last stand against evil

the_last_exorcism_02

Can a second “Exorcism” tame this demonic breakout?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: David Jensen [left] and Ashley Bell [right] star in “The Last Exorcism Part 2” There’s a great, not-so-obvious hook in “The Last Exorcism 2,” which is the sequel to the successful 2010 found footage creeper feature about an evangelical exorcist named Cotton Marcus (Patrick […]

Read More 0 Comments

A lovely and fitting curtain call

QUARTET

As a director, Dustin Hoffman celebrates his fellow actors By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet” Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ I have been astonished at how little fanfare has accompanied the release of “Quartet” from Dustin Hoffman. As an actor, Hoffman has over […]

Read More 0 Comments

“A Royal Affair” leads to enlightenment

royal-feat

Denmark’s Best Foreign Language nominee offers contemporary reflection By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in “A Royal Affair” Rating: R Grade: B Niels Arcel, best known in the U.S. as one of the screenwriters on the original “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” re-teams with Rasmus Heisterberg, his partner on the aforementioned film, to […]

Read More 0 Comments

The twin core of “Rust and Bone”

Rust-and-Bone

Jacques Audiard uncovers wounded souls in harsh conditions  By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: [l to r] Armand Verdure and Matthias Schoenaerts in“Rust and Bone” Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) epitomizes what we – Westernized, sheltered, middle-class citizens – imagine when someone references brutes, bruisers or brutish behavior. Hip-hop has glamourized “thugs” and “the thug life,” but Ali comes from […]

Read More 0 Comments

The struggle begins “Any Day Now”

AnyDayNow_002

An unconventional gay couple fights the good fight  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Garret Dillahunt and Alan Cumming star in “Any Day Now”: R Grade B- What happens when a sassy drag queen and a buttoned-up lawyer seek to gain custody of a young man with Down’s syndrome who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother? […]

Read More 0 Comments

Django explained

Django Unchained movie still

A look at race relations in Quentin Tarantino’s curious revenge fantasy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Art – the best and the worst of the various forms – challenges audiences. It offers reflections that ping-pong from the surreal to the mundane, the radiantly abstract to the common, which at times can seem quite vulgar in their uncovering […]

Read More 0 Comments

Top Ten Films of 2012

Moonrise Kingdom-Kara Hayward Suzy-Jared Gilman Sam

A cinematic mix-tape for the year gone by  By T.T. Stern-Enzi 1  “Zero Dark Thirty”  (Kathryn Bigelow) A tough no-nonsense shooter with an eye for clarity hooks up with a top-notch journalist intent on capturing the true essence of the story (which isn’t necessarily the “truth” in an idealized sense) and first we get “The […]

Read More 0 Comments

Seeking a film for the end of the world

AppleMark

When it all ends, what will you be watching?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi The end is … We’ve heard it all before. If not from Nostradamus or the Mayans or some other Psychic Friends Network associate who lost their connection to the mainframe, then it was likely that we’ve seen the end unspooling before us onscreen. […]

Read More 0 Comments

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Reviewing a new format or a new movie?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi What a year! As we near the end of 2012, I find myself in full reflective mode, looking back at a year in film that, while not likely to be one for the ages, still found ways to inspire me to spend a few […]

Read More 0 Comments

The missing hitch in “Hitchcock”

hitchcock_2012-2-1280x852

Sacha Gervasi and Anthony Hopkins shrink the great man down to size By T.T. Stern-Enzi As I waited for the advance screening of “Hitchcock,” from director Sacha Gervasi (known as the writer of “The Terminal” and the director of “Anvil: The Story of Anvil”), I ended up chatting with a fellow writer who also happens […]

Read More 0 Comments

The surreal theatrics of “Anna Karenina”

annakarenina_6cc55a5f8df0295a_keiraknightley

Joe Wright’s stagey adaptation of Tolstoy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A- To fully appreciate what director Joe Wright and screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard have wrought with their adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of adultery among the 19th century Russian aristocracy, audiences should prime themselves with Wright’s surreal battlefield interlude from “Atonement.” Working from […]

Read More 0 Comments

“Sessions” of discovery

TheSessions_HelenHunt_JohnHawkes002

Take note of the quiet force that is John Hawkes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Maybe we should pay closer attention to Buddhist philosophy. Not that everything should be reduced to a bumper sticker, but there’s one that you see often: DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING – SIT THERE! Be still, it tells us. Embrace the call of […]

Read More 0 Comments

Interview with a dancer

octdcdc0032

Onscreen and onstage, DCDC dancer Sheri Williams continues to “Sparkle” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Earlier this year, Wim Wender’s “Pina” dazzled dance enthusiasts with its ability to place cameras onstage among the dancers to create a sensation of being gracefully and effortlessly in the flow. Yet, even with 3D technology to enhance this further, there was […]

Read More 0 Comments

Searching for the heart and soul, so long ignored

Sugarman_LARGE_t_981_14158439

Musical documentary “Sugar Man” unearths a real treasure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In what should be an iconic image, we see Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a folk singer who recorded his first single “I’ll Slip Away” back in 1967, strolling along with his guitar case strapped across his back. His long, dark hair […]

Read More 0 Comments

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

L&D

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

L&D

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

L&D

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

The Docket: 8/29

285_2697643

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

L&D

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