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The long con of “American Animals”

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Is this the new definition of true-crime reality? Jared Abrahamson, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, and Barry Keoghan (l-r) By T.T. Stern-Enzi Truth, no matter how much we disagree, has always been about perception. Two people view the same incident. Stop. Do two people actually view the same incident? From their different vantage points (even if […]

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The “First Reformed” shall be the last

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I find myself infatuated with Ethan Hawke’s face. About ten years ago, I would never have made such an admission because Hawke felt somehow slight to me. I deemed him to be forever indebted to Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua for allowing him to bask in the afterglow of “Training Day” (which garnered him an […]

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If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) has just gotten sprung from the clink—on parole after pleading for a chance to live an honest life—but it’s obvious that you can’t trust a single word or account told by or […]

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Learning humanity from the animals

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For most of his career, I have had a begrudging respect for the fastidious aesthetic of Wes Anderson. There is an undeniable craft on display in every single frame he composes that is meticulous and filled with obvious wit. His films live and breathe in the minute, carefully orchestrated details of the somewhat hermetically sealed […]

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Story matters as much as kink

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“Fifty Shades Freed” learned nothing from “Damage” Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) steels herself for yet another punishment in “Fifty Shades Freed.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the beginning, it was easy to drop comparisons between the emerging “Fifty Shades” franchise and movies like Adrian Lyne’s steamy romantic drama “9-1/2 Weeks.” I was a huge fan of the […]

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Academy Awards spotlight: animated shorts

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The world of animation is not simply for children, thank goodness Animated short “Revolting Rhymes” offers a fresh take on “Little Red Riding Hood.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Did you know that, within the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the same branch determines the nominees for Best Animated Short and Best Animated Feature (as […]

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Hostility lives in hearts on both sides

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Scott Cooper shoots a Western with its eye on the modern world Actors Wes Studi and Christian Bale in a scene from the film “Hostiles” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Turn on the news and you immediately encounter the ongoing friction between social discourse and cultural activism. We have been told that the best way to handle […]

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Does the ‘Last Key’ close the door in the ‘Insidious’ franchise?

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The fight against the paranormal gets personal By T.T. Stern-Enzi Creators of hit franchises never know, at the very beginning, what elements will work, so decisions are made that sometimes can’t be altered without complex tinkering that defies the internal logic and mythology they are attempting to bake into their narrative worlds.  When working in […]

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The high stakes of “Molly’s Game”

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When gambling on talent isn’t that much of a gamble at all Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in her new drama with Idris Elba (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi We’ve never seen a protagonist quite like Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), because screenwriter-director, Aaron Sorkin has never written for a female character like this. Of course, […]

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The 2017 rules of accountability in Hollywood

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Has the industry’s handling of inappropriate behavior changed (for the better)? Kevin Spacey (left) in his most recent film ‘Baby Driver’ with Jamie Foxx (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi For whom does the bell of accountability toll in the film industry? For the agents, managers, producers, directors, and actors, it would seem, and possibly beyond the […]

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“Downsizing” white male privilege

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I’m not sure this was the intention Matt Damon (left) and Jason Sudeikis (right) in new comedy ‘Downsizing’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was likely a bit of a slog for Matt Damon. At the very least, I can say it was difficult for me to watch his pair of […]

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Finding brilliance in ‘The Disaster Artist’

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Brothers James and Dave Franco form a creative partnership onscreen Photo: Dave Franco (left) and brother James Franco (right) in their new movie ‘The Disaster Artist’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi How do you tell the story of the “best worst film of all time” without getting lost in the meta aspects of the production? Things can go […]

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Relating the story behind ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

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How do you play the writer who rebranded the holiday spirit? Photo: Dan Stevens (left) as Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer (right) as Ebenezer Scrooge in new holiday movie ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas” By T.T. Stern-Enzi A search on the Internet Movie Database, not surprisingly, reveals a plethora of adaptations of the Charles Dickens […]

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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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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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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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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]