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Mama Meryl devours her own in ‘August: Osage County’

Midwestern family drama takes dysfunction to surreal heights  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Meryl Streep and Juliette Lewis in “August: Osage County”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Once again, playwright Tracy Letts (“Killer Joe” in conjunction with director William Friedkin and the resurgent Matthew McConaughey as the titular killer subject) adapts his own award-winning […]

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‘Lone Survivor’ succumbs to Hollywood hype

Peter Berg ratchets up the action to sell true story By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Writer-director Peter Berg (“The Rundown” and “The Kingdom”) knows a thing or two about framing high-testosterone action sequences. The camera is always right in the middle of the live-action set pieces and he’s astute when it comes to presentation. For lightweight […]

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The wonderful Tom Hanks saves ‘Mr. Banks’

Everyone’s favorite star has become the corporate face of Disney By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson seek common ground in “Saving Mr. Banks”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Poor PL Travers (Emma Thompson), she was such a cold woman. Full of that stiff upper lip game-facing that we’ve come to […]

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‘The Book Thief’ steals an alternative historic view

The Holocaust seen from the perspective of the daughter of a Communist By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush in “The Book Thief”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Sometimes, as a critic, you don’t have to go too far to find a way into a film. The seeds of comparison, […]

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The phenomenal hucksters behind ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sell a placebo of a film  By T. T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: [l to r] Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey at the top of their games in “Dallas Buyers Club”; Rating: R Grade: B+ Press screenings at film festivals can be tough crowds. We’re generally a jaded bunch, casually capable of […]

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Discovery when it seems ‘All Is Lost’

Robert Redford adrift on an Everyman’s journey By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: Robert Redford in ‘All Is Lost’  Rating: PG-13 Grade: A    Every so often, a film comes along that gives me serious critical pause, sending me back to a favorite philosophical mentor to reboot my sensibilities. “The Cornel West Reader,” as regular readers know, serves as […]

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The virtue of ‘The Patience Stone’

The mythic and the modern collide in this Middle Eastern tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Golshifteh Farahani and Hamid Djavadan struggle with identity in “The Patience Stone”; Rating: R Grade: A- The mythology of America lacks a spiritual or metaphysical component, separate and distinct from religion. America is a country of immigrants, each […]

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Sadly, there will never be ‘Enough’ Gandolfini

Quite by accident, ‘Enough Said’ offers a fitting tribute to the late James Gandolfini By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in ‘Enough Said’; Rating: PG-13 Grade: A Writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s latest film, “Enough Said,” arrives burdened with the sad realization that it features one of the final recorded […]

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Looking for love in ‘Austenland’

Paper-thin premise frays despite the elegant presence of Keri Russell By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Jennifer Coolidge, Keri Russell and Georgia King star in “Austenland” ; Rating: PG-13 Grade: C There is something sweet and wholesome about Keri Russell – who made a name for herself on the television series “Felicity” – that’s unique and […]

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A cinematic revival for the faithful

A holy day in the life at the Toronto International Film Festival  By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in “Philomena,” a standout film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Almost 20 years ago, Wynton Marsalis released In this House, On this Morning, a 2-disc suite dedicated to capturing […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]