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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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Definition of a woman: Alicia Vikander from ‘The Danish Girl’

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The double Golden Globe nominee talks about womanhood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl” One of the undeniable benefits of covering film—far outstripping the idea of watching hundreds of movies per year—is having the chance to engage in conversations with film professionals. It is an honor I refuse […]

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Lost ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Ron Howard valiantly strives to stay afloat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2013, during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, I settled upon a unique double feature, an intriguing two-fer from Ron Howard. The far more highly buzzed of the two films was “Rush,” his biopic examination of the relationship between James […]

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Being like Michael B. Jordan

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A rising star battles past stumbling blocks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson in “Creed” Michael B. Jordan’s meteoric rise to fame has been quite charmed. Early on, he caught the attention of Bill Cosby (not exactly a calling card currently, but let’s not be prisoners of the moment) and earned […]

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The critical turkeys of 2015

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Taking a decidedly subjective look back at the miscues of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin James in “Mall Cop 2” Typically, I would rather not focus on the negative and problematic films of any given year for practical reasons. During the course of an average year, I watch close to 300 movies in […]

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An immigrant finds a new home in ‘Brooklyn’

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John Crowley’s film sings a lovely immigrant song By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis in “Brooklyn”; Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Cornel West, in the introduction to “The Cornel West Reader,” reminds us that what it means to be American—the heart of the American Dream—is an embrace of the right to “self-create,” to […]

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Understanding ‘Suffragette’ better through song

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Appreciating messages in other times and beats By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts in “Suffragette”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Following the preview audience screening of “Suffragette” I attended, I found myself driving around town, between appointments with an iTunes playlist cued to shuffle, and two songs that on the surface would seem […]

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Not much to miss from ‘Miss You Already’

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Drama bludgeons audiences with the C-word By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Drew Barrymore as Jess and Toni Collette as Milly in “Miss You Already” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D+ Lifelong best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), have been co-stars in a long-running saga—The Milly Affair—which has been a Sex and the City inspired account […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ in three tough acts

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There is genius in front of the cameras, behind the scenes of Danny Boyle’s latest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in “Steve Jobs”; Rating: R Grade: A Just two years ago, director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and newbie screenwriter Matt Whiteley dove headlong into a rather conventional biopic on Apple […]

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‘Coming Home’ is a somber affair

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Zhang Yimou looks at the personal impact of cultural revolutions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Daoming Chen as Lu Yanshi and Li Gong as Feng Wanyu in “Coming Home”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: C Zhang Yimou’s name and reputation have been well established in his graceful epics (“Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”) that blend sweeping yet […]

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The intimacy of the Big Lens Film Festival

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Student film festival showcases polished gems By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nathan Robert Pecchia and Kate Mueller at the Drake Motel in Springfield, Ohio—a still from the film “Noia” Each year Wright State University’s Motion Picture program, an award-winning department and a crown jewel in Midwest film industry, shines a spotlight on a set of new […]

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Bridging the gap: Adriana Trigiani writes for adults

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Long-time writer adapts her own work for the big screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adriana Trigiani, the storyteller behind “Big Stone Gap”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ You can always tell when you, as a viewer or reader, are in the company of a great storyteller. It starts immediately, with the warmth of the voice, the […]

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‘The Martian’ keeps hope alive miles from home

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Ridley Scott uses science as a lifeline in the service of inspiring fiction By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Matt Damon as Mark Watney in “The Martian”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: A Watching Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Martian,” I found my thoughts straying, oddly enough, to the late great Yogi Berra and one of his treasured witticisms—“it’s […]

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At home in the arthouse

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Regional double-feature speaks to, and for, adult audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” A couple of months ago, my wife and I, in search of a new Netflix series to binge-watch together, settled on Grace and Frankie, a mismatched buddy dramedy about two women […]

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At home in the arthouse

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Regional double-feature speaks to, and for, adult audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” A couple of months ago, my wife and I, in search of a new Netflix series to binge-watch together, settled on Grace and Frankie, a mismatched buddy dramedy about two women […]

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Depp is strictly criminal in ‘Black Mass’

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The Scott Cooper feature announces the return of the actor By: T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch as Billy Bulger and Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass”; Rating: R, Grade: A As part of my apparel choices for the Toronto International Film Festival, I decided to bring a peculiar piece of studio swag—the […]

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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 […]