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The Toronto International Film Festival at 40

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Getting better with age By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in “Born to be Blue” I have to admit that I’m a sucker for symmetry and my association with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is rife with coincidental parallels. As I enter the home stretch of my preparation for a week […]

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MUBI: The Stay-at-Home film festival

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A new online theater experience for the hungry couch cineastes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kate Lyn Sheil as Crystal and AJ Bowen as Highway Angel in “Sun Don’t Shine” What happens when the revolution is no longer revolutionary, when the heat is not stoked to a fever pitch? We can always continue to feed the […]

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Celebrating a local screen outlaw

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The secret history of a local filmmaker and the region By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Victor Bonacore and Jim Vanbebber scout an alligator farm for Vanbebber’s new directorial effort, “Gator Green” photo: Scott Gabbey This week, The Neon plays host to the world premiere of “Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber.” The […]

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‘Actor For Hire’ seeks a career-defining opportunity

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Festival entry examines the meta-drama behind the scenes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Actor for Hire” starring Jesse O’Neill [center] is the first independent film by writer-director Marcus Mizelle The acting class is a niche populated by segmented categories from across the social and cultural strata, although, intriguingly, every member desires to breakout by figuring out […]

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A ‘fantastic’ failure

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Who would have guessed this reboot could be worse? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jamie Bell as The Thing, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards and and Kate mara as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four” ; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D- Following the less than stellar box office results of Tim Story’s […]

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Signs of the ‘Rogue Nation’ in real life

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What happens when the truth starts to match the fantasy? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: C I caught myself slightly glazing over during the latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” series. And apparently, I wasn’t alone because going into the weekend, I […]

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One miscue on the path to glory

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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‘Mr. Holmes’ ties up loose ends

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Director Bill Condon lets the detective set his story straight By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes”; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective. In recent years, I made forays into the literary detective genre, but I have done […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’

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From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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My daddy thinks I’m fine: the tragedy of ‘Amy’

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How we’re all implicated in the loss of Amy Winehouse By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Amy” features clips, images and interviews examining the life of vocalist Amy Winehouse; Rating: R, Grade: A “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” That line from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” says so much because […]

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Lotta magic left in Mike

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Channing Tatum and his crew get together for another dance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Channing Tatum as Mike Lane in “Magic Mike XXL”; Rating: R, Grade: A Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh (the filmmaking chameleon who so deftly walked the fine line between the independent world and the […]

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Commending Coffy

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Pam Grier: The sexiest woman in the movie universe By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Pam Grier as Jackie Brown in “Jackie Brown,” 1997 Olive Films is releasing three classics of the Blaxploitation era—“Coffy” (1973), “Foxy Brown” (1974) and “Friday Foster” (1975)—featuring the undeniably tough and beautiful Pam Grier. As a child in the early 1970s, my […]

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Looking forward to ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

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Love and sex in the twilight years By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Blythe Danner as Carol Petersen in “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B+ American cinema has a problem with depictions of the lives of mature (read: older) characters; though, to be completely honest, the point could be argued that the industry […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

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Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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‘Tomorrowland’ is a day and paradise lost

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Brad Bird and George Clooney take audiences on an unfulfilling trip By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: George Clooney and Thomas Robinson as old and young Frank Walker in “Tomorrowland”; Rating: PG, Grade: C+ Is the world truly small after all? That’s the question that lingers with me days after watching Brad Bird’s new futuristic family-friendly fantasy. […]

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Not so far from modern sensibilities

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Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy and finds modern parallels By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in “Far From the Madding Crowd”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) certainly has her wits about her; at least that sounds like something that might have been said of the character between the days […]

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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 […]