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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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‘Mudbound’ spotlights an ongoing American crisis

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Indie director Dee Rees pens a lyric and complex indictment of race relations Photo: Left: Jason Mitchell and Right: Garrett Hedlund perform roles in “Mudbound” By T.T. Stern-Enzi For years now, the film industry has struggled with developing a release schedule that recognizes and accommodates the paradigm shift that has taken place in audience viewing […]

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‘Loving Vincent’ is an ode to creative expression

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A true merger of art and multiple forms used to transform biographical facts Photo: Vincent van Gogh and his paintings come to life in new movie ‘Loving Vincent’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Regular readers are  probably familiar with my bias against animated features. I am firmly and decidedly against the prevailing notion that we need more […]

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A charming third time

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ makes the end of the world fun Photo: Chris Hemsworth as Thor in his newest movie By T.T. Stern-Enzi From the start, I’ve had problems with how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has handled the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). The brain trust at the new comic book studio somehow dared to raise questions […]

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‘Suburbicon’ kills its pulpy roots with epic misfire

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George Clooney stirs up a hornet’s nest of racial animus for no good reason Photo: Matt Damon (left) with Noah Jupe (right) in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ By T.T. Stern Enzi Lexington, Kentucky  native and multi-hyphenate, George Clooney, (Academy Award-nominated writer and director of “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and Best Supporting Actor winner for “Syriana”, […]

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The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopic

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 Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director   Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who […]

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Stars elevate ‘The Mountain Between Us’

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Hany Abu-Assad brings this Charles Martin adult fairy tale to life Photo: Idris Elba (left) and Kate Winslet (right) survive together in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Idris Elba has not officially been dubbed Sexiest Man Alive, by People magazine, but he’s been mentioned in the hallowed company of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, […]

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‘Brad’s Status’ places white male anxiety on the wait list

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Writer-director Mike White toys with generational reflection and guilt Photo: Ben Stiller plays Brad in new ‘dramedy’ with Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams By T.T. Stern-Enzi In all honesty, during my Toronto International Film Festival screening of “Brad’s Status,” the new dramedy from actor (“School of Rock”), writer (“Chuck & Buck”), and director (“Year of […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal makes us all ‘Stronger’

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A story of triumph that’s tough as its Boston townie protagonist Photo: Jake Gyllenahaal portrays Boston Marathon bombing victum in new drama film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Over the course of the next few months, readers will be privy to my critically curated catalogue of films from the Toronto International Film Festival. This journey began during […]

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The devil in the details of “Mother!”

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Writer-director Darren Aronofsky contains the horrors of the world in one house Photo: Jennifer Lawernce plays Mother in her new film By T.T. Stern-Enzi This year’s Toronto International Film Festival has a documentary devoted to guitarist Eric Clapton (“Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars”), which I’m sadly going to be unable to see. I […]

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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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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Offers Late Summer Protection

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A perfect pairing of comedy and action Photo: Ryan Reynolds (left) and Samuel L. Jackson (right) in “The Hitmans Bodyguard” by T.T. Stern-Enzi When we first lay eyes on triple-A professional bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), he’s on top of the world; one that has gone according to his carefully scripted plan. He’s got a […]

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Aubrey Plaza Brings Sex Appeal To ‘Little Hours’

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Sex is no laughing matter to this indie queen Photo: From left to right: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci by T.T. Stern-Enzi Cassandra Wilson, on her New Moon Daughter release, sang a languidly sexy tune titled “A Little Warm Death,” which spoke of sex as a little death that we welcome in the throes of ecstasy. Teasingly […]

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‘STEP’ GIVES VOICE TO NEW DREAMS

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A Baltimore dance team shows us how movement matters Photo: Blessin Giraldo, Paula Dofat, Tayla Solomon, and Cori Grainger in “Step” by T.T. Stern-Enzi Tough, inspirational, inner-city documentaries tend to find themselves lined up alongside the 1994 Steve James film “Hoop Dreams,” which presented the lives of two Chicago teens (William Gates and Arthur Agee) […]

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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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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 […]