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‘Leave No Trace’ makes an indelible mark

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I’m a sucker for stories about fathers and daughters. Not in the way that the political figures seek to use the relationships for cover. I’m not one of those men who can only relate to the #MeToo because I’ve got stepdaughters. The narratives I tend to gravitate towards are those like writer-director Bo Burnham’s recent […]

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The period is now in ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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From Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X to Bamboozled, Spike Lee has always found ways to engage in stark and uncomfortable conversations about race when, for the most part, American society has barely dared to give lip service to the subject matter. We talk around it, gloss over it with broad generalities, or claim […]

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This Mission matters

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Be prepared: I will spend a great deal of time in this review eating crow. As a movie lover and critic, I’ve always been hesitant to succumb to the charming embrace of Tom Cruise. Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has certainly proven to be an eager beaver, the most avid seeker of our […]

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‘Sorry to Bother You’ aims for the whole target, and doesn’t miss

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No one can tell you anything about Sorry to Bother You, the revolutionary new debut feature from writer-director Boots Riley. As the front man of the political hip hop groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, Riley has had songs included on soundtracks to movies like Superbad and The Losers along with performing and […]

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Classics, cults, catastrophes, and Christmas

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Victoria Theatre’s Cool Film Series will kick off on Friday, July 6, with a showing of the 1950 George Cukor film “Adam’s Rib,” starring the classic comedic team of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who must face off in court. The film is the beginning of an exciting season for the annual […]

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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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Moms gone wild!

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A few years ago, we got an actual movie from Garry Marshall called “Mother’s Day”—a sentimental celebration of the great women who birthed and raised us—that failed to live up to the challenge every mother ever laid down for their progeny. The movie was little more than a homemade card scribbled on a cocktail napkin, […]

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Flying high at the movies

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The top 10 weed flicks from the past two decades On screen, the Dude (Jeff Bridges) favors White Russians, but there seems to be a 420 attitude at work, too. By T.T. Stern-Enzi The move towards the legalization of weed owes a debt of sorts to its pop cultural presence at the movies. We’ve come […]

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Shhh… it’s “A Quiet Place”

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Horror-thriller transforms the dark into an emotionally gripping place Evelyn (Emily Blunt) quiets her daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) By T.T. Stern-Enzi Families in peril tap into our most primal protective natures. We are far more likely to be drawn into the survival dynamic on display between a tight-knit nuclear unit than all of the spatial […]

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A dictator’s demise

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The satirical bite of “The Death of Stalin” The inner circle discover Stalin’s body… and hilarity ensues. By T.T. Stern-Enzi A healthy dose of cynicism is necessary when looking at the world of politics, either from a wide-lens historic framework or in the microscopic moment of what might seem to be a crisis point. We […]

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a natural wonder

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The Academy Award-winner is truly fantastic  Daniela Vega as Marina. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year, I find that somehow, no matter how carefully I plan my festival screening schedule, I wind up missing out on a gem or two in Toronto. And typically, the omissions tend to be foreign language titles. This year, I eagerly […]

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Film Culture and Everyday Nostalgia

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A refreshing look at memory and its meaning “Every Day” features Colin Ford as Xavier and Angourie Rice as Rhiannon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Disclaimer: This is not a review of either “Every Day” or “Nostalgia.” Instead, I’m responding to the need to explore what these two narratives made me think about and feel on some […]

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Not the usual heat in this “Den of Thieves”

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Entertaining, if not always wholly original, crime drama Gerard Butler in “Den of Thieves” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Power plays rule hockey, but they also dominate the outcome in the heist genre, which, in terms of film narratives, is the very definition of blood sport. Standing at the top of my all-time list is Michael Mann’s […]

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Love takes shape in “Call Me By Your Name”

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Director Luca Guadagnino captures a life-defining moment in rich detail Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer star in the slow-burn love story “Call Me By Your Name” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is no way I could begin a review of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” without owning up to my appreciation for “I […]

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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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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]