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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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A ‘Planet of the (_______)’ movie?

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Let’s take this man-versus-pets genre to the next level Photo: The ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise continues with ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ but what if the concept were expanded to pets? By T.T. Stern-Enzi OK, I can already hear you starting to argue with me over the idea of this film column. […]

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The virtual arthouse?

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Cable TV, streaming compete with the big screen, art film Photo: Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper (left) and Al Strobel as Mike return in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks By T.T. Stern-Enzi In our modern era, the true notion of prophecy has seemingly gone the way of the dinosaur (never to be resurrected as […]

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The mad passions of Eric Mahoney

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Filmmaker sets sights on revealing a forgotten musical link Photo: Natasha Kahn in ‘Madly,’ screening at The Neon July 6 By T.T. Stern-Enzi For one night only on July 6, The Neon will host a benefit screening of “Madly,” an anthology collection comprising six international shorts from an eclectic group of directors (including actress Mia […]

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‘Beatriz’ seeks to redefine privilege

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Creative team Arteta and White pen the 1st ode to the age of Trump Photo: Connie Britton as Cathy (left) and Salma Hayek as Beatriz in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi When did “privilege” become such a negative buzzword? I suppose it was always there in the definition, which speaks […]

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Human nature hides under the cover of night

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Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults explores the dark side of the soul Photo: Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis in ‘It Comes Out At Night’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi To paraphrase the Prince song “The Future” from the “Batman” soundtrack, I’ve seen the future of my 2017 top 10 list and the new Trey Edward Shults release, “It […]

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The curious mystery of Rachel Weisz

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The perfectly cast thespian owns the screen in ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Photo: Rachel Weisz as Rachel Ashley in ‘My Cousin Rachel’  Rating: PG-13; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi Daphne Du Maurier, the noted and quite popular British novelist, wrote genre fiction that has been translated to the screen several times over the years. Alfred Hitchcock adapted […]

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Time after time, Zappa makes fools ‘Eat that Question’

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A musical iconoclast honestly challenges the media and society By T.T. Stern-Enzi What the world needs now is not “love, sweet love;” instead, we would be better served with a heaping dose of bracing cynicism, an honest desire to cut through all of the bullshit and posturing based on branding and pimping ourselves for clicks […]

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Ralph Fiennes makes a surprisingly big ‘Splash’

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Quietly intense performer outshines the bright spotlight By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is a delicious thrill in watching a completely dialed-in performer tackle a truly larger than life character, one of those outsized personalities that can dominate a story, crowding out others, even the presumed protagonists. Two of the most recent instances of such glorious, attention […]

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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

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Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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‘45 Years’ measures a marriage and finds it wanting

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Does love conquer all? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Film, so rarely, takes the road less traveled. The journey I am speaking of, in this case, would be time and long-term relationships. From a narrative standpoint, filmmakers seem less likely to trust that audiences will appreciate the shorthand that develops between a couple over decades, the ability […]

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All things being equal

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Inside a classic Denzel Washington versus Liam Neeson box office match-up Photo: Liam Neeson in “A Walk Among the Toombstones.” This past weekend featured a tantalizing match-up of box office power punchers, with the debut of Denzel Washington’s first franchise starter “The Equalizer” against the second week of Liam Neeson’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” […]

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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 […]