Tag Archives: on screen

Multiple mirages: “Mirage Men” and “Home”

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Two new DVD/VOD releases confront audiences with intriguing questions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Gbenga Akinnagbe as Jack and Judah Bellamy as John in “Home” Do you believe in UFOs? As a kid who grew up in the 1980s, that question ranks up there with whether or not you believe in spontaneous human combustion – […]

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Original take on the hereafter: ‘The Returned’

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French series explores the impact of the return of the dead By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to] Frédéric Pierrot and Pierre Perrier in the French series, “The Returned” The found footage phenomenon, kicked off with the seemingly now forgotten “The Blair Witch Project” back in 1999 and steamrolling along thanks to the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, has […]

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‘The Invisible Woman’ creeps among the shadows

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Ralph Fiennes captures the scandalous love affair of Charles Dickens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Invisible Woman”; Rating: R Grade: B Remember the first time we saw Ralph Fiennes? For most of us, it was in “Schindler’s List” as Amon Goeth, the concentration camp commandant who […]

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The virtue of ‘The Patience Stone’

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The mythic and the modern collide in this Middle Eastern tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: [l to r] Golshifteh Farahani and Hamid Djavadan struggle with identity in “The Patience Stone”; Rating: R Grade: A- The mythology of America lacks a spiritual or metaphysical component, separate and distinct from religion. America is a country of immigrants, each […]

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Wading into ‘Pacific Rim’

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Guillermo del Toro plays with robots and monsters on a large scale By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo by: The battle for Earth rages on the high seas in “Pacific Rim”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B- There’s a lot more than meets the eye in Guillermo del Toro’s robot-monster mash-up “Pacific Rim.” We’re told from the start in voiceover […]

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A crazy little thing

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New film opens at Neon next weekend By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Pierce Brosnan [far left] and Trine Dyrholm [second from right] look for new beginnings in “Love is All You Need”; Rated: R Grade: B+ Danish director Susanne Bier seems to be incrementally easing off the dramatic gas with each new release. She began attracting attention […]

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The daring “Girls” return game

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Lena Dunham steps further outside her already uncomfortable zone  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rarely do I feel the need to follow-up a review or feature as directly as I will this week. The dialogue on race, which began with “Django Unchained” last week, demands further exploration, although with the gaze turned now to the small screen, […]

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Searching for the heart and soul, so long ignored

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Musical documentary “Sugar Man” unearths a real treasure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In what should be an iconic image, we see Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a folk singer who recorded his first single “I’ll Slip Away” back in 1967, strolling along with his guitar case strapped across his back. His long, dark hair […]

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The moments of “Conception”

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Serialized vignettes explore couples on the verge of making babies Grade: B The pitch for “Conception,” a slightly skewed romantic comedy from writer-director Josh Stolberg (screenwriter on “Good Luck Chuck” & “Sorority Row”), probably reminded some of the gatekeepers that heard it of would-be mainstream crowd-pleasers like “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve,” the broad […]

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LGBT Film Festival turns seven

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The festival continues to promote and celebrate film and community By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the Downtown Dayton LGBT community prepares to present its seventh annual film festival – Sept. 28-30 – with screenings at The Neon, I had one overarching question – with an obvious follow-up – for festival director, Jonathan McNeal. I wondered what […]

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Where the frames take me

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Your friendly neighborhood critic previews the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Filmmakers take viewers on journeys, rendering the fantastic with startling specificity and introducing audiences to characters beyond the scope of their collective experiences and to faraway places they might never consider for the routine (and typically affordable) family excursion. Eager armchair […]

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Seeking the answers in our hearts

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“Where Do We Go Now?” seeks to resolve an eternal conflict By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- In a remote Lebanese village (hard to believe that such out of the way places actually exist), Christians and Muslims live together, side by side, working and entertaining themselves, as a community that is as close as […]

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Little Miss Ruby Sparks

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First-time screenwriter Zoe Kazan writes and leaps off the page and the screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: A- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) tag-team with writer and co-star Zoe Kazan to tell the incredible story of Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), a young author who finds himself struggling to complete the […]

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Believe in the oddity of this wonderful life

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Writer-director of “Dan in Real Life” makes a wish come true By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: B+ Film is all about making us believe in the magic, the fantasies we have to leave behind once we come of age and settle into adulthood. To step into a darkened theater though, if only for a […]

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The ties that bind

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Sentimental buddy comedy reveals our common humanity By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: B+ Inspired by the true story of Abdel Sellou’s memoir “You Changed My Life,” “The Intouchables” dramatizes the unlikely relationship that develops between Driss (Omar Sy), an African immigrant living in the ghettos of Paris, and Philippe (François Cluzet), an aristocratic quadriplegic […]

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TWC On Demand: A sad and intimate dance

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With “Take This Waltz”, Sarah Polley focuses again on a woman on the verge Rating: R Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi A slow week at area theaters will send you scurrying to all corners for any fleeting sign of life and when you wish for more than just the promise of an escape from 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 […]