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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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Class warfare in the heat of the summer

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Messages in ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Purge: Anarchy” hit theaters June 20, 2014 Back in the day, when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five gave us the following opening in their classic, “The Message”: “It’s like a jungle sometimes/it makes me wonder how I keep from going under,” they were […]

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Re-staging ‘Jersey Boys’ for the screen

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Clint Eastwood favors words and motion without sacrificing the music By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys”: Rating: PG-13; Grade: B Clint Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He […]

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No ‘fault’ for a pair of doomed star-crossed lovers

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New ‘love story’ update gambles by doubling down on the terminal illness angle By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in “The Fault in Our Stars”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B- “The Fault in Our Stars” by young adult fiction author and Indianapolis, Ind. native John Green gets adapted here […]

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To be black, gay and proud in mainstream cinema

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How long before we see characters who happen to be black and gay on the regular? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola in “Kinky Boots” The world needs more ensemble dramas or dramatic comedies like “The Family Stone” or bold cinematic kaleidoscopes like Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “Romeo + Juliet” to showcase the […]

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The winners and losers of ‘Draft Day’

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Ivan Reitman’s sports drama almost becomes a big joke By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver, Jr. in “Draft Day”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D+ Talk about Fantasy Football. “Draft Day,” the new movie from director Ivan Reitman – from the comedic heights of “Ghostbusters” to the rom-com depths of “No Strings Attached” – seems […]

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]