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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 about the lives of Annie (Rose Byrne), Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), and Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). We get caught up in the everyday details of their loosely shared worlds thanks to narrative voiceover from Annie. She’s […]

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Taking pride in making no judgment

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I’ve never much liked the idea of tolerance. Who wants to be tolerated? And as a critic, I often find myself taking offense at the idea of casting judgment on the works of others. I’m not shy or retiring about offering my informed opinion about a film or the collected works of a filmmaker, but […]

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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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Tomb Raider revealed

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In search of the humanity of a videogame avatar Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander takes a new approach to the character of Lara Croft By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2001, when Angelina Jolie first assumed the title role in the Simon West adaptation of the videogame “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” she was a newly-minted Academy […]

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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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“Black Panther” is a revolution

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Ryan Coogler captures the conflicted spirit of a hero as leader Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther By T.T. Stern-Enzi Adaptation  versus  evolution, that is the question at the heart of the narrative of Marvel’s Black Panther film. Logic would seem to dictate that Ryan Coogler’s movie, which kicks off the 10th […]

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Story matters as much as kink

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“Fifty Shades Freed” learned nothing from “Damage” Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) steels herself for yet another punishment in “Fifty Shades Freed.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the beginning, it was easy to drop comparisons between the emerging “Fifty Shades” franchise and movies like Adrian Lyne’s steamy romantic drama “9-1/2 Weeks.” I was a huge fan of the […]

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Academy Awards spotlight: animated shorts

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The world of animation is not simply for children, thank goodness Animated short “Revolting Rhymes” offers a fresh take on “Little Red Riding Hood.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Did you know that, within the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the same branch determines the nominees for Best Animated Short and Best Animated Feature (as […]

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The early buzz of awards season

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2018 Spirit Awards Photo: Armie Hammer (left) and Timothee Chalamet (right) star in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, which has six Spirit nominations By T.T. Stern-Enzi For the last nine years, I have attended the Toronto International Film Festival, intent on using it as an opportunity to get ahead of the award season buzz. I […]

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Socio-political reflections from the big screen

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A pair of new releases speak to life in these trying times Photo: Left: Jigsaw from the Saw series. Right: Will Tilston as Christopher Robin and Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Reflective parallels appear  in some of the most unlikely places and faces. We have come to expect refraction, a splintering of […]

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Unexpected treats in ‘The Lunchbox’

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A soulful performance by Irrfan Khan serves as the key ingredient in this marvelous dish By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nimrat Kaur as Ila in “The Lunchbox”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Cases of mistaken identity can certainly advance a plot, but rarely do these artificially imposed manipulative elements create an organic or believable situation that approximates the […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman – ‘Be honest, and unmerciful’

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Projected memories of an actor’s actor By T.T. Stern-Enzi While I am generally not a fan of social media – I use Twitter for work-based purposes only and have refused, on principle, to ever join Facebook – I found myself appreciative of the outpouring of sentiment over the sudden and tragic loss of Academy Award-winning […]

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More than awkward: ‘That Awkward Moment’

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Two rising stars get played by the studio system game By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Effron stumble through “That Awkward Moment” ; Rating: R Grade: D Romantic comedy screenwriters want us to believe love is full of cute challenges, inconsequential moments blown out of proportion, awaiting simple, […]

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Reel genius

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The Fifth Annual 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The 2012 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival will feature “In A World …” with writer/director/star Lake Bell during the weekend of Aug. 23-25 In terms of anniversaries, the traditional symbol for the fifth year is wood. But in cinematic framework, especially when celebrating the fifth anniversary of […]

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‘Supporting Characters’ wander into center frame

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New indie DVD release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Tarik Lowe and Alex Karpovsky struggle with their roles as “Supporting Characters”; Rating: Not Rated Grade: B New York teems with life. Not just with the stars that walk the red carpet and the heroes battling mythic villains in the streets, but also clustered constellations […]

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Newlyweds

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Ed Burns Seeks to Spice Up His Career and Indie Film By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating: Not Rated Grade: B+ Rather quietly and without much of the signature fanfare that greeted the fledgling movement back in the early 1990s, indie film has continued to evolve, almost in defiance to the sense that it would simply just […]

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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 […]