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Learning humanity from the animals

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For most of his career, I have had a begrudging respect for the fastidious aesthetic of Wes Anderson. There is an undeniable craft on display in every single frame he composes that is meticulous and filled with obvious wit. His films live and breathe in the minute, carefully orchestrated details of the somewhat hermetically sealed […]

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Knowing your place

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Only recently have critics and audiences begun to focus on discrepancies in inclusion, both from the perspective of characters and themes, in filmmaking oeuvres, and largely the main target has sought to address gender inequality. We’ve spoken broadly about race, in particular the black-white dynamic, and made pointed efforts to signal a desire to avoid […]

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The finite limits of a cinematic comic book war

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Marvel’s big bad is here and the Avengers are everywhere else Avengers: Infinity War (L-R) Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Benedict Wong. By T.T. Stern-Enzi The universe is a mess. That’s not exactly how Disney/Marvel would like for critics to start off reviews of their latest franchise tentpole “Avengers: Infinity War,” but […]

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Confidence Game

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Female insecurity is more than skin deep in “I Feel Pretty” Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, and Amy Schumer (L-R) in “I Feel Pretty” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There’s a pretty simple reading of the new Amy Schumer movie from writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (the writing duo behind “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not […]

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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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She’s no Madea…

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The mini-mogul’s not laughing in “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony” Taraji P. Henson tells Lyriq Bent how it’s gonna be By T.T. Stern-Enzi Tyler Perry’s improbable career has been based on a step-by-step process, a seemingly carefully orchestrated implementation of a plan to master and command the narrative feature format. He began writing a series of stage […]

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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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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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Screen 3/6: The Party to end all parties

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Sally Potter refashions “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a new darkly hip age The party animals (Top L-R) Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones (Bottom L-R) Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, and Bruno Ganz By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the Mike Nichols classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George (Richard Burton) and Martha […]

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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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Will Toronto looking glass provide an Oscar sneak peek?

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Your friendly neighborhood critical prognosticator heads north in search of gold Photo: Emma Stone (left) and Steve Carell (right) in “Battle of the Sexes” By T.T. Stern-Enzi During last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), I saw “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land,” and “Moonlight,” which went on to snag seven of the top […]

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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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‘All Eyez’ tries to see too much

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The life of Tupac Shakur could have meant so much more in focus photo: Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez On Me’  Rating: R; Grade: C- By T.T. Stern-Enzi A sense of inevitability looms over Benny Boom’s account of the life of Tupac Shakur. Just last summer in “Straight Outta Compton,” director […]

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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 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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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

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? […]