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Taking pride in a few reflective poses

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Seeing and being seen is what it’s all about Photo: Laura Spencer as Carrie (left) and Velinda Godfrey as Lauren in ‘Heartland’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Sometimes, breaking news turns out to be a cheap and exploitative tease to garner attention. Often, what is hyped as breaking and up-to-the-minute is a glaringly obvious fact to anyone […]

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The teasing discovery of ‘Handsome Devil’

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When will boys finally allowed to be boys? Photo: Fionn O’Shea as Ned (left) and Nicholas Galitzine as Conor in ‘Handsome Devil,’ screening at The Neon May 31 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every school—public or private, in the U.S. or comparable settings abroad—has students like Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine). Ned is the awkwardly […]

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‘Everything, Everything’ fails to make us believe

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Romantic drama lacks powerful, grounding fantasy elements By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Amandla Stenberg as Maddy in her hermetically sealed home from ‘Everything, Everything,’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D- There is a line between fantasy and make believe, not quite what you could call all that “fine” a distinction, either. Fantasy requires an investment, a whole-hearted […]

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Enduring the rancor of ‘The Dinner’

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Writer-director Oren Moverman assaults our sensibilities with ideological posturing Photo: (l-r) Steve Coogan as Paul, Laura Linney as Claire, Richard Gere as Stan, and Rebecca Hall as Kate in ‘The Dinner’ Rating: R; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi “The Dinner” challenges assumed political and cultural sensibilities, presenting a progressive history teacher named Paul Lohman (Steve Coogan) […]

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Wartime brings out ‘Their Finest’ to rally the home front

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Period romantic drama employs deft humor to tip the scales By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole (left) and Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard in ‘Their Finest’ Rating: R; Grade: B Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has been an international festival darling for most of her career, racing out of the gate with her […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival

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The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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High times and personal lows define ‘Colossal’

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The rampaging monster as an avatar for what becomes of the broken-hearted By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anne Hathaway as Gloria in ‘Colossal’ Rating: R; Grade: B What’s with all of the hate heaped on Anne Hathaway? My inquiring mind needs to know what the hell is going on. I mean, she’s an Academy Award-winning actress […]

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Kristen Stewart sells horror in ‘Personal Shopper’

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Director Olivier Assayas finds a new muse Photo: Kristen Stewart as Maureen in ‘Personal Shopper’ Rating: R; Grade: B+   Horror, as a genre, has undergone a series of fairly rapid changes over the last decade. Thankfully, we’ve seen a transition away from the excesses of torture porn—the final nail in that coffin may have come […]

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Captured color

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A ‘Contemporary’ discussion with documentarian Turner Ross By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Documentarian Turner Ross captures the vibrant performances of color guard teams across America in ‘Contemporary Colors’ There are certain cultural activities that seem to speak to and represent regional or group-specific values. Drumlines, step teams, and cheerleading come to mind, and these activities also […]

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The importance of watching ‘The Last Word’

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Director Mark Pellington makes watching an active and vital function By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Amanda Seyfried as Anne, Shirley MacLaine as Harriet, and AnnJewel Lee Dixon as Brenda in ‘The Last Word’ Rating: R; Grade: B-     Movies are a visual medium, but rarely do they focus on the acting of watching and […]

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Surviving ‘The Belko Experiment’

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ helmer James Gunn dips his quill in blood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Gallagher Jr. as Mike Milch in ‘The Belko Experiment’ Grade: R; Rating: B+ I take notes during screenings. It is part of a creative and critical exercise, allowing me to document impressions that, truth be told, I rarely […]

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In ‘Kedi,’ cats inspire new levels of humanity

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Watch the culture of Istanbul through feline devotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gamsiz, or ‘The Player,’ one of Istanbul’s featured cats in ‘Kedi’ Rating: Unrated; Grade: A   Every so often, I feel the need to make disclosures at the start of reviews, to own up to personal biases that might skew my takes on […]

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Best supporting weekend

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From comic book action to quirky indie dramedy, Stephen Merchant does it all By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Stephen Merchant as Caliban in ‘Logan’ ‘invests him with a degree of yearning and frustration fitting to both the dark world and his circumstances’ The big box office news from the past weekend focused on the major league […]

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‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Mean Girls’

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‘Before I Fall’ slogs through a never-ending day of life lessons By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston in ‘Before I Fall’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is the wannabe mean girl in the cool crowd who has to work the hardest simply to create the kind of persona […]

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Feeling the (Film Independent) Spirit Awards

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Assessing the independent alternative to the Oscars By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Alex R. Hibbert as Little and Mahershala Ali as Juan in ‘Moonlight’ I have always been a sucker for the freewheeling and free-spirited appeal of the Film Independent Spirits Awards. What’s not to love? Instead of the grand presentation full of glitz and […]

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The second time around

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A pair of contrasting sequels highlights the challenges of returning to the familiar By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Riccardo Scamarcio as Santino D’Antonio (left) and Ruby Rose as Ares in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ The current industry preoccupation with sequels, remakes, and reboots, from a narrative standpoint, is all about returning to the scene of the […]

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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? […]