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Woody Allen channels Fitzgerald in ‘Cafe Society’


The director grooves comfortably in this Jazz Age tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby and Kristen Stewart as Vonnie in ‘Cafe Society’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ While known for his signature neuroses, writer-director Woody Allen has been able to couch this fixation in a world (of his own creation) that, at its […]

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No ‘Sex and the City’ clone


‘Absolutely Fabulous’ proves there are no absolutes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Rating: R; Grade: B Every once in a great while, a blind spot emerges in my seemingly all-encompassing gaze over the cultural landscape. I may not be able to watch […]

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Defining the human family through ‘The Music of Strangers’


Behind Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Silk Road musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Cristina Pato from The Music of Strangers Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Art may be the purest representation of culture. In its many forms, art captures community, history, social interaction and engagement, and civic spirit through the senses. […]

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Shes Gotta Have It—really?


Black sexuality on-screen is the new/old invisibility By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Film anniversaries keep coming, and a host of memories tag along for some wild rides. I find it hard to believe that Spike Lee’s first film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary later this summer. Lee stormed onto the […]

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What the world needs from ‘The BFG’

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.  The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

When will Steven Spielberg acknowledge kids’ maturing sensibilities? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ruby Barnhill as Sophie in Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” Rating: PG; Grade: C Earlier this year, Jeff Nichols helmed the indie release “Midnight Special,” which felt like it was inspired by the complex and emotionally rich Steven Spielberg classic family movies of old—think “Close […]

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Illuminating the ‘genius’ behind our literary geniuses


Shining the spotlight on the editor behind the curtain By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as Max Perkins in “Genius” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ Those of us in love with the written word, the idea of it springing live and full of kinetic energy from the page (and […]

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2016 summertime flings


Who should audiences crush-on at the multiplex and in the art houses? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in the day, the hip-hop poet laureate The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) summed up the mellow of the season with “summer summer summertime / time to sit back and unwind.” Truer words were never spoken, especially for those […]

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Finding a ‘Beautiful Something’ beyond the mainstream


Why it is sometimes best to have to look harder for true representations By T.T. Stern-Enzi As an African American critic (one who is starting to wonder if I am more of critic who happens to be African American or an African American who happens to be a critic), I find it fascinating how I […]

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Is there real anger in ‘The Angry Birds Movie’?


Subversive casting is the real star of new animated flick By TT Stern-Enzi Every once in a while, I start off a review with a disclosure, usually highlighting a critical blind spot of sorts that I assume might taint my perspective. And so I feel I must inform readers that, in the case of “The […]

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Critical value finds its place in ‘City of Gold’


The life of a critic explores his impact on the culture of a city By T.T. Stern-Enzi A recent spate of books on leading critical voices—AO Scott’s “Better Living Through Criticism” and Owen Gleiberman’s “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies”—has sent me down a rabbit hole of sorts, questioning and challenging the idea of what […]

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‘Minimalism’ reminds us of our place in the world


A pair of Dayton natives shows us the pathway to enlightenment By T.T. Stern-Enzi I should go on the record, stating that I found it quite difficult to provide a grade for “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” from director Matt D’Avella. As I watched the screener, I found myself all-too susceptible to the […]

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A legendary performance from beyond the screen

Prince is pictured here as Christopher Tracy in the movie "Under the Cherry Moon."

Saying goodbye to a musical icon in the context of moving frames By T.T. Stern-Enzi It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. As a film and cultural critic—and today I lean much more heavily on the cultural side of the ledger—I have to say something about the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson. I am […]

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The evolution of the black musical icon onscreen


How filmmakers and audiences approach legends By T.T. Stern-Enzi “Take if you will a picture,” isn’t that the intro to “When Doves Cry,” the song that, to my mind, kicked off the 1980s phenomenon that was Prince? The picture that he took, and that he convinced audiences to check out as well, was “Purple Rain,” […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre


Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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The mad genius of Jean-Marc Vallee


A true international indie filmmaker cracks the Hollywood code By T.T. Stern-Enzi It seems I have something in common with the producers of “Demolition,” the new film from Jean-Marc Vallee, which opens April 8 (finally). I say finally because I caught “Demolition” in September when it kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival’s 40th anniversary. […]

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‘I Saw the Light’ plays the same old tune


What’s with the continued focus on the “devil” rather than the music? By T.T. Stern-Enzi The opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival afforded me a rare opportunity. Due to the complexities of scheduling, I earned an interview with Casey Bond, one of the co-stars of the Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic “I Saw […]

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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Kansas resurrected


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