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Revenge of ‘The Dressmaker’

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Australian tale stitches together offbeat humor and quirky comeuppance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kate Winslet as Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage in ‘The Dressmaker’ Rating: R; Grade: B+ Is there a more classic, dare I say “iconic,” figure in film today than Kate Winslet? If you need proof, look no further than the opening scene of “The […]

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Celebration, continued

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Dayton LGBT Film Festival kicks off a second decade By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kiki Layne as Olivia (right) falls for Imani in Janaya Greene’s short film ‘Veracity,’ directed by Seith Mann Based on the advance word found on the festival website, the vibe at the 11th annual Dayton LGBT Film Festival will be raucous. With […]

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Sinking into the mire of ‘Deepwater Horizon’

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Explosive action alone cannot tell the tale of historic catastrophe by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams in ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D+   The story is true, and should be fairly well-known to most, because it made headlines and dominated the news cycle back in April of 2010, when an explosion […]

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Focus on ‘Snowden’ grounds the mercurial Stone

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A measured and damned near mild-mannered Oliver Stone pic By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in ‘Snowden’ Rating: R; Grade: B- With the arrival of the third day of the Toronto International Film Festival, I prepared myself for a trio of films tackling crucial periods in American history. Added to the daunting […]

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Laughing local

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The Levinson bros. at Dayton Music Art and Film Fest By Amanda Dee Photo: Comedians and Dayton natives Stephen (left) and Joel Levinson host the DMAFF film event; photo: Jennifer Taylor Sometimes daddy issues can destroy a man’s sense of masculinity, but Joel and Stephen Levinson decided instead to run with that insecurity and hide right […]

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A Wall Street woman seeks ‘Equity’

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A lack of human capital limits real narrative gains By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop in ‘Equity’ Rating: R; Grade: C+ The old adage warns us that time is money, and in large part, that holds true. Fortunes can rise and fall in a matter of seconds, and films devoted to the […]

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Kicking off the highly politicized black film debate

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This fall, film seeks to peer into the souls of black folks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in ‘Southside With You’ For those unfamiliar with the complexities behind the production and release schedules of films, this fall will appear like a concerted effort by Hollywood to address the damning concerns raised […]

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Trying not to go under come ‘Hell or High Water’

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A timely thriller with real human and political stakes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ben Foster as Tanner Howard and Chris Pine as Toby Howard in ‘Hell or High Water’  Rating: R; Grade: A Taylor Sheridan scratched his way through the film industry as an actor with roles in host of television shows like NYPD Blue and […]

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Woody Allen channels Fitzgerald in ‘Cafe Society’

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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

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‘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’

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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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? […]