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Dispelling the ‘magic in the moonlight’

Woody Allen’s latest is more of a trick than a spellbinding treat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emma Stone as Sophie and Colin Firth as Stanley in “Magic in the Moonlight”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: C+ In the poem “Marmion,” Sir Walter Scott opined, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The […]

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Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater’s finest achievement takes 12 years to document By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’ On paper, and in far lesser hands, the premise of “Boyhood” would come across as a gimmick that would never make it past the idea stage. Potential producers wouldn’t appreciate the notion of funding a decade-plus-long project that would […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ invades the Marvel universe

Comic book adaptation features a welcome addition to the ever-expanding family By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A When this seemingly crazy experiment began for Marvel Studios, the feature film […]

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‘Life Itself’

Steve James documentary celebrates Roger Ebert, a star on his way to the heavens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Roger Ebert in “Life Itself”; photo: Kevin Horan; Rating: R; Grade: A Near the start of the Steve James documentary, “Life Itself,” which tackles, as its subject, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his […]

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Enjoying an international film festival

Portrait of a film critic as a mere spectator in the crowd By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mathieu Amalric and Lea Drucker in “The Blue Room” After four years of attending the festival screening orgy that is the Toronto International Film Festival – which I’m eagerly anticipating returning to once again in September (for you … remember, […]

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A lesson in animal liberation

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ puts humanity to the test By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jason Clarke as Malcolm in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Peter Singer, a modern philosopher who engages moral tenets head-on in practical living, penned a classic tome, “Animal Liberation” that has become a challenging examination of the ways […]

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Is Jo Nebsø Scandinavian fiction’s Elmore Leonard?

Adaptation of ‘Jackpot’ hangs out among the riff raff By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Henrik Mestad as Solør and Arthur Berning as Billy Utomjordet in “Jackpot”; Rating: R, Grade: B- I’ve spent the last few years investigating a specific niche subset of the criminal underworld: the seedy realm of Scandinavian crime fiction. It is much more distinct […]

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A re-invigorated ‘Chef’ concocts an inspired treat

Multi-hyphenate Jon Favreau flees the Hollywood test kitchen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara in “Chef”; Rating: R, Grade: A It doesn’t take long for a talented upstart to settle into a comfortable groove, right? Not many of us know about this from experience, but the stories abound across disciplines. […]

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The never-ending scandal of race in society

Comparing “Belle” to the black athletes of today By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle in “Belle” When is a story about slavery not a slave story? And how is it current media still finds itself mired in coverage of stories about slavery, the same old black and white dynamic, that everyone […]

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Living in ‘God’s Pocket’ isn’t easy

The story of a neighborhood where everybody knows more than your name By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Turturro as “Bird” and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey in “God’s Pocket”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ The first “read” of “God’s Pocket,” the feature-film directing debut of actor John Slattery (best known for his Emmy-nominated work on the television […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]