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The true subject of ‘The Lady in the Van’

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How a writer found himself in his interactions with someone else By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van;” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ As a writer-critic, I embark on this examination of the new release from Nicholas Hytner (“The History Boys”), produced from a script by Alan Bennett, […]

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‘Where to Invade Next’ exposes glaring American Flaws

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Documentarian Michael Moore makes his strongest case yet By T.T. Stern-Enzi Taking back the country and making America great again have been slogans and talking points throughout the Obama Presidency. There’s this deeply ingrained sense that the first black president has somehow steered the country off course, down a dangerous pathway that is completely antithetical […]

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Everybody wants ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

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The third time is definitely the real rock ’em, sock ’em charm By T.T. Stern-Enzi What’s an awesome kung fu warrior to do once he has fended off the greatest threats to his crown and kingdom? Settle in for a little rest and relaxation, right? Well, maybe not. Especially if we’re talking about the adorable […]

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‘Anomalisa’ finds life in ordinary clay

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Filmmakers use stop-motion animation to reveal hidden reservoirs of emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis, arrives in Cincinnati to take part in a conference. He is the author of a bestselling book on successful customer service practices, techniques that work based on their ability to help practitioners focus on establishing strong […]

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Without you

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Remembering David Bowie and Alan Rickman By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: David Bowie in “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” (above) It might seem weirdly sacrilegious, in honoring the eclectic and alternative genius of David Bowie to focus on a track from Let’s Dance, his hugely successful 1983 release. Stranger still, for a film critic to do so, even […]

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What ‘Carol’ teaches us about the look of love

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When a gaze is more than a gaze By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett star in “Carol” Early on in the Todd Haynes adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt” (later re-christened in honor of its lead character), when the highly charged meeting between the older Carol Aird (Cate […]

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Art house preview

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Small gems on the horizon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman stars in “Jane Got a Gun,” in theatres this February As soon as the ball dropped in Times Square, I (and every critic with a print outlet, blog or podcast) began thinking about what the year might have in store for film fans, once […]

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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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Definition of a woman: Alicia Vikander from ‘The Danish Girl’

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The double Golden Globe nominee talks about womanhood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl” One of the undeniable benefits of covering film—far outstripping the idea of watching hundreds of movies per year—is having the chance to engage in conversations with film professionals. It is an honor I refuse […]

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Lost ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Ron Howard valiantly strives to stay afloat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2013, during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, I settled upon a unique double feature, an intriguing two-fer from Ron Howard. The far more highly buzzed of the two films was “Rush,” his biopic examination of the relationship between James […]

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Being like Michael B. Jordan

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A rising star battles past stumbling blocks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson in “Creed” Michael B. Jordan’s meteoric rise to fame has been quite charmed. Early on, he caught the attention of Bill Cosby (not exactly a calling card currently, but let’s not be prisoners of the moment) and earned […]

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The critical turkeys of 2015

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Taking a decidedly subjective look back at the miscues of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin James in “Mall Cop 2” Typically, I would rather not focus on the negative and problematic films of any given year for practical reasons. During the course of an average year, I watch close to 300 movies in […]

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An immigrant finds a new home in ‘Brooklyn’

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John Crowley’s film sings a lovely immigrant song By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis in “Brooklyn”; Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Cornel West, in the introduction to “The Cornel West Reader,” reminds us that what it means to be American—the heart of the American Dream—is an embrace of the right to “self-create,” to […]

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Understanding ‘Suffragette’ better through song

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Appreciating messages in other times and beats By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts in “Suffragette”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Following the preview audience screening of “Suffragette” I attended, I found myself driving around town, between appointments with an iTunes playlist cued to shuffle, and two songs that on the surface would seem […]

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Not much to miss from ‘Miss You Already’

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Drama bludgeons audiences with the C-word By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Drew Barrymore as Jess and Toni Collette as Milly in “Miss You Already” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D+ Lifelong best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), have been co-stars in a long-running saga—The Milly Affair—which has been a Sex and the City inspired account […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ in three tough acts

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There is genius in front of the cameras, behind the scenes of Danny Boyle’s latest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in “Steve Jobs”; Rating: R Grade: A Just two years ago, director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and newbie screenwriter Matt Whiteley dove headlong into a rather conventional biopic on Apple […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]