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‘Coming Home’ is a somber affair

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Zhang Yimou looks at the personal impact of cultural revolutions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Daoming Chen as Lu Yanshi and Li Gong as Feng Wanyu in “Coming Home”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: C Zhang Yimou’s name and reputation have been well established in his graceful epics (“Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”) that blend sweeping yet […]

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The intimacy of the Big Lens Film Festival

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Student film festival showcases polished gems By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nathan Robert Pecchia and Kate Mueller at the Drake Motel in Springfield, Ohio—a still from the film “Noia” Each year Wright State University’s Motion Picture program, an award-winning department and a crown jewel in Midwest film industry, shines a spotlight on a set of new […]

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Bridging the gap: Adriana Trigiani writes for adults

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Long-time writer adapts her own work for the big screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adriana Trigiani, the storyteller behind “Big Stone Gap”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ You can always tell when you, as a viewer or reader, are in the company of a great storyteller. It starts immediately, with the warmth of the voice, the […]

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‘The Martian’ keeps hope alive miles from home

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Ridley Scott uses science as a lifeline in the service of inspiring fiction By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Matt Damon as Mark Watney in “The Martian”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: A Watching Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Martian,” I found my thoughts straying, oddly enough, to the late great Yogi Berra and one of his treasured witticisms—“it’s […]

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At home in the arthouse

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Regional double-feature speaks to, and for, adult audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” A couple of months ago, my wife and I, in search of a new Netflix series to binge-watch together, settled on Grace and Frankie, a mismatched buddy dramedy about two women […]

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At home in the arthouse

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Regional double-feature speaks to, and for, adult audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” A couple of months ago, my wife and I, in search of a new Netflix series to binge-watch together, settled on Grace and Frankie, a mismatched buddy dramedy about two women […]

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Depp is strictly criminal in ‘Black Mass’

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The Scott Cooper feature announces the return of the actor By: T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch as Billy Bulger and Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass”; Rating: R, Grade: A As part of my apparel choices for the Toronto International Film Festival, I decided to bring a peculiar piece of studio swag—the […]

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The Toronto International Film Festival at 40

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Getting better with age By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in “Born to be Blue” I have to admit that I’m a sucker for symmetry and my association with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is rife with coincidental parallels. As I enter the home stretch of my preparation for a week […]

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MUBI: The Stay-at-Home film festival

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A new online theater experience for the hungry couch cineastes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kate Lyn Sheil as Crystal and AJ Bowen as Highway Angel in “Sun Don’t Shine” What happens when the revolution is no longer revolutionary, when the heat is not stoked to a fever pitch? We can always continue to feed the […]

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Celebrating a local screen outlaw

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The secret history of a local filmmaker and the region By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Victor Bonacore and Jim Vanbebber scout an alligator farm for Vanbebber’s new directorial effort, “Gator Green” photo: Scott Gabbey This week, The Neon plays host to the world premiere of “Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Van Bebber.” The […]

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‘Actor For Hire’ seeks a career-defining opportunity

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Festival entry examines the meta-drama behind the scenes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Actor for Hire” starring Jesse O’Neill [center] is the first independent film by writer-director Marcus Mizelle The acting class is a niche populated by segmented categories from across the social and cultural strata, although, intriguingly, every member desires to breakout by figuring out […]

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A ‘fantastic’ failure

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Who would have guessed this reboot could be worse? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jamie Bell as The Thing, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards and and Kate mara as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four” ; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D- Following the less than stellar box office results of Tim Story’s […]

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Signs of the ‘Rogue Nation’ in real life

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What happens when the truth starts to match the fantasy? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: C I caught myself slightly glazing over during the latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” series. And apparently, I wasn’t alone because going into the weekend, I […]

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One miscue on the path to glory

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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‘Mr. Holmes’ ties up loose ends

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Director Bill Condon lets the detective set his story straight By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes”; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective. In recent years, I made forays into the literary detective genre, but I have done […]

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Amy Schumer avoids a major crash in ‘Trainwreck’

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From stand-up to television to film, this comic rides her own bullet train By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Amy Schumer as Amy and Bill Hader as Aaron in “Trainwreck”; Rating: R, Grade: A Amy Schumer is on the fastest of the fast tracks. The successful stand-up comedienne made the transition from the stage of comedy clubs […]

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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 […]