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TIFF Spotlight: Father’s Day in Scandinavian films

Fathers muddle through a couple of festival entries By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Andreas in “A Second Chance”; photo: Henrik Petit For the last couple of years, I have indulged in a fascination with Scandinavian crime fiction, both on the page and on screens – large and small. I’ve marveled at and championed […]

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Sounds Of My Voice

Is This What the Arrival of a New Voice and Presence Sounds Like? Rating: R Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi I have a question for Greta Gerwig, the odd naturalistic beauty who has bounded out of the Mumblecore underworld into the bright and glaring lights of mainstream attention. Hey, Greta – and I want to […]

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The Avengers: Some Assembly Required

Has Joss Whedon Put Avengers Together for Our times? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 1963, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby probably didn’t have as much trouble creating Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Hollywood has had in bringing these super duper dudes (and one dark and mysterious dudette) to the screen. There have been two very different […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Can a Child Bully a Parent? Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi We need to talk about Tilda Swinton. I think when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Michael Clayton, a conversation began. We began to consider her particular brand of genius as a form that we could no longer ignore. And […]

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The Raid: Redemption

An Unadulterated Shot (A Stab, Kick and Punch) to The Heart of Action Fans By T.T. Stern-Enzi Midnight Madness swept the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the clear winners were the audiences who saw The Raid: Redemption, the martial arts actioner from writer-director Gareth Evans. The Raid introduces Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie […]

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The Duplass Brothers Invite Notable Friends to Their Cinematic Home By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B See here, Jeff (Jason Segel), indeed lives at home with his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon). He’s smoking weed and wallowing in a state of ennui. That’s just a fancy way of saying that he’s slacking his way through […]

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Jumping from Box to Box

Discussing 21 Jump Street and a Pair of New Releases By T.T. Stern-Enzi The advance buzz on the adaptation of 21 Jump Street left something to be desired. Months away from the movie’s release, moviegoers and critics alike expressed real trepidation. Would Channing Tatum’s bland blockheaded good looks bring in the ladies? What about the […]

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Considering the Irish, In Film

Spend St. Patrick’s Day With a Few of These Lucky Charms By T.T. Stern-Enzi The spirit of the Irish diaspora comes alive with the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Festivities include hearty parades and the copious consumption of green beer and food (with special Lenten dispensations for those who gave up particular treats or […]

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Talking About Friends, Kids & Production

Kentucky Native Joey McFarland Helps Bring this Baby to The Screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) take notes as the arrival of children seems to rip the romance out of the relationships of their coupled friends, the ever-horny Ben (Jon Hamm) & Missy (Kristen Wiig) and the humorously rock-solid Leslie […]

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A Separation

Iranian Film Separates Melodrama from the Complex Realities of Life Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In an awards season when we celebrate the idea of George Clooney playing a beleaguered father/husband/family trustee who discovers that his comatose wife has been having an affair, while also juggling a monumental decision about the land rights to his family’s […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]