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‘Say Yes’: Recent ‘Lessons in Love’ from the movies

A three-week survey of love and sex at the start of 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” With all apologies to both Floetry and Level 42 (the musical acts whose song titles inspired the title of this feature), […]

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‘Mr. Turner’ bears his artistic soul

Filmmaker offers an appreciation of an artist much like himself By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Marion Bailey as Sophia Booth and Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner” In the current world of British cinema, there is likely no greater practitioner of the art form than Mike Leigh. Over the years, he has fine-tuned a […]

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Capturing beauty under the gun in ‘Timbuktu’

A lyric narrative examines the impact of Jihadists in Mali By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Toulou Kiki as Satima, Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino as Kidane and Layla Walet Mohamed as Toya in “Timbuktu”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A In the West, we cannot fathom what it is like to live life under the constant presence of oppression, […]

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Films trigger critical family discussions

Movie talk on the home front is bigger than awards chatter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: J. K. Simmons as Fletcher in “Whiplash” One of the many great blessings of my job, that I never take for granted, revolves around the power of film to inspire insightful and rigorous debate, which begins and ends close to […]

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‘Two days, one night’ to fight for your livelihood

The Dardennes capture a desperate, and startlingly human dilemma By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Marion Cotillard as Sandra in “Two Days, One Night”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- The promise of drama is tension and conflict, but we tend to inflate drama with premises that lose any sense of relatable human connection. We long for the impossible […]

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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

Mike Binder and Kevin Costner engage in tough talk By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jillian Estell as Eloise and Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson in “Black or White”; Rating: R, Grade: C- What we’re talking about when we talk about race depends on our individual perspectives, but it is not the talking that matters. What truly […]

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I dream of Sundance

What might be hot and buzz worthy at Indie kickoff of 2015? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Still from “How to Dance in Ohio,” directed by Alexandra Shiva I’ve caught a serious case of the film festival bug and I’m not sure how to get over it. Last year, being able to add the Munich Film […]

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Inside the demented mind of ‘Foxcatcher’

Bennett Miller drags audiences into the dark recesses of excessive delusion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Steve Carrel and Channing Tatum in “Foxcatcher”; Rating: R, Grade: BPage History is littered with peculiar characters, those on the far margins of what might even be considered the abnormal element of society. “Littered” might be too strong a term, […]

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Who wants to be the next Matthew McConaughey?

On the lookout for the next great Hollywood career-revival story By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” A degree of finality set in when Matthew McConaughey took the stage to claim the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Performance for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The […]

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What’s the plural of Channing Tatum?

Imagine a world of Channing Tatum clones unleashed By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: If Hollywood created a legion of Channing Tatums, would the “Magic Mike” Channing always be shirtless? I love the idea of the BBC series, Orphan Black, with its speculative science fiction premise of a situation where human cloning exists, somehow operating on a […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]