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Multiple mirages: “Mirage Men” and “Home”

Two new DVD/VOD releases confront audiences with intriguing questions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Gbenga Akinnagbe as Jack and Judah Bellamy as John in “Home” Do you believe in UFOs? As a kid who grew up in the 1980s, that question ranks up there with whether or not you believe in spontaneous human combustion – […]

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Original take on the hereafter: ‘The Returned’

French series explores the impact of the return of the dead By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to] Frédéric Pierrot and Pierre Perrier in the French series, “The Returned” The found footage phenomenon, kicked off with the seemingly now forgotten “The Blair Witch Project” back in 1999 and steamrolling along thanks to the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, has […]

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A day in ‘The Waiting Room’

Documentary finds teeming humanity in community hospital emergency room By T.T. Stern-Enzi  Photo: Medical professionals and patients struggle with the health care system in the documentary “The Waiting Room”; Rating: Not Rated Grade: A Talk about timing being everything. Director Peter Nicks’ new documentary “The Waiting Room” premiered theatrically in September of 2012. The film won the […]

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The lesson learned from ‘The English Teacher’

The artistic life as an episode of a cable dramedy with little consequence By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Photo: Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear struggle with small town artistry in “The English Teacher”; Rating: R Grade: D Director Craig Zisk has the equivalent of a Ph.D. in TV, with a post-graduate feature film project capping off his […]

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‘Supporting Characters’ wander into center frame

New indie DVD release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Tarik Lowe and Alex Karpovsky struggle with their roles as “Supporting Characters”; Rating: Not Rated Grade: B New York teems with life. Not just with the stars that walk the red carpet and the heroes battling mythic villains in the streets, but also clustered constellations […]

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The moments of “Conception”

Serialized vignettes explore couples on the verge of making babies Grade: B The pitch for “Conception,” a slightly skewed romantic comedy from writer-director Josh Stolberg (screenwriter on “Good Luck Chuck” & “Sorority Row”), probably reminded some of the gatekeepers that heard it of would-be mainstream crowd-pleasers like “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve,” the broad […]

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Assembling the Best and Most Exotic Team

John Madden’s Super-Group Retires to India By T.T. Stern-Enzi Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel imagines a final adventure for a group of English men and women, one last hurrah where they can get away from the familiar day-to-day they’ve come to know all too well or busy […]

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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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The killers inside the television

Opportunities to root for the killers and those in touch with their sensibilities By T.T. Stern-Enzi What has Jim Thompson wrought? One of the best writers in the crime genre published “The Killer Inside Me” in 1952, and the book became an underground classic. The protagonist, Lou Ford, was a small town Texas deputy sheriff […]

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Tron & Tron: Legacy (Blu-Ray + DVD edition)

Disney fires up the old hard drive with this original and sequel combo By T.T. Stern-Enzi As a casual geek from back in the day, my memories of the Tron experience revolved around the game more so than the movie, a surprising fact for a film critic to admit, but I’m willing to take my […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]