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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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‘It Follows’ roams in the backstreets of fear

Horror genre gets an ingenious moral kink in new release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Maika Monroe as Jay in “It Follows”; Rating: R, Grade: A- Following (pun intended) on the heels of writer-director Jennifer Kent’s mesmerizing horror re-invention “The Babadook,” comes another relative multi-hyphenate newbie David Robert Mitchell with his sly take on the unrelenting […]

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Stepping out of ‘The Shadows,’ still in the dark

Faux vampire documentary explores contemporary plight of late-night lifers By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Taika Waititi as Viago in “What We Do In The Shadows”; Rating: NR, Grade: B+ Do the undead truly love contemporary life? This certainly seems to be a cultural moment for creatures of the night. Zombies (“The Walking Dead” and its upcoming […]

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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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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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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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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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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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‘The Homesman’: Women heading back East

No home on the mythic Western range for these women By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ An extra film festival, especially a European film gala with the prestige of Munich (one of the international Sister Cities of Cincinnati), affords a Midwestern critic like myself […]

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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]