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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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All is lost when security becomes political

The intersection of “Rosewater” and “Citizenfour” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Edward Snowden in “Citizenfour” Election Day 2014 has come and gone, but the issues, the ones that are never truly addressed through the electoral process or during the all-too-brief legislative interludes that punctuate the big money/big game campaigns that have replaced actual governance, stubbornly remain. […]

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Honor thy parents: ‘Beyond The Lights’

What happens when children dare to go their own way? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in “Beyond the Lights” Gina Prince-Bythewood solidified her reputation in Hollywood right off the bat with her debut feature, the 2000 hit “Love & Basketball,” a surprisingly adult examination of love and romance and the games people […]

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‘Harlem Street Singer’ maintains blues and his soul

A loving portrait of a blues master from the perspective of his disciples By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Harlem Street Singer” will show at The Neon at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12; Rating: PG, Grade: A Within a matter of moments, “Harlem Street Singer,” the Simeon Hutner and Trevor Laurence-directed documentary devoted to revealing the musical life […]

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‘Laggies’ ambles along toward adulthood

Lynn Shelton shrinks away from the brighter indie lights By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Keira Knightley as Megan in “Laggies”; Rating: R, Grade: B- Film festivals can make or break a film. So much rides on these artificially designed screenings, especially for independent titles – which is why the choice of festivals matters. First time out with […]

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To be truly awake

Documentary explores the life of an influential yogi who came to the West By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paramahansa Yogananda, the subject of “Awake: The Life of Yogananda”; Rating: PG, Grade: A Spiritual lessons come from a variety of sources. Quite possibly, the one truth is that we must simply be open to whatever form or practice […]

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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 […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]