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The mad genius of Jean-Marc Vallee

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A true international indie filmmaker cracks the Hollywood code By T.T. Stern-Enzi It seems I have something in common with the producers of “Demolition,” the new film from Jean-Marc Vallee, which opens April 8 (finally). I say finally because I caught “Demolition” in September when it kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival’s 40th anniversary. […]

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Everybody wants ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

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The third time is definitely the real rock ’em, sock ’em charm By T.T. Stern-Enzi What’s an awesome kung fu warrior to do once he has fended off the greatest threats to his crown and kingdom? Settle in for a little rest and relaxation, right? Well, maybe not. Especially if we’re talking about the adorable […]

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‘Anomalisa’ finds life in ordinary clay

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Filmmakers use stop-motion animation to reveal hidden reservoirs of emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis, arrives in Cincinnati to take part in a conference. He is the author of a bestselling book on successful customer service practices, techniques that work based on their ability to help practitioners focus on establishing strong […]

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Understanding ‘Suffragette’ better through song

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Appreciating messages in other times and beats By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts in “Suffragette”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Following the preview audience screening of “Suffragette” I attended, I found myself driving around town, between appointments with an iTunes playlist cued to shuffle, and two songs that on the surface would seem […]

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Not much to miss from ‘Miss You Already’

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Drama bludgeons audiences with the C-word By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Drew Barrymore as Jess and Toni Collette as Milly in “Miss You Already” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D+ Lifelong best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), have been co-stars in a long-running saga—The Milly Affair—which has been a Sex and the City inspired account […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ in three tough acts

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There is genius in front of the cameras, behind the scenes of Danny Boyle’s latest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in “Steve Jobs”; Rating: R Grade: A Just two years ago, director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and newbie screenwriter Matt Whiteley dove headlong into a rather conventional biopic on Apple […]

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‘Coming Home’ is a somber affair

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Zhang Yimou looks at the personal impact of cultural revolutions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Daoming Chen as Lu Yanshi and Li Gong as Feng Wanyu in “Coming Home”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: C Zhang Yimou’s name and reputation have been well established in his graceful epics (“Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”) that blend sweeping yet […]

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The intimacy of the Big Lens Film Festival

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Student film festival showcases polished gems By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nathan Robert Pecchia and Kate Mueller at the Drake Motel in Springfield, Ohio—a still from the film “Noia” Each year Wright State University’s Motion Picture program, an award-winning department and a crown jewel in Midwest film industry, shines a spotlight on a set of new […]

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Bridging the gap: Adriana Trigiani writes for adults

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Long-time writer adapts her own work for the big screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adriana Trigiani, the storyteller behind “Big Stone Gap”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B+ You can always tell when you, as a viewer or reader, are in the company of a great storyteller. It starts immediately, with the warmth of the voice, the […]

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‘The Martian’ keeps hope alive miles from home

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Ridley Scott uses science as a lifeline in the service of inspiring fiction By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Matt Damon as Mark Watney in “The Martian”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: A Watching Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Martian,” I found my thoughts straying, oddly enough, to the late great Yogi Berra and one of his treasured witticisms—“it’s […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]