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Flying high at the movies

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The top 10 weed flicks from the past two decades On screen, the Dude (Jeff Bridges) favors White Russians, but there seems to be a 420 attitude at work, too. By T.T. Stern-Enzi The move towards the legalization of weed owes a debt of sorts to its pop cultural presence at the movies. We’ve come […]

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Shhh… it’s “A Quiet Place”

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Horror-thriller transforms the dark into an emotionally gripping place Evelyn (Emily Blunt) quiets her daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) By T.T. Stern-Enzi Families in peril tap into our most primal protective natures. We are far more likely to be drawn into the survival dynamic on display between a tight-knit nuclear unit than all of the spatial […]

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She’s no Madea…

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The mini-mogul’s not laughing in “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony” Taraji P. Henson tells Lyriq Bent how it’s gonna be By T.T. Stern-Enzi Tyler Perry’s improbable career has been based on a step-by-step process, a seemingly carefully orchestrated implementation of a plan to master and command the narrative feature format. He began writing a series of stage […]

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A dictator’s demise

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The satirical bite of “The Death of Stalin” The inner circle discover Stalin’s body… and hilarity ensues. By T.T. Stern-Enzi A healthy dose of cynicism is necessary when looking at the world of politics, either from a wide-lens historic framework or in the microscopic moment of what might seem to be a crisis point. We […]

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Tomb Raider revealed

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In search of the humanity of a videogame avatar Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander takes a new approach to the character of Lara Croft By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2001, when Angelina Jolie first assumed the title role in the Simon West adaptation of the videogame “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” she was a newly-minted Academy […]

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a natural wonder

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The Academy Award-winner is truly fantastic  Daniela Vega as Marina. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year, I find that somehow, no matter how carefully I plan my festival screening schedule, I wind up missing out on a gem or two in Toronto. And typically, the omissions tend to be foreign language titles. This year, I eagerly […]

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Screen 3/6: The Party to end all parties

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Sally Potter refashions “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a new darkly hip age The party animals (Top L-R) Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones (Bottom L-R) Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, and Bruno Ganz By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the Mike Nichols classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George (Richard Burton) and Martha […]

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Film Culture and Everyday Nostalgia

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A refreshing look at memory and its meaning “Every Day” features Colin Ford as Xavier and Angourie Rice as Rhiannon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Disclaimer: This is not a review of either “Every Day” or “Nostalgia.” Instead, I’m responding to the need to explore what these two narratives made me think about and feel on some […]

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“Black Panther” is a revolution

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Ryan Coogler captures the conflicted spirit of a hero as leader Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther By T.T. Stern-Enzi Adaptation  versus  evolution, that is the question at the heart of the narrative of Marvel’s Black Panther film. Logic would seem to dictate that Ryan Coogler’s movie, which kicks off the 10th […]

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Story matters as much as kink

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“Fifty Shades Freed” learned nothing from “Damage” Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) steels herself for yet another punishment in “Fifty Shades Freed.” By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the beginning, it was easy to drop comparisons between the emerging “Fifty Shades” franchise and movies like Adrian Lyne’s steamy romantic drama “9-1/2 Weeks.” I was a huge fan of the […]

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Not the usual heat in this “Den of Thieves”

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Entertaining, if not always wholly original, crime drama Gerard Butler in “Den of Thieves” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Power plays rule hockey, but they also dominate the outcome in the heist genre, which, in terms of film narratives, is the very definition of blood sport. Standing at the top of my all-time list is Michael Mann’s […]

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Love takes shape in “Call Me By Your Name”

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Director Luca Guadagnino captures a life-defining moment in rich detail Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer star in the slow-burn love story “Call Me By Your Name” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is no way I could begin a review of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” without owning up to my appreciation for “I […]

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Does the ‘Last Key’ close the door in the ‘Insidious’ franchise?

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The fight against the paranormal gets personal By T.T. Stern-Enzi Creators of hit franchises never know, at the very beginning, what elements will work, so decisions are made that sometimes can’t be altered without complex tinkering that defies the internal logic and mythology they are attempting to bake into their narrative worlds.  When working in […]

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The high stakes of “Molly’s Game”

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When gambling on talent isn’t that much of a gamble at all Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in her new drama with Idris Elba (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi We’ve never seen a protagonist quite like Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), because screenwriter-director, Aaron Sorkin has never written for a female character like this. Of course, […]

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The 2017 rules of accountability in Hollywood

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Has the industry’s handling of inappropriate behavior changed (for the better)? Kevin Spacey (left) in his most recent film ‘Baby Driver’ with Jamie Foxx (right) By T.T. Sterns-Enzi For whom does the bell of accountability toll in the film industry? For the agents, managers, producers, directors, and actors, it would seem, and possibly beyond the […]

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“Downsizing” white male privilege

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I’m not sure this was the intention Matt Damon (left) and Jason Sudeikis (right) in new comedy ‘Downsizing’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was likely a bit of a slog for Matt Damon. At the very least, I can say it was difficult for me to watch his pair of […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]