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A well-earned silver lining

David O. Russell’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy beats the odds By T.T. Stern-Enzi A well-earned silver lining David O. Russell’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy beats the odds By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: A Family is a tricky proposition in the world of David O. Russell. Whether the ones we’re born into (“Spanking the Monkey” […]

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“Sessions” of discovery

Take note of the quiet force that is John Hawkes By T.T. Stern-Enzi Maybe we should pay closer attention to Buddhist philosophy. Not that everything should be reduced to a bumper sticker, but there’s one that you see often: DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING – SIT THERE! Be still, it tells us. Embrace the call of […]

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“Skyfall” propels Craig into Bond pantheon

A Bond film that will truly shake and stir audiences Rating: PG-13 Grade: A   By. T.T. Stern-Enzi “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” now feel like warm-ups for newbie Bond star Daniel Craig, pacing laps before the full-on marathon. If you buy this analogy, then “Skyfall” must be seen as the race of Craig’s […]

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Interview with a dancer

Onscreen and onstage, DCDC dancer Sheri Williams continues to “Sparkle” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Earlier this year, Wim Wender’s “Pina” dazzled dance enthusiasts with its ability to place cameras onstage among the dancers to create a sensation of being gracefully and effortlessly in the flow. Yet, even with 3D technology to enhance this further, there was […]

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The world in this “cloud”

The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer create a visual “Atlas” from David Mitchell’s blueprint Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi When bestselling literary tomes make the transition to the big screen, often there’s an immediate and obvious critical response where we heap praise on films for their perceived novelistic sense. What we are responding to […]

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Searching for the heart and soul, so long ignored

Musical documentary “Sugar Man” unearths a real treasure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In what should be an iconic image, we see Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a folk singer who recorded his first single “I’ll Slip Away” back in 1967, strolling along with his guitar case strapped across his back. His long, dark hair […]

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Argo

Ben Affleck’s fake movie rescue generates real thrills Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 1997, the release of “Good Will Hunting” heralded the arrival of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two smart upstarts who seized control of their careers. Sharing a tiny apartment with Affleck’s younger brother Casey, the elder Affleck and […]

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LGBT Film Festival turns seven

The festival continues to promote and celebrate film and community By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the Downtown Dayton LGBT community prepares to present its seventh annual film festival – Sept. 28-30 – with screenings at The Neon, I had one overarching question – with an obvious follow-up – for festival director, Jonathan McNeal. I wondered what […]

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Trouble with the Curve

Baseball drama ambles along like slow pitch softball By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: D Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a typically grizzled old coot. He’s resistant to the social and cultural evolution that has taken place around him, preferring instead to keep his head down and continue to push against the stream flow of progress. […]

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Where the frames take me

Your friendly neighborhood critic previews the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival By T.T. Stern-Enzi Filmmakers take viewers on journeys, rendering the fantastic with startling specificity and introducing audiences to characters beyond the scope of their collective experiences and to faraway places they might never consider for the routine (and typically affordable) family excursion. Eager armchair […]

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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in […]

Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful […]

Naturally inclined

Slimy, furry outdoor family fun at Brukner Nature Center By Andy Hertel Photo: Hands-on wildlie encounters are part of Brukner Nature […]

The Docket: 03/24

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Oh, the humanity Officers responded to a call […]

Advice Goddess: 3/24

By Amy Alkon The sociopath of least resistance My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on and even ripped off in […]

News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not […]