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The Too Feel-Good Vibe of Hysteria

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The Kooky Birth of the Vibrator in Victorian England Buzzes Along By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating:  R Grade: C+ I’m sure that at some point during last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, some outlet in the world referred to Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, which humorously probes into the birth of the vibrator, as “a feel good” story, […]

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Prometheus

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An ominously viral teaser extended over two hours By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B The titan Prometheus defied the gods of Olympus, gave fire to mankind, and suffered for his sin, chained to a rock while an eagle devoured his liver, which would grow back only to be dined upon again the next day. […]

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Newlyweds

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Ed Burns Seeks to Spice Up His Career and Indie Film By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating: Not Rated Grade: B+ Rather quietly and without much of the signature fanfare that greeted the fledgling movement back in the early 1990s, indie film has continued to evolve, almost in defiance to the sense that it would simply just […]

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Sounds Of My Voice

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Is This What the Arrival of a New Voice and Presence Sounds Like? Rating: R Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi I have a question for Greta Gerwig, the odd naturalistic beauty who has bounded out of the Mumblecore underworld into the bright and glaring lights of mainstream attention. Hey, Greta – and I want to […]

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Assembling the Best and Most Exotic Team

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John Madden’s Super-Group Retires to India By T.T. Stern-Enzi Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel imagines a final adventure for a group of English men and women, one last hurrah where they can get away from the familiar day-to-day they’ve come to know all too well or busy […]

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The Mexican

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A Portrait of a Gun as a Character By T.T. Stern-Enzi Jerry (Brad Pitt), a bumbling ne’er-do-well working odd low-level jobs to pay off a debt to a gangster, lands one last gig (to reclaim and safely transport a near legendary gun back to the big boss), a final assignment which, upon completion, will set […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Can a Child Bully a Parent? Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi We need to talk about Tilda Swinton. I think when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Michael Clayton, a conversation began. We began to consider her particular brand of genius as a form that we could no longer ignore. And […]

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The Raid: Redemption

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An Unadulterated Shot (A Stab, Kick and Punch) to The Heart of Action Fans By T.T. Stern-Enzi Midnight Madness swept the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the clear winners were the audiences who saw The Raid: Redemption, the martial arts actioner from writer-director Gareth Evans. The Raid introduces Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie […]

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

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The Duplass Brothers Invite Notable Friends to Their Cinematic Home By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B See here, Jeff (Jason Segel), indeed lives at home with his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon). He’s smoking weed and wallowing in a state of ennui. That’s just a fancy way of saying that he’s slacking his way through […]

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Jumping from Box to Box

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Discussing 21 Jump Street and a Pair of New Releases By T.T. Stern-Enzi The advance buzz on the adaptation of 21 Jump Street left something to be desired. Months away from the movie’s release, moviegoers and critics alike expressed real trepidation. Would Channing Tatum’s bland blockheaded good looks bring in the ladies? What about the […]

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Considering the Irish, In Film

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Spend St. Patrick’s Day With a Few of These Lucky Charms By T.T. Stern-Enzi The spirit of the Irish diaspora comes alive with the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Festivities include hearty parades and the copious consumption of green beer and food (with special Lenten dispensations for those who gave up particular treats or […]

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Talking About Friends, Kids & Production

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Kentucky Native Joey McFarland Helps Bring this Baby to The Screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) take notes as the arrival of children seems to rip the romance out of the relationships of their coupled friends, the ever-horny Ben (Jon Hamm) & Missy (Kristen Wiig) and the humorously rock-solid Leslie […]

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A Separation

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Iranian Film Separates Melodrama from the Complex Realities of Life Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In an awards season when we celebrate the idea of George Clooney playing a beleaguered father/husband/family trustee who discovers that his comatose wife has been having an affair, while also juggling a monumental decision about the land rights to his family’s […]

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Pina

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Wim Wenders Projects Dance Theater in 3D By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: A The idea of “dance theater” (Tanztheater in German) evolved from expressionist dance in 1920s Vienna, with new forms developing and spreading throughout Central Europe beginning in 1917. The term re-emerged during the 1980s and Pina Bausch, a student of one of […]

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Embrace the Tao of Bruce Lee

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New Documentary Explores Physical, Mythical and Philosophical Essence of the Man By T.T. Stern-Enzi To celebrate the Chinese New Year, this Year of the Dragon, Bruce Lee, the legendary “Little Dragon” returns to screens for a select two-night only event in 60+ cities across the country. I Am Bruce Lee, the new documentary feature from […]

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Exploring the Most Dangerous Methods

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David Cronenberg Allows His Actors’ Methods to Shine Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi Danger has been a factor in the recent films of David Cronenberg, but the tension and anxiety has been focused on the physical, the threat of bodily harm and the need to determine where said harm would originate. Would the […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]