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LGBT Film Festival turns seven

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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

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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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Seeking the answers in our hearts


“Where Do We Go Now?” seeks to resolve an eternal conflict By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- In a remote Lebanese village (hard to believe that such out of the way places actually exist), Christians and Muslims live together, side by side, working and entertaining themselves, as a community that is as close as […]

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Little Miss Ruby Sparks


First-time screenwriter Zoe Kazan writes and leaps off the page and the screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: A- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) tag-team with writer and co-star Zoe Kazan to tell the incredible story of Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), a young author who finds himself struggling to complete the […]

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Believe in the oddity of this wonderful life

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Writer-director of “Dan in Real Life” makes a wish come true By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: B+ Film is all about making us believe in the magic, the fantasies we have to leave behind once we come of age and settle into adulthood. To step into a darkened theater though, if only for a […]

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The ties that bind


Sentimental buddy comedy reveals our common humanity By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rated: R Grade: B+ Inspired by the true story of Abdel Sellou’s memoir “You Changed My Life,” “The Intouchables” dramatizes the unlikely relationship that develops between Driss (Omar Sy), an African immigrant living in the ghettos of Paris, and Philippe (François Cluzet), an aristocratic quadriplegic […]

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Wild Life in the Bathtub


Co-writer & director Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut refuses to tame the beasts By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the savage visual poem from debut director Benh Zeitlin (which he co-wrote with playwright Lucy Alibar), takes us on an adventure from its opening frame, yet what makes it so special […]

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Man’s New Best Friend?


Pet love affair goes from the dogs to…teddy bears By T.T. Stern-Enzi I’m not much of a pet person. I’ve never had a great and abiding love for either dogs or cats and truth be told, the recent spate of pets on film hasn’t exactly given me reason to reconsider my opinion. I realize I […]

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The Eternal Absurdity of Woody Allen


“To Rome With Love” is a sugar-free neurotic comedy Rating: R Grade: A- What an amazing run Woody Allen has enjoyed over the last decade or so? Actually, during the last twenty years, Allen’s highlight reel includes “Husbands and Wives,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Melinda and Melinda,” “Match […]

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Making More Webs


Marc Webb makes an amazing transition from rom-com to wham-bam action By T.T. Stern-Enzi Audiences may not understand why we need another “Spider-Man” movie. Sam Raimi’s trilogy came to a close in 2007, but it should be noted that “Spider-Man 3” felt like its web shooters were empty. I know, I know, Raimi’s films embraced […]

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The Light at the End of the Closet


Schwartz shines light on LGBT in documentary “Vito” By T.T. Stern-Enzi In 1996, before the Wachowski Brothers unleashed The Matrix phenomenon, the filmmakers stealthily unspooled a twisted little neo-noir Bound. It was the story of the relationship between Violet (Jennifer Tilly), the trophy wife of a mobster (Joe Pantoliano) and an ex-con named Corky (Gina […]

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The Too Feel-Good Vibe of Hysteria


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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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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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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