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Wild Life in the Bathtub

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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?

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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