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The Mexican


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


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


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


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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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


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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Roman Polanski’s stage-to-screen adaptation loses its destructive power By T.T. Stern-Enzi Carnage, the new film from Roman Polanski, is an adaptation based on Yasmina Reza’s play Le Dieu du carnage, which translates in English to God of Carnage. Reza penned the screenplay and much attention was paid to the omission of the “God of” as […]

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Top 10 of 2011


DCP’s film critic picks 2011’s best of the best By T.T. Stern-Enzi I have to let you in on a little secret that helps me to define just how special a year in film has been. If a narrative or thematic thread emerges, in particular, one that laces through the films that end up earning […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

David Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo leaves a truly indelible mark By T.T. Stern-Enzi The Swedish translation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy is “Men Who Hate Women” and the 2009 Niels Arden Oplev adaptation made sure to lay that hatred bare, introducing audiences to the Vanger clan, a Swedish industrial family of the […]

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Lars von Trier artfully presents the end of the world By T.T. Stern-Enzi Jonathan Demme gave audiences Rachel Getting Married with its melodramatic depiction of the pre-wedding battle royale between two sisters and complex relationship matrix that weaves among the larger clan and nearly derails the celebration. There would be blood drawn, but there would […]

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The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas reunite for an obsessive skin-crawling affair By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ An obsessively driven plastic surgeon named Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) painstakingly works on a secret project within his home laboratory. His aim is to develop synthetic skin that is impervious to basic diseases and offers a degree […]

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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


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