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The Outsider behind ‘Cedar Rapids’

Director Miguel Arteta has the last laugh By T. T. Stern-Enzi In what might be the funniest scene thus far in film, Ron Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr. of later Spike Lee and “The Wire” fame), playing a nerdy Midwestern insurance salesman, bumrushes his way into a raucous house party to rescue wayward cohort Tim Lippe […]

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Biutiful

Inarritu sets off on a new filmmaking journey By T. T. Stern-Enzi With “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga forged a collaborative filmmaking partnership that generated stories grounded in a triptych structure that deconstructed time and narrative form into piercing slivers of emotional diamonds. And for their efforts, […]

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Has a decade of diversity come to an end?

‘For Colored girls’ (and other Folks) Who continue to Feel Invisible When Searching For Onscreen Reflections By T. T. Stern-Enzi There have always been urban films, from the black exploitation films of the 1970s to the comic movies that capitalized on stand-up performers transitioning to the mainstream to the hood action dramas infused with hip […]

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‘Rabbit Hole’

‘Rabbit Hole’ treats the addictive power of grief By T.T. Stern-Enzi From the start, “Rabbit Hole” seems to be looking up at the world from a position of frustration and regret. Suburbia is a place of artificial security, away from the harsh urban reality, an unsettling dreamscape we pretend does not share a border with […]

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Another Year

Leslie Manville makes “Another Year” more than just another Mike Leigh production By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A There is a particular genius to the filmmaking process of Mike Leigh. The celebrated British director of “Life is Sweet,” “Secrets & Lies,” “Vera Drake” and “Happy-Go-Lucky” is famous for drafting story and character outlines and […]

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Blue Valentine

A dark bluesy ode to love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ “No Strings Attached” captured hearts and the opening weekend box office by giving audiences the same old, same old vision of love, which, in the end, isn’t really about love at all. Love doesn’t live at the multiplex; the reflection of it that […]

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Made in Dagenham

Sally Hawkins’s crusading feminist in ‘Dagenham’ very likable By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B Sally Hawkins impressed me immeasurably in “Never Let Me Go,” Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s bestselling novel, which left me cold with its snow-globe detail that sealed out almost any sense of genuine emotion. The faint hint of humanity stirring […]

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War Horse

Jeremy Irvine in War Horse

Spielberg presents the story of a boy, his horse and the war that separates them By T.T. Stern-Enzi Steven Spielberg, contemporary film’s sentimental serialist, strikes again with this heart-tugging story about young Albert (Jeremy Irvine), a British farm boy who enlists to fight in World War I after his father (Peter Mullan) sells his horse, […]

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The Green Hornet

Michel Gondry and writing duo play with comic book conventions By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: B For a genre based on color-splashed frames of superhuman heroics, comic book adaptations sure have gotten heavy-handed in their attempts to break into the mainstream and acquire a measure of cultural significance. Superheroes are the new mythology of […]

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Accompanied at the Top

Top 10 films of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year’s top 10 list feels a bit incomplete due to the nature of the release schedule in the Midwest. Studios frantically scramble to offer screenings or screeners for critics to consider films that may not play in their markets until early the following year, if […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]