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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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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The latest tale of Narnia struggles to find its way By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG  Grade: B- As with the “Harry Potter” series, I feel it is best to open with an admission. I have never read any of the C.S. Lewis books, although I have more than a dim awareness of the Christian allegorical […]

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Black Swan

Natalie Portman takes flight in this psychological thriller By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A+ Natalie Portman is all grown up and the proof is in her searing portrayal of the innocent perfectionist Nina in Darren Aronofsky’s intense exploration into the dark heart of a rising ballerina. As Nina, Portman embraces, to the fullest, the […]

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When the Tourist Isn’t the Tourist

New espionage thriller charts a different European adventure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Milo Weaver, a CIA black-ops field agent known as a “Tourist” in the trade, is a late-30-something man without a home base or colleagues he can really trust, who meets an American (an actual tourist) while in the middle of a mission. Six years […]

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Stieg Larsson’s millennium trilogy stings to the very end By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R   Grade: A- Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), the heroine of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling series of thrillers, recuperates from near fatal wounds, inflicted in the previous installment (“The Girl Who Played With Fire”) by her father, Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov), Sweden’s prized Soviet […]

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An Interview with Sasha Waters Freyer

Director of “Chekhov for Children” revisits her past and finds Chekhovian parallels in the present By T.T.Stern-Enzi During the late 1970s, Philip Lopate (“Being with Children,” a memoir based on his teaching career), challenged a group of fifth and sixth graders in New York City at PS 75 in his writing program (part of the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]