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The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a new spin By T.T.Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: B+ A handsome rogue gets rehabilitated. A trapped princess regains her freedom and her throne. Swashes get buckled.  Derrying gets done. A wicked enchantress reverts back to her ugly roots. And there’s a little song and dance thrown into the mix that […]

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127 Hours

Danny Boyle emerges from the slums with another million-dollar extravaganza By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: A As is the case with large-scale events like a film festival (in this case the Toronto International Film Festival) with simultaneous segments and thousands of participants spread out over several locations, things can go horribly awry. A series of […]

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Doug Liman goes searching for the truth in this real world spy game By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- Walking out of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film that set off the Brangelina phenomenon, I felt like the lone voice in the audience screaming for everything that was missing in that overly explosive affair. […]

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Documentarian Charles Ferguson takes us inside the financial collapse of 2008 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A After all of the nuclear partisan politics of the mid-term election cycle, it is time for some clear-eyed realism, something that resembles the truth to shake our belief that one side or the other has all the […]

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Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams makes her move into the big leagues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13  Grade: B Rachel McAdams has been on the cusp of distinction in Hollywood, a fast-tracking It-Girl with that rare combination of charm and chops, enough to have oddly enough relegated her thus far to limbo. Those in the know took note […]

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For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry transforms an award-winning choreopoem into conventional melodrama By  T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: D+ When the greenlight buzz first traveled along the wire, there was surprise and concern regarding Lionsgate’s decision to turn Ntozake Shange’s Tony award-winning choreopoem over to an urban moralist like Tyler Perry, a filmmaker who has certainly made money […]

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Film Review ‘Nowhere Boy’

A Terrific Portrait Of The Young John Lennon By T.T. Stern-Enzi With Nowhere Boy, conceptual artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood takes audiences back to the early nowhere days of John Lennon (Aaron Johnson), as he chafes under the seemingly loveless rule of his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who wants to see that the boy […]

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Film Review ‘Waiting For Superman’

Who Can Save The U.S. Educational System? By. T.T. Stern-Enzi Education recently topped the national news spotlight thanks, in part, to the resignation of Washington, DC Education Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the controversial figure, appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty at the start of his term, to overhaul a failing system and possibly serve as an example […]

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Film Review ‘Jackass 3D’

Another Round Of Sick, Mindless Pranks By T.T. Stern-Enzi I’m grading on a curve here, which I’m owning upfront for I have never been much of a fan of either the MTV television show or the two previous films from Johnny Knoxville and his crew of insanely stupid stuntsters. However, this time around, I was […]

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Film Review ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Sranger’

The Return Of Woody Allen By T.T. Stern-Enzi It seems now that if you wander the streets of any major city outside the United States, you run the risk of bumping into the displaced New York City neuroses of Woody Allen or his ever-changing cast of dopplegangers. I have to say I believe his head […]

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Film Review ‘Never Let Me Go’

Despite Talent Across The Board This Film Never Takes Hold By T.T. Stern-Enzi Author and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later) knows how to create tension and an almost existential sense of dread from nothing more than the dark and murky thoughts inside the echo chamber of the mind. So, a film collaboration […]

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Film Review ‘RED’

Retired Spies Are Far From Retiring By T.T. Stern-Enzi Paul Moses, retired covert CIA operative, a man with too much knowledge about what happened to the bodies buried all over the world, sprang from the mind and graphic novel frames of Warren Ellis, as a ruthless killer, efficient and deadly like the ronin, samurai who […]

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It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

Cuckoos Seek To Leave The Loony Nest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Zack Galifianakis, his bushy beard and that obtuse style of his, have become a go-to punchline on the current comedic scene. His feature films  include Into the Wild, Up in the Air, Youth in Revolt, and Dinner for Schmucks not to mention The Hangover. Let’s […]

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Animal Kingdom

One Australian Family’s Nature Is To Nurture Crime By T.T. Stern-Enzi Joshua Cody (James Frech-eville) has enjoyed a bit of shelter due to his mother’s estrangement from her criminal-minded family. But when she dies, his grandmother Janine (Jacki Weaver) arrives to bring him back into the fold. This family, such as it is, bears little […]

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Film Review ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

Oliver Stone Warders Along Familiar Path By T.T. Stern-Enzi Yes, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) emerges from jail with his mobile phone and little else to his name and seeks to regain his status as a greedy master of the universe. We’re suckers enough to dance down Wall Street behind this silver-maned pied piper even though […]

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Film Review ‘The Social Network’

David Fincher Creates A ‘Social’ Event For The Awards Season By. T.T. Stern-Enzi The Social Network is not the unvarnished true story of Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook, but it seems as if one of Mark Zuckerberg’s friends should have posted that on his little social network because he sure is acting like people […]

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