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The Town

This flick proves Ben Affleck is one smooth criminal. By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is a portion of Boston, the Charlestown area, that is known as a capital of sorts for criminal activity, so much so that, for instance, bank robbery is an occupation, an artisan trade handed down from father to son.  This seems to […]

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Going The Distance

This Date With Barrymore And Long Barely Makes It Through The Night By T.T. Stern-Enzi I was spoiled this time last year by Marc Webb who gave us 500 fractured days with Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in what was definitely not a love story, but darn it if I didn’t fall in love anyway, much like […]

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The American

European Sensibilities Dominate Anton Corbijn’s Frame Of Reference By T.T. Stern-Enzi In The American, an icy assassin (George Clooney) with no name (although he goes by either Jack or Edward, generically American monikers with allusions to the Kennedy clan) wanders into a series of elegantly composed frames by photographer cum filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, the […]

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

This ‘Girl’ Is Certainly A Hot Property By T.T. Stern-Enzi Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), now and forever to be known as The Girl, is the most intriguing fictional creation to come along in quite some time. How many cyber-hacker pixies with bisexual tendencies, photographic memories and extremely violent reactions to men who abuse women arrive […]

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Takers

Taking And Wasting Time Is A Crime By T.T. Stern-Enzi Life is sometimes unfair. I’m starting off with that terribly trite observation in order to justify my harsh and very likely unfair assessment of Takers, the new crime thriller from co-writer/director John Luessenhop (Lockdown with master thespian Master P). The movie goes out of its […]

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The Switch

Miramax Pulls A Switcheroo On Audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Despite the fact that her post-Friends big screen career hasn’t exactly earned her any new friends or fans, Jennifer Aniston curiously continues to snag top billing. When was she ever a box office draw though? The Break-Up might qualify as a hit, but the laughs came […]

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So Far… So Good?

Assessing 2010′s Best Films, Performances Thus Far By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the summer days and the first half of the year slip away, the time is right for a recap of the best films so far before we dive into the rich cool waters of a prestigious fall season. Last year’s eventual Best Picture and […]

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Eat Pray Love

This Adaptation Proves How Hard It Is To Find Yourself By T.T Stern-Enzi During a summer season that has given us a duplicitous warrior woman (Salt), a normal teen girl torn between two mon-strous lovers (Twilight: Eclipse) and the rise of The Girl (Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and the serialized adaptations), the end arrives and it’s […]

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Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

Defeat Seven Evil Exes To Win The Girl? No Problem By T.T. Stern-Enzi The titular twentysomething alt-rocking playboy slacker (Michael Cera), currently involved with a cute high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the actual woman of his dreams, but then has to defeat her seven evil exes […]

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Down To The Bare Bones

Director Debra Granik Unearths ‘Winter’s Bone’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Winter’s Bone transports audiences to a stark unexplored territory in terms of contemporary film, far away from the bustling urban centers on either coast or even the stereotypically quaint “dirty” South that never strays too deep into the murk and the muck of our dark history. […]

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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]

Miamisburg goes to the dogs

Canine Carnival returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Canine Carnival takes place Sept. 21 at Riverfront park; photo: Casey Harshman The […]

Advice goddess

 Beard-death experience This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three […]

Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]