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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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Dinner For Schmucks

This Fancy Feast Satisfies Thanks To Main Ingredient Steve Carell By T.T. Stern-Enzi In the French original, The Dinner Game, there apparently was no dinner. The whole premise was based on the set-up, the train wreck effect of watching idiots come together and the havoc created on the way to the unseen event. Jay Roach, […]

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Salt

An excerpt about Salt

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The Kids Are All Right

Film Review An unconventional family grows up. By T.T. Stern-Enzi For a film about family, The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko’s new indie drama, twists the dynamics in ways both obvious and subtle to great effect. As a long-together lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have achieved a degree of domestic […]

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Splice

Indie melds sci-fi horror and family dynamics to great effect Forget cloning; that’s what Splice, the new film from Vincenzo Natali, wants because cloning is so five years ago. The new genetic horizon is gene splicing. What happens when scientists merge various animal DNA strands and create new breeds, which is far more intriguing to […]

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The Secret In 
Their Eyes

Argentina’s Oscar winner no longer a secret in the U.S. At first glance, Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award winner (Best Foreign Language) looks like a television procedural, Law & Order: Buenos Aires. Writer-director Campanella certainly has the background for the procedural elements here. In fact, he has directed episodes of The Guardian and House as […]

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Critic’s Pick – Patrik, Age 1.5

Patrik, Age 1.5 screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and attracted attention for its smart, funny take on gay adoption and homophobia. Goran (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Sven (Torkel Petersson), a Swedish couple, anxiously await the arrival of their 15-month old adoptee, but are shocked to find Patrik (Thomas Ljungman), a 15-year old homophobic […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]