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Enjoying an international film festival

Portrait of a film critic as a mere spectator in the crowd By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Mathieu Amalric and Lea Drucker in “The Blue Room” After four years of attending the festival screening orgy that is the Toronto International Film Festival – which I’m eagerly anticipating returning to once again in September (for you … remember, […]

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Is Jo Nebsø Scandinavian fiction’s Elmore Leonard?

Adaptation of ‘Jackpot’ hangs out among the riff raff By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Henrik Mestad as Solør and Arthur Berning as Billy Utomjordet in “Jackpot”; Rating: R, Grade: B- I’ve spent the last few years investigating a specific niche subset of the criminal underworld: the seedy realm of Scandinavian crime fiction. It is much more distinct […]

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Re-staging ‘Jersey Boys’ for the screen

Clint Eastwood favors words and motion without sacrificing the music By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys”: Rating: PG-13; Grade: B Clint Eastwood, as both an actor and a director, has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He […]

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No ‘fault’ for a pair of doomed star-crossed lovers

New ‘love story’ update gambles by doubling down on the terminal illness angle By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ansel Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel in “The Fault in Our Stars”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B- “The Fault in Our Stars” by young adult fiction author and Indianapolis, Ind. native John Green gets adapted here […]

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A re-invigorated ‘Chef’ concocts an inspired treat

Multi-hyphenate Jon Favreau flees the Hollywood test kitchen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara in “Chef”; Rating: R, Grade: A It doesn’t take long for a talented upstart to settle into a comfortable groove, right? Not many of us know about this from experience, but the stories abound across disciplines. […]

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Living in ‘God’s Pocket’ isn’t easy

The story of a neighborhood where everybody knows more than your name By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Turturro as “Bird” and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey in “God’s Pocket”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ The first “read” of “God’s Pocket,” the feature-film directing debut of actor John Slattery (best known for his Emmy-nominated work on the television […]

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‘Under the Skin’ of Jonathan Glazer

 How his short-film efforts offer insight into his new feature film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Scarlett Johansson as Laura in “Under the Skin”; Rating: R, Grade: B There are a number of feature film directors who got their starts working on commercials and music videos. Jonathan Glazer, one such practitioner of the craft, exhibits a far […]

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’: In search of genius

The story behind the greatest film never made By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s, unscussessful attempt at adapting the science fiction novel, “Dune” is the focus of Director Frank Pavich’s The old adage goes that the greatest journeys begin with that single first step, but what about the epic odyssey you and a band of merry […]

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Unexpected treats in ‘The Lunchbox’

A soulful performance by Irrfan Khan serves as the key ingredient in this marvelous dish By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nimrat Kaur as Ila in “The Lunchbox”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Cases of mistaken identity can certainly advance a plot, but rarely do these artificially imposed manipulative elements create an organic or believable situation that approximates the […]

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The winners and losers of ‘Draft Day’

Ivan Reitman’s sports drama almost becomes a big joke By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver, Jr. in “Draft Day”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: D+ Talk about Fantasy Football. “Draft Day,” the new movie from director Ivan Reitman – from the comedic heights of “Ghostbusters” to the rom-com depths of “No Strings Attached” – seems […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]