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‘It Follows’ roams in the backstreets of fear

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Horror genre gets an ingenious moral kink in new release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Maika Monroe as Jay in “It Follows”; Rating: R, Grade: A- Following (pun intended) on the heels of writer-director Jennifer Kent’s mesmerizing horror re-invention “The Babadook,” comes another relative multi-hyphenate newbie David Robert Mitchell with his sly take on the unrelenting […]

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Stepping out of ‘The Shadows,’ still in the dark

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Faux vampire documentary explores contemporary plight of late-night lifers By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Taika Waititi as Viago in “What We Do In The Shadows”; Rating: NR, Grade: B+ Do the undead truly love contemporary life? This certainly seems to be a cultural moment for creatures of the night. Zombies (“The Walking Dead” and its upcoming […]

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‘Say Yes’: Recent ‘Lessons in Love’ from the movies

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A three-week survey of love and sex at the start of 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” With all apologies to both Floetry and Level 42 (the musical acts whose song titles inspired the title of this feature), […]

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Capturing beauty under the gun in ‘Timbuktu’

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A lyric narrative examines the impact of Jihadists in Mali By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Toulou Kiki as Satima, Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino as Kidane and Layla Walet Mohamed as Toya in “Timbuktu”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A In the West, we cannot fathom what it is like to live life under the constant presence of oppression, […]

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Race complicates family matters in ‘Black or White’

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Mike Binder and Kevin Costner engage in tough talk By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jillian Estell as Eloise and Kevin Costner as Elliot Anderson in “Black or White”; Rating: R, Grade: C- What we’re talking about when we talk about race depends on our individual perspectives, but it is not the talking that matters. What truly […]

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Inside the demented mind of ‘Foxcatcher’

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Bennett Miller drags audiences into the dark recesses of excessive delusion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Steve Carrel and Channing Tatum in “Foxcatcher”; Rating: R, Grade: BPage History is littered with peculiar characters, those on the far margins of what might even be considered the abnormal element of society. “Littered” might be too strong a term, […]

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Apparently you can go there and back again By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- All throughout Peter Jackson’s retelling of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” I have mildly complained about the notion that it took three filmed installments to present what […]

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‘The Homesman’: Women heading back East

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No home on the mythic Western range for these women By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy in “The Homesman”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ An extra film festival, especially a European film gala with the prestige of Munich (one of the international Sister Cities of Cincinnati), affords a Midwestern critic like myself […]

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All is lost when security becomes political

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The intersection of “Rosewater” and “Citizenfour” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Edward Snowden in “Citizenfour” Election Day 2014 has come and gone, but the issues, the ones that are never truly addressed through the electoral process or during the all-too-brief legislative interludes that punctuate the big money/big game campaigns that have replaced actual governance, stubbornly remain. […]

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Honor thy parents: ‘Beyond The Lights’

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What happens when children dare to go their own way? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker in “Beyond the Lights” Gina Prince-Bythewood solidified her reputation in Hollywood right off the bat with her debut feature, the 2000 hit “Love & Basketball,” a surprisingly adult examination of love and romance and the games people […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]