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The twin core of “Rust and Bone”

Jacques Audiard uncovers wounded souls in harsh conditions  By T.T. Stern-Enzi photo: [l to r] Armand Verdure and Matthias Schoenaerts in“Rust and Bone” Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) epitomizes what we – Westernized, sheltered, middle-class citizens – imagine when someone references brutes, bruisers or brutish behavior. Hip-hop has glamourized “thugs” and “the thug life,” but Ali comes from […]

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The struggle begins “Any Day Now”

An unconventional gay couple fights the good fight  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Garret Dillahunt and Alan Cumming star in “Any Day Now”: R Grade B- What happens when a sassy drag queen and a buttoned-up lawyer seek to gain custody of a young man with Down’s syndrome who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother? […]

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The daring “Girls” return game

Lena Dunham steps further outside her already uncomfortable zone  By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rarely do I feel the need to follow-up a review or feature as directly as I will this week. The dialogue on race, which began with “Django Unchained” last week, demands further exploration, although with the gaze turned now to the small screen, […]

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Django explained

A look at race relations in Quentin Tarantino’s curious revenge fantasy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Art – the best and the worst of the various forms – challenges audiences. It offers reflections that ping-pong from the surreal to the mundane, the radiantly abstract to the common, which at times can seem quite vulgar in their uncovering […]

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Top Ten Films of 2012

A cinematic mix-tape for the year gone by  By T.T. Stern-Enzi 1  “Zero Dark Thirty”  (Kathryn Bigelow) A tough no-nonsense shooter with an eye for clarity hooks up with a top-notch journalist intent on capturing the true essence of the story (which isn’t necessarily the “truth” in an idealized sense) and first we get “The […]

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Seeking a film for the end of the world

When it all ends, what will you be watching?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi The end is … We’ve heard it all before. If not from Nostradamus or the Mayans or some other Psychic Friends Network associate who lost their connection to the mainframe, then it was likely that we’ve seen the end unspooling before us onscreen. […]

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Reviewing a new format or a new movie?  By T.T. Stern-Enzi What a year! As we near the end of 2012, I find myself in full reflective mode, looking back at a year in film that, while not likely to be one for the ages, still found ways to inspire me to spend a few […]

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The missing hitch in “Hitchcock”

Sacha Gervasi and Anthony Hopkins shrink the great man down to size By T.T. Stern-Enzi As I waited for the advance screening of “Hitchcock,” from director Sacha Gervasi (known as the writer of “The Terminal” and the director of “Anvil: The Story of Anvil”), I ended up chatting with a fellow writer who also happens […]

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“Killing” style at the box office

Marrying 1970s grit with druggy matrix effects By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ I’m a huge fan of Prince, The Roots and Level 42; a fanatic, in fact, which means that any new release from them guarantees an instant buy, and not just a digital download from iTunes. No, I’m talking about heading out […]

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The surreal theatrics of “Anna Karenina”

Joe Wright’s stagey adaptation of Tolstoy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A- To fully appreciate what director Joe Wright and screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard have wrought with their adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of adultery among the 19th century Russian aristocracy, audiences should prime themselves with Wright’s surreal battlefield interlude from “Atonement.” Working from […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]