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Film Title: A Walk among the Tombstones

Inside a classic Denzel Washington versus Liam Neeson box office match-up Photo: Liam Neeson in “A Walk Among the Toombstones.” This past weekend featured a tantalizing match-up of box office power punchers, with the debut of Denzel Washington’s first franchise starter “The Equalizer” against the second week of Liam Neeson’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” […]

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What’s in the box? – ‘The Boxtrolls’

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An orphaned boy raised underground ventures into the world above By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Boxtrolls” is in theaters now; Rating: PG, Grade: B+ For those in the know, the snippet of dialogue I appropriated for the title of this piece probably serves as a harbinger of dark sinister things to come, but let me […]

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For those left behind: ‘This is Where I Leave You’

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Family dramedy aims far more for laughs than human dysfunction by T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l-r] Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman and Adam Driver in “This Is Where I Leave You”; photo: Warner Bros. Pictures Rating: R, Grade: C I have a real soft spot for feature films that dig into dysfunctional families. Maybe it’s […]

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TIFF Spotlight: Father’s Day in Scandinavian films

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Fathers muddle through a couple of festival entries By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Andreas in “A Second Chance”; photo: Henrik Petit For the last couple of years, I have indulged in a fascination with Scandinavian crime fiction, both on the page and on screens – large and small. I’ve marveled at and championed […]

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A hard look off-screen

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An off-release week allows for a chance to focus on other narratives By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael Douglas as Wiliam D-Fens Foster in “Falling Down” During a recent bit of old-fashioned coach potato channel surfing, I stumbled upon the end of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 release “Falling Down” featuring Michael Douglas as a character simply referred […]

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Eva Green

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The new millennial sexpot By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Eva Green as Artemisia in “300: Rise of an Empire” Eva Green was born to play a femme fatale, and not the noirish temptresses from the old black and white movies. She needs to have a moment when she can burst onto the scene in living color […]

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Casting off for parts unknown in ‘Land Ho!’

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Hitch a ride with a crazy old pair of ex brothers-in-law By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Earl Lynn Nelson as Mitch and Paul Eenhoorn as Colin in “Land Ho!”; Rating: R, Grade: A I should prepare you right off, “Land Ho!” – from the writing and directing duo of Aaron Katz (“Quiet City” and “Cold Weather”) and […]

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Dispelling the ‘magic in the moonlight’

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Woody Allen’s latest is more of a trick than a spellbinding treat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Emma Stone as Sophie and Colin Firth as Stanley in “Magic in the Moonlight”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: C+ In the poem “Marmion,” Sir Walter Scott opined, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The […]

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Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater’s finest achievement takes 12 years to document By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Capturing the transitions of ‘Boyhood’ On paper, and in far lesser hands, the premise of “Boyhood” would come across as a gimmick that would never make it past the idea stage. Potential producers wouldn’t appreciate the notion of funding a decade-plus-long project that would […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ invades the Marvel universe

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Comic book adaptation features a welcome addition to the ever-expanding family By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A When this seemingly crazy experiment began for Marvel Studios, the feature film […]

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‘Life Itself’

Steve James documentary celebrates Roger Ebert, a star on his way to the heavens By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Roger Ebert in “Life Itself”; photo: Kevin Horan; Rating: R; Grade: A Near the start of the Steve James documentary, “Life Itself,” which tackles, as its subject, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, and is based on his […]

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Class warfare in the heat of the summer

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Messages in ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “The Purge: Anarchy” hit theaters June 20, 2014 Back in the day, when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five gave us the following opening in their classic, “The Message”: “It’s like a jungle sometimes/it makes me wonder how I keep from going under,” they were […]

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Enjoying an international film festival

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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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A lesson in animal liberation

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ puts humanity to the test By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jason Clarke as Malcolm in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Peter Singer, a modern philosopher who engages moral tenets head-on in practical living, penned a classic tome, “Animal Liberation” that has become a challenging examination of the ways […]

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Dayton’s travel(ing) photographer

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Bill Franz debuts in Dayton and beyond By Melissa Markham Photo: “Made in America,” by Bill Franz Behind every image lies a story. A simple facial expression captured by a camera’s lens holds endless tales of victory and loss, and there are so many stories yet to be told. What began as a pursuit of a […]

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Is Jo Nebsø Scandinavian fiction’s Elmore Leonard?

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]