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Assembling the Best and Most Exotic Team

John Madden’s Super-Group Retires to India By T.T. Stern-Enzi Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel imagines a final adventure for a group of English men and women, one last hurrah where they can get away from the familiar day-to-day they’ve come to know all too well or busy […]

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The Avengers: Some Assembly Required

Has Joss Whedon Put Avengers Together for Our times? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 1963, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby probably didn’t have as much trouble creating Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Hollywood has had in bringing these super duper dudes (and one dark and mysterious dudette) to the screen. There have been two very different […]

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The Mexican

A Portrait of a Gun as a Character By T.T. Stern-Enzi Jerry (Brad Pitt), a bumbling ne’er-do-well working odd low-level jobs to pay off a debt to a gangster, lands one last gig (to reclaim and safely transport a near legendary gun back to the big boss), a final assignment which, upon completion, will set […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Can a Child Bully a Parent? Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi We need to talk about Tilda Swinton. I think when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Michael Clayton, a conversation began. We began to consider her particular brand of genius as a form that we could no longer ignore. And […]

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The Raid: Redemption

An Unadulterated Shot (A Stab, Kick and Punch) to The Heart of Action Fans By T.T. Stern-Enzi Midnight Madness swept the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the clear winners were the audiences who saw The Raid: Redemption, the martial arts actioner from writer-director Gareth Evans. The Raid introduces Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie […]

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The Duplass Brothers Invite Notable Friends to Their Cinematic Home By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B See here, Jeff (Jason Segel), indeed lives at home with his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon). He’s smoking weed and wallowing in a state of ennui. That’s just a fancy way of saying that he’s slacking his way through […]

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Jumping from Box to Box

Discussing 21 Jump Street and a Pair of New Releases By T.T. Stern-Enzi The advance buzz on the adaptation of 21 Jump Street left something to be desired. Months away from the movie’s release, moviegoers and critics alike expressed real trepidation. Would Channing Tatum’s bland blockheaded good looks bring in the ladies? What about the […]

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Considering the Irish, In Film

Spend St. Patrick’s Day With a Few of These Lucky Charms By T.T. Stern-Enzi The spirit of the Irish diaspora comes alive with the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Festivities include hearty parades and the copious consumption of green beer and food (with special Lenten dispensations for those who gave up particular treats or […]

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Talking About Friends, Kids & Production

Kentucky Native Joey McFarland Helps Bring this Baby to The Screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) take notes as the arrival of children seems to rip the romance out of the relationships of their coupled friends, the ever-horny Ben (Jon Hamm) & Missy (Kristen Wiig) and the humorously rock-solid Leslie […]

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A Separation

Iranian Film Separates Melodrama from the Complex Realities of Life Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In an awards season when we celebrate the idea of George Clooney playing a beleaguered father/husband/family trustee who discovers that his comatose wife has been having an affair, while also juggling a monumental decision about the land rights to his family’s […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]