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Another Earth

Speculative science fiction that explores the uncharted recesses of human emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi The discovery of a new planet – and a very close one at that, in every way implied – in the cosmos triggers a poetic reflection, a tragic inciting incident, that unleashes the “what if” potential that makes science fiction so […]

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Rethinking “The Help”

How to read the critical response to The Help By T.T. Stern-Enzi In last week’s issue of Cincinnati’s CityBeat (August 10 – 16, 2011), I gave The Help a D and referred to having “intimate connections to the subject” that influenced my objectivity. It seems many others, both critics and regular moviegoers brought their own […]

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Page One: Inside The New York Times

A look at the battle to maintain a (presumed to be dying) standard of the times Rating: R, Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi   New Media, as opposed to the lower-cased version, which generally is about software applications rather than hardware that requires more seismic cultural investments, generates anxiety and fear, a healthy reaction, at […]

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The Change-Up

Flip the switch on switched personality comedies, please By T.T. Stern-Enzi Charles Dickens was half-right in his imminently quotable introduction to “A Tale of Two Cities” because The Change-Up, the umpteenth cinematic switcheroo comedy, certainly offers compelling evidence for this being “the worst of times.” Director David Dobkin (Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) now bears responsibility […]

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Captain America: The First Avenger

The rousing WWII origin of the leader of the earth’s Mightiest Heroes by T.T. Stern-Enzi For the uninitiated moviegoers out there who have enjoyed the two Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man installments with the ultra-hip and charismatic Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire weapons manufacturer behind the invincible iron mask, next summer’s plan to assemble the […]

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Beginners

Confronting emotional scars sets a son on the path to real love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Oliver (Ewan McGregor) shares his story with us. His father Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out in his 70s, after 44 years of marriage, after the death of Oliver’s mother and soon discovers that he has terminal cancer, which also killed […]

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Buck

The inspiration behind The Horse Whisperer treats animals as more than mere actors or pets by t.t. stern-enzi In the preface to the 1975 edition of Animal Liberation, ethics philosopher Peter Singer shared the story of an evening dinner party where the hostess was a keen lover of animals and quite interested in discussing his […]

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Michael Bay uses 3D to heighten the Michael Bay money shots in this finale by T.T. Stern-Enzi After being subjected to a scathing critical bashing for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (including harsh words from Megan Fox, one of the movie’s stars), Michael Bay apparently dedicated himself to cleaning up his act for the final […]

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Rubber and death tear up small screens

Late spring and early summer releases to challenge the tentpoles By T.T. Stern-Enzi To pull a quote from the poet laureate of Farmer’s Boulevard, L.L. Cool J, the DVD summer warm-up offers “destruction, terror and mayhem.” Death explodes, lurks in the shadows, leaves deep psychological cuts and makes killers of us all. After sampling this […]

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The Tree of Life

The poetics of nature vs. grace dominate Malick’s latest opus By  T.T.Stern-Enzi The film starts off with a bit of Scripture (Job 38:4, 7), which asks, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation … while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Where were we, indeed, […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]