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North Dixie Drive

Eric Mahoney directs this scenic view of a local by-way By T. T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2005 when Sufjan Stevens released Illinois following up Michigan, the 2003 disc dedicated to his home state, an eager indie music media anticipated a 50-state song cycle exploring the American landscape. It would have been a bold and imaginative […]

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I Love You, Phillip Morris

All Jim Carrey wants is to be loved By T. T. Stern-Enzi I Love You, Phillip Morris might have been the best love story of 2010. So what if it was based on the true story of Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), a happily married local police officer who forsakes his conventional life after a car […]

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The Outsider behind ‘Cedar Rapids’

Director Miguel Arteta has the last laugh By T. T. Stern-Enzi In what might be the funniest scene thus far in film, Ron Wilkes (Isiah Whitlock Jr. of later Spike Lee and “The Wire” fame), playing a nerdy Midwestern insurance salesman, bumrushes his way into a raucous house party to rescue wayward cohort Tim Lippe […]

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Biutiful

Inarritu sets off on a new filmmaking journey By T. T. Stern-Enzi With “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams” and “Babel,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga forged a collaborative filmmaking partnership that generated stories grounded in a triptych structure that deconstructed time and narrative form into piercing slivers of emotional diamonds. And for their efforts, […]

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Has a decade of diversity come to an end?

‘For Colored girls’ (and other Folks) Who continue to Feel Invisible When Searching For Onscreen Reflections By T. T. Stern-Enzi There have always been urban films, from the black exploitation films of the 1970s to the comic movies that capitalized on stand-up performers transitioning to the mainstream to the hood action dramas infused with hip […]

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‘Rabbit Hole’

‘Rabbit Hole’ treats the addictive power of grief By T.T. Stern-Enzi From the start, “Rabbit Hole” seems to be looking up at the world from a position of frustration and regret. Suburbia is a place of artificial security, away from the harsh urban reality, an unsettling dreamscape we pretend does not share a border with […]

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Lesser-known love stories

Bonus Features: Recent DVD releases to bring home this February By T.T. Stern-Enzi Erich Segal is best known as the author of “Love Story,” the sentimental weeper starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw with the classic line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  Segal, a Yale contemporary of Tommy Lee Jones and Vice […]

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Another Year

Leslie Manville makes “Another Year” more than just another Mike Leigh production By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A There is a particular genius to the filmmaking process of Mike Leigh. The celebrated British director of “Life is Sweet,” “Secrets & Lies,” “Vera Drake” and “Happy-Go-Lucky” is famous for drafting story and character outlines and […]

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Blue Valentine

A dark bluesy ode to love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ “No Strings Attached” captured hearts and the opening weekend box office by giving audiences the same old, same old vision of love, which, in the end, isn’t really about love at all. Love doesn’t live at the multiplex; the reflection of it that […]

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Fragmentation of the audience

The ongoing evolution and culture of movie watching. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Once upon a time, people watched movies in movie theaters as a collective whole. We paid a few pennies for silent films with cowboys hijacking stagecoaches and the thrill of watching a man fire a gun straight at us, worrying, if only for a second, […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]