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Commending Coffy

Pam Grier: The sexiest woman in the movie universe By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Pam Grier as Jackie Brown in “Jackie Brown,” 1997 Olive Films is releasing three classics of the Blaxploitation era—“Coffy” (1973), “Foxy Brown” (1974) and “Friday Foster” (1975)—featuring the undeniably tough and beautiful Pam Grier. As a child in the early 1970s, my […]

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Looking forward to ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

Love and sex in the twilight years By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Blythe Danner as Carol Petersen in “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B+ American cinema has a problem with depictions of the lives of mature (read: older) characters; though, to be completely honest, the point could be argued that the industry […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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‘Eat With Me’ asks us to break bread with diversity

New release explores the cultural dynamics in gender and sexual orientation By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Teddy Chen Culver as Elliot and Aidan Bristow as Ian in “Eat With Me” Sexual orientation provides the obvious protein punch in writer-director David Au’s debut feature, following his shorts “Fresh Like Strawberries” and “The Boxer,” but the real added […]

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‘Tomorrowland’ is a day and paradise lost

Brad Bird and George Clooney take audiences on an unfulfilling trip By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: George Clooney and Thomas Robinson as old and young Frank Walker in “Tomorrowland”; Rating: PG, Grade: C+ Is the world truly small after all? That’s the question that lingers with me days after watching Brad Bird’s new futuristic family-friendly fantasy. […]

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Not so far from modern sensibilities

Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy and finds modern parallels By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in “Far From the Madding Crowd”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) certainly has her wits about her; at least that sounds like something that might have been said of the character between the days […]

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‘Back to Life’: what’s a pet’s soul II soul?

What happens when animals return from the dead? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: A dog becomes a test subject for a neurotransmitter stimulant in “The Lazarus Effect” I need to start off by admitting that I am not much of a pet guy. I had fish for a hot minute as a kid, took care of […]

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Taking a ride on ‘The D Train’

Reunion allows a forgotten figure a chance at redemption By T.T. Stern-Enzi What does it say about our culture and society when watching the story of someone like Dan Landsman (Jack Black), a quintessential high school loser, a member of the invisible forgotten class, that we all seemingly automatically identify with him, especially as he […]

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The age of the Marvel?

Cross-platform releases could signal a shift in the Marvel narrative experience By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Expectations couldn’t be higher for the upcoming Marvel/Disney release “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” especially in light of this year’s front-loading of each month of […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]