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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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‘45 Years’ measures a marriage and finds it wanting

Does love conquer all? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Film, so rarely, takes the road less traveled. The journey I am speaking of, in this case, would be time and long-term relationships. From a narrative standpoint, filmmakers seem less likely to trust that audiences will appreciate the shorthand that develops between a couple over decades, the ability […]

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The true subject of ‘The Lady in the Van’

How a writer found himself in his interactions with someone else By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van;” Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ As a writer-critic, I embark on this examination of the new release from Nicholas Hytner (“The History Boys”), produced from a script by Alan Bennett, […]

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‘Where to Invade Next’ exposes glaring American Flaws

Documentarian Michael Moore makes his strongest case yet By T.T. Stern-Enzi Taking back the country and making America great again have been slogans and talking points throughout the Obama Presidency. There’s this deeply ingrained sense that the first black president has somehow steered the country off course, down a dangerous pathway that is completely antithetical […]

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Violence in our streets

Author Daniel Baker offers unique perspective on social unrest By Tim Walker “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” is a recently published book by local writer and retired Dayton Police Officer Daniel L. Baker. The book deals with timely subjects that easily could have been ripped from today’s […]

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Everybody wants ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

The third time is definitely the real rock ’em, sock ’em charm By T.T. Stern-Enzi What’s an awesome kung fu warrior to do once he has fended off the greatest threats to his crown and kingdom? Settle in for a little rest and relaxation, right? Well, maybe not. Especially if we’re talking about the adorable […]

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‘Anomalisa’ finds life in ordinary clay

Filmmakers use stop-motion animation to reveal hidden reservoirs of emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis, arrives in Cincinnati to take part in a conference. He is the author of a bestselling book on successful customer service practices, techniques that work based on their ability to help practitioners focus on establishing strong […]

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Without you

Remembering David Bowie and Alan Rickman By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: David Bowie in “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” (above) It might seem weirdly sacrilegious, in honoring the eclectic and alternative genius of David Bowie to focus on a track from Let’s Dance, his hugely successful 1983 release. Stranger still, for a film critic to do so, even […]

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What ‘Carol’ teaches us about the look of love

When a gaze is more than a gaze By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett star in “Carol” Early on in the Todd Haynes adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt” (later re-christened in honor of its lead character), when the highly charged meeting between the older Carol Aird (Cate […]

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From the ground up

WSU alum helps produce film about overcoming racial divisions By Jim Hannah Photo: Joe Knopp holds the movie poster for the feature film “Woodlawn”; photo: Will Jones When he was only 7 years old, Joe Knopp and his two sisters were trying to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. On Sundays, the three would slip […]

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Strings attached

Leesa Haapapuro teaches, creates in Dayton By Bill Franz Leesa Haapapuro’s studio is in the busiest and most colorful art […]

Time to do-tu-it

Dutoit Gallery offers member artists showcase space By Joyell Nevins When Adjunct Art Professor Colleen Kelsey approached colleague Glen Cebulash […]

Vitality Check: 5/3/16

Harmful if swallowed By Rocco Castellano Every now and then I get a wild hair up my ass to go […]

On Your Marc: 5/3/16

Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton […]

Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]