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Melancholia

Lars von Trier artfully presents the end of the world By T.T. Stern-Enzi Jonathan Demme gave audiences Rachel Getting Married with its melodramatic depiction of the pre-wedding battle royale between two sisters and complex relationship matrix that weaves among the larger clan and nearly derails the celebration. There would be blood drawn, but there would […]

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The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas reunite for an obsessive skin-crawling affair By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: B+ An obsessively driven plastic surgeon named Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) painstakingly works on a secret project within his home laboratory. His aim is to develop synthetic skin that is impervious to basic diseases and offers a degree […]

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Hugo

The perfect not-for-children children’s film By T.T. Stern-Enzi Consider this review the disclaimer that should run before any and all screenings of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. This film is, first and foremost, not for children. It does not cater to a fast-fast digital generation of young viewers weaned on Japanese anime, shooter-style videogame perspectives or teen […]

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The Descendants

Alexander Payne looks ready to finally seize the acclaim and the gold that eluded him earlier By T.T. Stern-Enzi Matt King (George Clooney) comes from a distinct lineage. In terms of his own narrative, that of the new Alexander Payne film The Descendants, he is a modern-day land baron, the trustee of a family that […]

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

A star, by any name, is born By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: A- Writer-director Sean Durkin introduces Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) as a member of a commune, one of the compliant women who have surrendered to the domestic duties, the listless routine, the second-class status, and the waiting to share the bed of Patrick (John […]

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Gazing into the unknown

Handicapping the awards season with many unseen films on the horizon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Prepare ye, screen gazers, for the precious time is nigh! It will come in a fast and furious assault, between now and the end of the year, a rush of releases will vie for the attentions of holiday audiences for box […]

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Take Shelter

Finding shelter in the comfort and care of Jessica Chastain By T.T. Stern-Enzi It is time to take Jessica Chastain seriously. Forget the offensive she has launched on theaters in 2011 – The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Wilde Salome and Texas Killing Fields, the final three titles have been […]

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Paranormal Activity 3

Annual horror show provides a sense of normalcy to the audience By T.T. Stern-Enzi Things go bump in the night and a camera records the deeds – the “what” of the action, but not exactly the “how” or the “why.” We function under the belief that if we can see — if we have visual […]

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Various journeys along The Way

Writer-director Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen take to the road By T.T. Stern-Enzi The pilgrimage has many names – El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James is the rough English translation), which gets shortened to El Camino or The Way – and the route that leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela […]

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Footloose

Someone should have cut this Craig Brewer remake loose By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13, Grade: D+ The barn door has completely blown off the hinges in this big twister of activity and touched down in the raging river far from home, but it is now time, in the aftermath of this storm of Hollywood remakes, […]

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Restless

Smells like teen spirits dealing with grief in Van Sant’s latest By T.T. Stern-Enzi Enoch (Henry Hopper) attends funerals and memorial services of people he’s never met; you can spot him a mile off. He’s wearing the suitably hipster black suit with a pocket chain, his blunt blond cut just so, and his hangdog expression […]

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TIFF 2011: Worth the wait

Film and the city keep the crowds lining up for more each year By T.T. Stern-Enzi For the third year in a row, I have attended the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and for the second year, I have spent Saturday in a limbo-like state, waiting as my precision-timed schedule slips […]

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LGBT spotlight: Documenting life stories

Documentary features at the 6th Annual LGBT Film Festival focus on full life experiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi The final full weekend in September marks the 6th annual running of the Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival (September 23-25) and again the event, hosted through a partnership between the Downtown Priority Board and the Neon, mixes genres […]

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Drive

Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn drive into Hollywood’s past By T.T. Stern-Enzi Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn. Audiences should get used to seeing these names together because this could be the start of a beautiful collaborative relationship. It would be one based on a love, real love of movies — good, gritty, Hollywood […]

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The killers inside the television

Opportunities to root for the killers and those in touch with their sensibilities By T.T. Stern-Enzi What has Jim Thompson wrought? One of the best writers in the crime genre published “The Killer Inside Me” in 1952, and the book became an underground classic. The protagonist, Lou Ford, was a small town Texas deputy sheriff […]

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The Debt

Post-Holocaust thriller pays off a debt in more than pedestrian fashion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R, Grade: B Film opens up infinite possibilities to the audience; the best are the what-ifs that transport us out and away from the narrative before us, into worlds of alternatives, with no debts at all to the reality and […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]