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Accompanied at the Top

Top 10 films of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year’s top 10 list feels a bit incomplete due to the nature of the release schedule in the Midwest. Studios frantically scramble to offer screenings or screeners for critics to consider films that may not play in their markets until early the following year, if […]

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Discovering the Gifts of the Movie Magi

Local film critic turned professional secret Santa this holiday By T.T. Stern-Enzi The prestigious awards season has dropped an early bounty on a number of films that have already come and gone from area theaters.  The Hollywood Foreign Press (“The Golden Globes”), the New York Film Critics and the swelling ranks of other city and […]

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The latest tale of Narnia struggles to find its way By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG  Grade: B- As with the “Harry Potter” series, I feel it is best to open with an admission. I have never read any of the C.S. Lewis books, although I have more than a dim awareness of the Christian allegorical […]

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Black Swan

Natalie Portman takes flight in this psychological thriller By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A+ Natalie Portman is all grown up and the proof is in her searing portrayal of the innocent perfectionist Nina in Darren Aronofsky’s intense exploration into the dark heart of a rising ballerina. As Nina, Portman embraces, to the fullest, the […]

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When the Tourist Isn’t the Tourist

New espionage thriller charts a different European adventure By T.T. Stern-Enzi Milo Weaver, a CIA black-ops field agent known as a “Tourist” in the trade, is a late-30-something man without a home base or colleagues he can really trust, who meets an American (an actual tourist) while in the middle of a mission. Six years […]

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Stieg Larsson’s millennium trilogy stings to the very end By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R   Grade: A- Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), the heroine of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling series of thrillers, recuperates from near fatal wounds, inflicted in the previous installment (“The Girl Who Played With Fire”) by her father, Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov), Sweden’s prized Soviet […]

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An Interview with Sasha Waters Freyer

Director of “Chekhov for Children” revisits her past and finds Chekhovian parallels in the present By T.T.Stern-Enzi During the late 1970s, Philip Lopate (“Being with Children,” a memoir based on his teaching career), challenged a group of fifth and sixth graders in New York City at PS 75 in his writing program (part of the […]

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Tangled

The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a new spin By T.T.Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: B+ A handsome rogue gets rehabilitated. A trapped princess regains her freedom and her throne. Swashes get buckled.  Derrying gets done. A wicked enchantress reverts back to her ugly roots. And there’s a little song and dance thrown into the mix that […]

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127 Hours

Danny Boyle emerges from the slums with another million-dollar extravaganza By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: A As is the case with large-scale events like a film festival (in this case the Toronto International Film Festival) with simultaneous segments and thousands of participants spread out over several locations, things can go horribly awry. A series of […]

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FAIR GAME

Doug Liman goes searching for the truth in this real world spy game By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- Walking out of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film that set off the Brangelina phenomenon, I felt like the lone voice in the audience screaming for everything that was missing in that overly explosive affair. […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]