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Rubber and death tear up small screens

Late spring and early summer releases to challenge the tentpoles By T.T. Stern-Enzi To pull a quote from the poet laureate of Farmer’s Boulevard, L.L. Cool J, the DVD summer warm-up offers “destruction, terror and mayhem.” Death explodes, lurks in the shadows, leaves deep psychological cuts and makes killers of us all. After sampling this […]

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The Tree of Life

The poetics of nature vs. grace dominate Malick’s latest opus By  T.T.Stern-Enzi The film starts off with a bit of Scripture (Job 38:4, 7), which asks, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation … while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Where were we, indeed, […]

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Bicycle Dreams

An inspiring human Race Across America By  T.T.Stern-Enzi This year, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary run of the Race Across America (RAAM), a grueling bicycle endurance race that finds only the toughest and craziest cyclists eager to risk their physical health and their psychological stamina on this 3,000-mile trek from California to a destination somewhere […]

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen loves Jazz-Age Paris By  T.T.Stern-Enzi Back in 2002 during the junket for I Spy, Owen Wilson appeared distracted. As he fielded questions he took long pauses and the twinkle in his eyes hinted at unspoken responses, tales he could have told but knew better than to share because it was likely we jaded […]

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Non-bummer Summer picks

A discriminating preview of the summer of 2011 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Hollywood has been trying to convince audiences the summer movie season starts in late April/early May for years now, and the 2011 line-up definitely supports this not-so-clever box office stratagem. And that’s all it is – a power play to lure ticket buyers into […]

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The Beaver

Mel Gibson lets a puppet do all the talking in Jodie Foster’s latest outing By T.T. Stern-Enzi Mel Gibson is not a half-assed kind of guy. He’s all in. To paraphrase Mae West, “When he’s good, he’s very good,” but when he’s bad, he’s good and crazy. It seems this applies to both his life […]

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In a Better World

Susanne Bier’s Best Foreign Language winner examines life and how we live it By T.T. Stern-Enzi The very first essay in contemporary (and highly controversial) philosopher Peter Singer’s collection, Writings on an Ethical Life, questions the authority of “moral experts,” and as a layperson, I was struck by what seems to be the fundamental idea […]

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I Am

Ace Ventura director Tom Shadyac searches for the meaning of life By T.T. Stern-Enzi How do you go from directing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty (and its sequel Evan Almighty) to a documentary like I Am, which captures a spiritual and intellectual journey to find meaning in the world? If you […]

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‘Of Gods and Men’

Co-writer and director Xavier Beauvois explores the question of human brotherhood in crisis Rating: R Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi In an impoverished Algerian community, a small group of Trappist monks, led by Brother Christian (Lambert Wilson), stare into the face of fundamentalist terror and begin to question both their mission and their faith. In […]

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Come Again?

The Second Coming in the Age of Sequels & Reboots By T.T. Stern-Enzi Has The Greatest Story Ever Told ever been remade, rebooted or turned into a series of sequels? That question doesn’t refer directly to the 1965 George Stevens epic, which was a a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ from his birth […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/25

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

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 […]

Worth your salt

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

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; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]