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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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Another Earth

Speculative science fiction that explores the uncharted recesses of human emotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi The discovery of a new planet – and a very close one at that, in every way implied – in the cosmos triggers a poetic reflection, a tragic inciting incident, that unleashes the “what if” potential that makes science fiction so […]

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Rethinking “The Help”

How to read the critical response to The Help By T.T. Stern-Enzi In last week’s issue of Cincinnati’s CityBeat (August 10 – 16, 2011), I gave The Help a D and referred to having “intimate connections to the subject” that influenced my objectivity. It seems many others, both critics and regular moviegoers brought their own […]

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Page One: Inside The New York Times

A look at the battle to maintain a (presumed to be dying) standard of the times Rating: R, Grade: A By T.T. Stern-Enzi   New Media, as opposed to the lower-cased version, which generally is about software applications rather than hardware that requires more seismic cultural investments, generates anxiety and fear, a healthy reaction, at […]

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The Change-Up

Flip the switch on switched personality comedies, please By T.T. Stern-Enzi Charles Dickens was half-right in his imminently quotable introduction to “A Tale of Two Cities” because The Change-Up, the umpteenth cinematic switcheroo comedy, certainly offers compelling evidence for this being “the worst of times.” Director David Dobkin (Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) now bears responsibility […]

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Captain America: The First Avenger

The rousing WWII origin of the leader of the earth’s Mightiest Heroes by T.T. Stern-Enzi For the uninitiated moviegoers out there who have enjoyed the two Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man installments with the ultra-hip and charismatic Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire weapons manufacturer behind the invincible iron mask, next summer’s plan to assemble the […]

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Beginners

Confronting emotional scars sets a son on the path to real love By T.T. Stern-Enzi Oliver (Ewan McGregor) shares his story with us. His father Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out in his 70s, after 44 years of marriage, after the death of Oliver’s mother and soon discovers that he has terminal cancer, which also killed […]

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