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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work. At the Neon

Documentary examines a year in the life of an icon through the night. by T.T. Stern-Enzi Just recently, I listened to an ESPN report about Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) playing for the Boston Celtics. The deal was supposedly on the verge of being signed, but the anchor compared the aging All-Star to the once-hip guy who […]

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The Town

This flick proves Ben Affleck is one smooth criminal. By T.T. Stern-Enzi There is a portion of Boston, the Charlestown area, that is known as a capital of sorts for criminal activity, so much so that, for instance, bank robbery is an occupation, an artisan trade handed down from father to son.  This seems to […]

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Going The Distance

This Date With Barrymore And Long Barely Makes It Through The Night By T.T. Stern-Enzi I was spoiled this time last year by Marc Webb who gave us 500 fractured days with Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in what was definitely not a love story, but darn it if I didn’t fall in love anyway, much like […]

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The American

European Sensibilities Dominate Anton Corbijn’s Frame Of Reference By T.T. Stern-Enzi In The American, an icy assassin (George Clooney) with no name (although he goes by either Jack or Edward, generically American monikers with allusions to the Kennedy clan) wanders into a series of elegantly composed frames by photographer cum filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, the […]

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

This ‘Girl’ Is Certainly A Hot Property By T.T. Stern-Enzi Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), now and forever to be known as The Girl, is the most intriguing fictional creation to come along in quite some time. How many cyber-hacker pixies with bisexual tendencies, photographic memories and extremely violent reactions to men who abuse women arrive […]

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Takers

Taking And Wasting Time Is A Crime By T.T. Stern-Enzi Life is sometimes unfair. I’m starting off with that terribly trite observation in order to justify my harsh and very likely unfair assessment of Takers, the new crime thriller from co-writer/director John Luessenhop (Lockdown with master thespian Master P). The movie goes out of its […]

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Get Low

Robert Duvall lays His Burden Down In Engaging Indie Dramedy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Based in part on the true story of a legendary Tennessee loner from the 1930s, Get Low starts with a fever dream, a house afire and a figure, a man who dives from an upper story window and staggers off as the […]

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The Switch

Miramax Pulls A Switcheroo On Audiences By T.T. Stern-Enzi Despite the fact that her post-Friends big screen career hasn’t exactly earned her any new friends or fans, Jennifer Aniston curiously continues to snag top billing. When was she ever a box office draw though? The Break-Up might qualify as a hit, but the laughs came […]

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So Far… So Good?

Assessing 2010′s Best Films, Performances Thus Far By T.T. Stern-Enzi As the summer days and the first half of the year slip away, the time is right for a recap of the best films so far before we dive into the rich cool waters of a prestigious fall season. Last year’s eventual Best Picture and […]

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Eat Pray Love

This Adaptation Proves How Hard It Is To Find Yourself By T.T Stern-Enzi During a summer season that has given us a duplicitous warrior woman (Salt), a normal teen girl torn between two mon-strous lovers (Twilight: Eclipse) and the rise of The Girl (Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and the serialized adaptations), the end arrives and it’s […]

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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 […]