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The Runaways – Translating the Female Punk Spirit from Music to Film

With The Runaways, music video director Floria Sigismondi trains her eye on the early days of punkish girl rockers as Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) hook up with producer impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) to set the stage for what would become the runaway success of women in the game of […]

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A Prophet

Gritty French prison drama keeps it real Malik (Tahar Rahim), 19 and facing a six-year stint in prison for assaulting police officers and a string of other crimes, is illiterate and without any family or friends on the outside. He has the feral intensity of a kid who has been living by his wits, staying […]

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Iron Man 2

Marvel sequel scraps the human drama for gearheaded action When it comes to sequels, the sins of the fathers (or the first films) tend to become the sins of the sons (the successive progeny). Nowhere is that more evident than in Jon Favreau’s follow-up to his comic book actioner seeking to introduce the Marvel crossover […]

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The Losers

Another graphic novel comes to life That ho-hum feeling sets in early on as the story of The Losers plays out before audiences. The crack team of special ops soldiers led by the dashing Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) featuring the hunky geek (Chris Evans), the hard-nosed second-in-command (Idris Elba), the transportation specialist (Columbus Short), and […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A new sensation leaves its mark on the globe How, here in the United States, do we gauge a global phenomenon, and in particular, a phenomenon that was not born within our borders? Let’s take The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for instance. The international bestselling mystery thriller written by the late Swedish writer/journalist Stieg […]

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The Secret of Kells

An old school blend of myth and magic holds real key to future of animation Rating: PG Grade: A Today, animation is all about photo-realism and three-dimensional effects. It is a visual medium, of course, and its target audience is younger and more jaded in a way because they have seen all that the frame […]

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Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn creates heroic layers of graphic pulp Rating: R Grade: A When Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) asks why no one has ever tried to be a real life superhero, the question, at first, sounds like the fantasies of a comic book geek a few years away from accepting the realities of life, as we […]

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The Point of Torture Porn

Examining the perverse fascination of sex and violence During the 2002 awards season, a screener tape of Gasper Noe’s Irreversible landed in my year-end review pile.  The film was set to play at The Esquire in Cincinnati at some undefined point, a decision I found highly unlikely given the critical buzz surfacing about a brutal […]

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Why Did I Get Married Too?

Tyler Perry tries to spin this soap brand into a box office cleaner Rating: PG-13 Grade: D When last we visited the Tyler Perry world of marriage (a world intriguingly devoid of Perry’s signature creation Madea), Sheila (Jill Scott) had kicked the womanizing Mike (Richard T. Jones) to the curb in favor of Colorado sheriff […]

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Ten for Ten – A Preview of the 2010 Dayton Jewish International Film Festival

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton kicks off the 10th installment of its annual international film festival Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute with the festival premiere of The Clown and The Fuhrer, which may inspire a vague sense of deja vu in audiences still basking in the afterglow of […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

News of the weird

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]