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Splice

Indie melds sci-fi horror and family dynamics to great effect Forget cloning; that’s what Splice, the new film from Vincenzo Natali, wants because cloning is so five years ago. The new genetic horizon is gene splicing. What happens when scientists merge various animal DNA strands and create new breeds, which is far more intriguing to […]

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The Secret In 
Their Eyes

Argentina’s Oscar winner no longer a secret in the U.S. At first glance, Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award winner (Best Foreign Language) looks like a television procedural, Law & Order: Buenos Aires. Writer-director Campanella certainly has the background for the procedural elements here. In fact, he has directed episodes of The Guardian and House as […]

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Critic’s Pick – Patrik, Age 1.5

Patrik, Age 1.5 screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and attracted attention for its smart, funny take on gay adoption and homophobia. Goran (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Sven (Torkel Petersson), a Swedish couple, anxiously await the arrival of their 15-month old adoptee, but are shocked to find Patrik (Thomas Ljungman), a 15-year old homophobic […]

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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]