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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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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 […]