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An Interview with Sasha Waters Freyer

Director of “Chekhov for Children” revisits her past and finds Chekhovian parallels in the present By T.T.Stern-Enzi During the late 1970s, Philip Lopate (“Being with Children,” a memoir based on his teaching career), challenged a group of fifth and sixth graders in New York City at PS 75 in his writing program (part of the […]

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Tangled

The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a new spin By T.T.Stern-Enzi Rating: PG Grade: B+ A handsome rogue gets rehabilitated. A trapped princess regains her freedom and her throne. Swashes get buckled.  Derrying gets done. A wicked enchantress reverts back to her ugly roots. And there’s a little song and dance thrown into the mix that […]

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127 Hours

Danny Boyle emerges from the slums with another million-dollar extravaganza By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R Grade: A As is the case with large-scale events like a film festival (in this case the Toronto International Film Festival) with simultaneous segments and thousands of participants spread out over several locations, things can go horribly awry. A series of […]

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FAIR GAME

Doug Liman goes searching for the truth in this real world spy game By T.T Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A- Walking out of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film that set off the Brangelina phenomenon, I felt like the lone voice in the audience screaming for everything that was missing in that overly explosive affair. […]

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INSIDE JOB

Documentarian Charles Ferguson takes us inside the financial collapse of 2008 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13 Grade: A After all of the nuclear partisan politics of the mid-term election cycle, it is time for some clear-eyed realism, something that resembles the truth to shake our belief that one side or the other has all the […]

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Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams makes her move into the big leagues By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: PG-13  Grade: B Rachel McAdams has been on the cusp of distinction in Hollywood, a fast-tracking It-Girl with that rare combination of charm and chops, enough to have oddly enough relegated her thus far to limbo. Those in the know took note […]

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For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry transforms an award-winning choreopoem into conventional melodrama By  T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: D+ When the greenlight buzz first traveled along the wire, there was surprise and concern regarding Lionsgate’s decision to turn Ntozake Shange’s Tony award-winning choreopoem over to an urban moralist like Tyler Perry, a filmmaker who has certainly made money […]

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Preserving Liberty Film Festival

Ohio Liberty Film Festival Begins On Veteran’s Day By J.T. Ryder The dream of liberty is a rather delicately elusive concept with an imagery that carries a weighty faith and conviction within many people’s hearts. It is true that most people do not realize what liberties they have been afforded until they are taken away. […]

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Film Review ‘Nowhere Boy’

A Terrific Portrait Of The Young John Lennon By T.T. Stern-Enzi With Nowhere Boy, conceptual artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood takes audiences back to the early nowhere days of John Lennon (Aaron Johnson), as he chafes under the seemingly loveless rule of his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who wants to see that the boy […]

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Film Review ‘Waiting For Superman’

Who Can Save The U.S. Educational System? By. T.T. Stern-Enzi Education recently topped the national news spotlight thanks, in part, to the resignation of Washington, DC Education Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the controversial figure, appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty at the start of his term, to overhaul a failing system and possibly serve as an example […]

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DVD Reviews

Shakespeare, A Salute To The ’80s And More By T.T. Stern-Enzi DVD and Blu-Ray releases transport viewers back in time. The shifts can be recent – reflections off the multiplex screens from a few months ago to repeats of a just passed television season – or generational jaunts into unfamiliar ages. For a classic journey, […]

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Film Review ‘Jackass 3D’

Another Round Of Sick, Mindless Pranks By T.T. Stern-Enzi I’m grading on a curve here, which I’m owning upfront for I have never been much of a fan of either the MTV television show or the two previous films from Johnny Knoxville and his crew of insanely stupid stuntsters. However, this time around, I was […]

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Film Review ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Sranger’

The Return Of Woody Allen By T.T. Stern-Enzi It seems now that if you wander the streets of any major city outside the United States, you run the risk of bumping into the displaced New York City neuroses of Woody Allen or his ever-changing cast of dopplegangers. I have to say I believe his head […]

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Living City Film Festival

Film Critic’s Pick By Russell Florence, Jr. The Living City Film Festival returns to the Neon Movies next week. The five-week festival will salute the work of Jeff Bridges, who received the Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year for his acclaimed performance in Crazy Heart. The festival begins Monday, October 18 with The […]

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Film Review ‘Never Let Me Go’

Despite Talent Across The Board This Film Never Takes Hold By T.T. Stern-Enzi Author and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later) knows how to create tension and an almost existential sense of dread from nothing more than the dark and murky thoughts inside the echo chamber of the mind. So, a film collaboration […]

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Film Review ‘RED’

Retired Spies Are Far From Retiring By T.T. Stern-Enzi Paul Moses, retired covert CIA operative, a man with too much knowledge about what happened to the bodies buried all over the world, sprang from the mind and graphic novel frames of Warren Ellis, as a ruthless killer, efficient and deadly like the ronin, samurai who […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]