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‘Beatriz’ seeks to redefine privilege

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Creative team Arteta and White pen the 1st ode to the age of Trump Photo: Connie Britton as Cathy (left) and Salma Hayek as Beatriz in ‘Beatriz at Dinner’  Rating: R; Grade: B+ By T.T. Stern-Enzi When did “privilege” become such a negative buzzword? I suppose it was always there in the definition, which speaks […]

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‘All Eyez’ tries to see too much

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The life of Tupac Shakur could have meant so much more in focus photo: Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur in ‘All Eyez On Me’  Rating: R; Grade: C- By T.T. Stern-Enzi A sense of inevitability looms over Benny Boom’s account of the life of Tupac Shakur. Just last summer in “Straight Outta Compton,” director […]

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Human nature hides under the cover of night

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Filmmaker Trey Edward Shults explores the dark side of the soul Photo: Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis in ‘It Comes Out At Night’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi To paraphrase the Prince song “The Future” from the “Batman” soundtrack, I’ve seen the future of my 2017 top 10 list and the new Trey Edward Shults release, “It […]

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The curious mystery of Rachel Weisz

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The perfectly cast thespian owns the screen in ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Photo: Rachel Weisz as Rachel Ashley in ‘My Cousin Rachel’  Rating: PG-13; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi Daphne Du Maurier, the noted and quite popular British novelist, wrote genre fiction that has been translated to the screen several times over the years. Alfred Hitchcock adapted […]

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Taking pride in a few reflective poses

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Seeing and being seen is what it’s all about Photo: Laura Spencer as Carrie (left) and Velinda Godfrey as Lauren in ‘Heartland’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Sometimes, breaking news turns out to be a cheap and exploitative tease to garner attention. Often, what is hyped as breaking and up-to-the-minute is a glaringly obvious fact to anyone […]

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The teasing discovery of ‘Handsome Devil’

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When will boys finally allowed to be boys? Photo: Fionn O’Shea as Ned (left) and Nicholas Galitzine as Conor in ‘Handsome Devil,’ screening at The Neon May 31 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every school—public or private, in the U.S. or comparable settings abroad—has students like Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine). Ned is the awkwardly […]

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‘Everything, Everything’ fails to make us believe

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Romantic drama lacks powerful, grounding fantasy elements By T.T. Stern Enzi Photo: Amandla Stenberg as Maddy in her hermetically sealed home from ‘Everything, Everything,’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: D- There is a line between fantasy and make believe, not quite what you could call all that “fine” a distinction, either. Fantasy requires an investment, a whole-hearted […]

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Enduring the rancor of ‘The Dinner’

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Writer-director Oren Moverman assaults our sensibilities with ideological posturing Photo: (l-r) Steve Coogan as Paul, Laura Linney as Claire, Richard Gere as Stan, and Rebecca Hall as Kate in ‘The Dinner’ Rating: R; Grade: B By T.T. Stern-Enzi “The Dinner” challenges assumed political and cultural sensibilities, presenting a progressive history teacher named Paul Lohman (Steve Coogan) […]

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Wartime brings out ‘Their Finest’ to rally the home front

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Period romantic drama employs deft humor to tip the scales By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole (left) and Bill Nighy as Ambrose Hilliard in ‘Their Finest’ Rating: R; Grade: B Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has been an international festival darling for most of her career, racing out of the gate with her […]

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The 2017 Big Lens Film Festival

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The annual student film showcase gets bigger and brighter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ian Ashwell and Leah Byrd (right) in the web series Hot & Bothered, written and directed by Byrd Just a couple months ago, I employed the bully pulpit of this space to preach the gospel of film shorts, promoting the stellar slate […]

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High times and personal lows define ‘Colossal’

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The rampaging monster as an avatar for what becomes of the broken-hearted By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Anne Hathaway as Gloria in ‘Colossal’ Rating: R; Grade: B What’s with all of the hate heaped on Anne Hathaway? My inquiring mind needs to know what the hell is going on. I mean, she’s an Academy Award-winning actress […]

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Kristen Stewart sells horror in ‘Personal Shopper’

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Director Olivier Assayas finds a new muse Photo: Kristen Stewart as Maureen in ‘Personal Shopper’ Rating: R; Grade: B+   Horror, as a genre, has undergone a series of fairly rapid changes over the last decade. Thankfully, we’ve seen a transition away from the excesses of torture porn—the final nail in that coffin may have come […]

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Captured color

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A ‘Contemporary’ discussion with documentarian Turner Ross By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Documentarian Turner Ross captures the vibrant performances of color guard teams across America in ‘Contemporary Colors’ There are certain cultural activities that seem to speak to and represent regional or group-specific values. Drumlines, step teams, and cheerleading come to mind, and these activities also […]

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The importance of watching ‘The Last Word’

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Director Mark Pellington makes watching an active and vital function By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: (l-r) Amanda Seyfried as Anne, Shirley MacLaine as Harriet, and AnnJewel Lee Dixon as Brenda in ‘The Last Word’ Rating: R; Grade: B-     Movies are a visual medium, but rarely do they focus on the acting of watching and […]

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Surviving ‘The Belko Experiment’

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ helmer James Gunn dips his quill in blood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: John Gallagher Jr. as Mike Milch in ‘The Belko Experiment’ Grade: R; Rating: B+ I take notes during screenings. It is part of a creative and critical exercise, allowing me to document impressions that, truth be told, I rarely […]

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In ‘Kedi,’ cats inspire new levels of humanity

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Watch the culture of Istanbul through feline devotion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Gamsiz, or ‘The Player,’ one of Istanbul’s featured cats in ‘Kedi’ Rating: Unrated; Grade: A   Every so often, I feel the need to make disclosures at the start of reviews, to own up to personal biases that might skew my takes on […]

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