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WSU alum helps produce film about overcoming racial divisions By Jim Hannah Photo: Joe Knopp holds the movie poster for the feature film “Woodlawn”; photo: Will Jones When he was only 7 years old, Joe Knopp and his two sisters were trying to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. On Sundays, the three would slip […]

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Art house preview

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Small gems on the horizon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Natalie Portman stars in “Jane Got a Gun,” in theatres this February As soon as the ball dropped in Times Square, I (and every critic with a print outlet, blog or podcast) began thinking about what the year might have in store for film fans, once […]

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2015: Film

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Under the radar selections for 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in “Clouds of Sils Maria” Every year, there are simply too many releases for a hardworking critic like myself to take in, especially when you consider how many never reach our market. Thanks to festivals and an astonishing number […]

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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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Definition of a woman: Alicia Vikander from ‘The Danish Girl’

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The double Golden Globe nominee talks about womanhood By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl” One of the undeniable benefits of covering film—far outstripping the idea of watching hundreds of movies per year—is having the chance to engage in conversations with film professionals. It is an honor I refuse […]

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Lost ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Ron Howard valiantly strives to stay afloat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2013, during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, I settled upon a unique double feature, an intriguing two-fer from Ron Howard. The far more highly buzzed of the two films was “Rush,” his biopic examination of the relationship between James […]

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Being like Michael B. Jordan

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A rising star battles past stumbling blocks By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson in “Creed” Michael B. Jordan’s meteoric rise to fame has been quite charmed. Early on, he caught the attention of Bill Cosby (not exactly a calling card currently, but let’s not be prisoners of the moment) and earned […]

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The critical turkeys of 2015

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Taking a decidedly subjective look back at the miscues of the year By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Kevin James in “Mall Cop 2” Typically, I would rather not focus on the negative and problematic films of any given year for practical reasons. During the course of an average year, I watch close to 300 movies in […]

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An immigrant finds a new home in ‘Brooklyn’

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John Crowley’s film sings a lovely immigrant song By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis in “Brooklyn”; Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Cornel West, in the introduction to “The Cornel West Reader,” reminds us that what it means to be American—the heart of the American Dream—is an embrace of the right to “self-create,” to […]

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Understanding ‘Suffragette’ better through song

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Appreciating messages in other times and beats By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts in “Suffragette”; Rating: PG-13 Grade: B Following the preview audience screening of “Suffragette” I attended, I found myself driving around town, between appointments with an iTunes playlist cued to shuffle, and two songs that on the surface would seem […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]