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    Toronto Review: 'The Bay,' Barry Levinson's Stab at Eco-Horror, Is Scarier Than It Looks

    The Bay" contains a more advanced collage of media than one usually finds in the found footage genre.

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    Fair Use or Theft?: Rodney Ascher's 'Room 237' vs. Warner Bros.' 'The Shining'

    "Room 237" first screens at the Toronto film festival Thursday, September 13, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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    Joss Whedon on What 'Much Ado About Nothing' Has in Common With 'The Avengers'

    After wrapping principal production on "The Avengers," you'd think the tireless Joss Whedon would take a much deserved break. Instead (with a push from his wife, Kai Cole), the writer-director-producer invited a group of friends over to his sprawling home to make a modern day film adap...

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    Melissa Leo, Melanie Shatzky and Brian Cassidy On Blending Documentary With Fiction in 'Francine,' and the "Silent Dance" Between Actor and Director

    In the last few years, Melissa Leo has played a woman driven by poverty to human smuggling in Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," and claimed an Oscar for her turn as the chain-smoking boxing matriarch Alice Ward in David O. Russell's "The Fighter." On a recent episode of comedian Louis C.K.'s show "Lou...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Iceman'

    The historical background for "The Iceman" is the killing spree of hitman Richard Kuklinksi, a hired gun for the Gambino crime family from the fifties through the eighties, and the droll suburban existence he lived during that time with his clueless family. As Kuklinski, Michael Shannon easily fits the creepy lunatic role, but Winona Ryder's bland turn as the killer's wife epitomizes the lifeless trajectory of this cold portrait. When the movie begins, Kuklinski has already displayed his psychopathic tendencies by killing people when he's off-duty. For a while, director Ariel Vromen manages to hold some interest by fo...

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    Toronto Review: Neil Jordan's Vampire Drama 'Byzantium' Is an Elegant Alternative to 'Twilight'

    Contemporary cinema has featured a fair share of young, attractive vampires in recent years, but Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" stands out for exploring that subject with a mixture of intelligence and gravitas.

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    Wavelengths at Toronto 2012: The Big Experimental Tent

    Efficiency was one force behind the amalgamation of the Visions and Wavelengths sections of the Toronto International Film Festival into one Wavelengths section this year.

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    Project of the Day: A Man Falls in Love on the Way Down

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

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    'The Sapphires,' 'The Oranges' and 'Seven Psychopaths' to Headline San Diego Film Festival

    The 11th annual San Diego Film Festival returns this month with over 100 screenings, panel discussions and nightly cinematic celebrations throughout the Gaslamp District. The titles of the festival's Headline and Premiere films were officially released Wednesday, and the lineup includes 11 ...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'A Liar's Autobiography -- The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman'

    Even dedicated Monty Python fans might be surprised to learn some of the details revealed about the private exploits of the late Graham Chapman in this innovative take on the non-fiction biopic form. Largely consisting of animation created by 14 different studios and 17 varying styles, "A Liar's Autobiography" uses audio recordings Chapman made for his memoir prior to his death in 1989 for an ongoing voiceover track. As Chapman tracks his progress from an uninspiring adolescence to his burgeoning homosexuality and alcoholism, the wildly schizophrenic narrative gives the impression that it stems directly from the dead Python&#...

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