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    REVIEW | Succeeding On Her Own Terms: Samantha Morton's "The Unloved"

    Actors directing features at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival tackled wildly different material, but each displayed an attempt to try something ambitious. Maybe hanging around in front of the camera engenders a desire to figure out its boundaries, or perhaps veterans of the set simp...

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    Werner Explains It All: 10 Herzogian Insights

    Werner Herzog has been the subject of much curiosity at the Toronto Film Festival. He has two films - both centered around policeman - screening at the festival in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done." The former received considerable media attention...

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    REVIEW | The Horrors of Bearing Witness: Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death"

    War movies produced by commercial film industries have a tendency to show any given conflict not as it is or was, but as the side footing the bill for the film would like for it have been. The essential moral irony of war — that acts that would be considered revoltingly inhumane if committed in the...

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    REVIEW | Campion's Prudish "Star" Needs More Sizzle

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is being released in theaters today.

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    REVIEW | Cedric the Entertainer: Cedric Klapisch’s “Paris”

    The films of Cedric Klapisch are easy to dismiss. They seem a bit too slick of surface and shallow of meaning. They’re comfortably tucked between entertainment and art, between slumming intelligence and vainglorious style. They go down easy. Klapisch hasn’t the formal genius of contemporary countrym...

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    REVIEW | Interpersonal Lyricism: An Exciting Filmmaker Is Born With "Mother"

    Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" marks the emergence of an exciting new filmmaking talent. The Montreal actor, a mere 20 years old, displays a startlingly mature perspective on human behavior in his triple threat position as writer-director-star. He plays Hubert, a gay teen constantly at odds wit...

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    "Single Man" Sells Overnight; Toronto Buzzes at Fest Midpoint

    In a deal reminiscient of last year's swift Toronto sale of "The Wrestler," CAA staged an all night negotiation, selling U.S. and German rights for Tom Ford's "A Single Man" to The Weinstein Company after the film's first fest screening here. TWC will release the film this year, making it an immedia...

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    IFC Makes First Major Toronto Deal

    IFC Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Nicolas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising," marking the first pick-up by a major U.S. specialty distributor during the Toronto Film Festival. The film - which premiered this past Friday - is Danish filmmaker Refn's follow-up to "Bronson." It sta...

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    REVIEW | "Superbad" Meets "Fight Club": "Revolt" Hints At Cera's Versatility

    "Youth in Revolt" stars Michael Cera as a hyper-intelligent 16-year-old virgin desperate to escape his bubble of a boring life. If that description sounds familiar, it's because the "Arrested Development" star has done this routine before. But he does it well, and this charming romantic comedy offer...

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    Eugene Hernandez: DIY v. DIWO

    Toronto, Canada, September 14, 2009 -- How many of you have blogs? How many of you are on Twitter, on Facebook, or are curating a film series? Those are the questions that indie producer Ted Hope asked yesterday at a film financing conference here at the Toronto International Film Festival. He's cer...

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