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    TIFF11: "W.E." Has Gobs of Deliciously Wretched Cult Classic Potential

    Madonna’s absurd “W.E.” is the most marvelously wretched film I have seen in quite some time. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it falls into the “so bad it’s good” category. It’s simply fascinating in its terribleness. At first it’s sort of painful, establishing its abysmally ridiculous “Julie and Julia” style narrative and trying to shock a sympathetic reaction to its entirely unlovable characters. Yet as you pay closer attention, the little things become clearer. The rhythm of the film, in every aspect of its style, forms an oddball combination of intentional leitmotif and involuntary obsession. It builds “W.E.” into perhaps the most hilariou...

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    Bruce McDonald Attached To Direct The Supernatural Thriller 'Dark Highway'

    Damn, it must be a good day to be Canadian director Bruce McDonald.

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    TIFF Films 'Wuthering Heights,' 'The Lady' And 'Your Sister's Sister' All Find Distribution

    Plus IFC Take Genre Film 'The Incident' & Abel Ferrera's '4.44: Last Day On Earth'; Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'Many sites have been running stories about the initial buying drought at TIFF, but the situation looks as if it's turning around considerably as more deals are be...

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    Simply the Worst: The Coen Brothers' "The Ladykillers"

    Irony, as we all learned from Reality Bites, is when “the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning.” But what if the actual meaning isn’t so actual? What if instead it is frustratingly oblique, and not easily interpreted or understood? How, then, do we gauge the category, qua...

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    Criterion Offers Up Ernst Lubitsch's 'Design For Living' & 3 BluRay Upgrades For December

    December is traditionally a lean month for Criterion. With the holidays in full swing and dozens of other high profile holiday releases all battling on store shelves to be the stocking stuffer for the cinephile in your family, the boutique label has traditionally scaled back their releases. However,...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Butter' Tries To Carve Up Edgy Laughs But Goes Soft By The End

    A political satire set in the competitive world of butter-carving at the Iowa state fair, the script for "Butter" was so ballyhooed and praised of that it wound up on The Black List, the annual underground buzz list of unproduced screenplays based on a straw poll of agents, development executives an...

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    Whit Stillman Wants To Team Up Old Favorite Chris Eigeman & 'Damsels' Star Adam Brody For New Film

    Says Adaptation Of 'Red Azalea' Is Dead, But He May Yet Make A China-Set FilmConsidering how long he's been away -- thirteen years since his most recent film, "The Last Days of Disco" -- there was understandably some concern about the return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels in Distress." Had the dryly...

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    Denzel Washington Offered Lead In Pointless 'The Secret In Their Eyes' Remake

    In 2010 when "The Secret In Their Eyes" took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, it seemed totally out of left field. And for good reason, because while the Academy had all received screeners of the movie, it had yet to hit theaters for anybody else. But when it did finally arrive, it quickly became clear why Juan José Campanella's work took home the gold. It's a twisty thriller, an intelligent procedural and moving drama all rolled into one exciting package, directed with flair by Campanella, whose complex soccer match sequence/tracking shot became one of the major talking points around the film. Of course, Hollywood came calling and a rem...

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    TIFF11: "Coriolanus" Reminds Us Why We Loved Shakespeare in the First Place

    “Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself, and so shall starve with feeding.” Thus says Volumnia, Coriolanus’s mother, and in this particular adaptation the immensely powerful and portentous Vanessa Redgrave. The sentiment that “they just don’t write like that anymore” is often trite and ridiculous, but when it comes to Shakespeare it’s pretty accurate. If anything, this makes a cinematic adaptation even more difficult: how do you live up to such brilliant lines and artfully crafted narratives without the end result seeming more buoyed by the Bard himself than any of the filmmaker’s own vision. That’s why so many productions have gone with drastic ...

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    Michael Shannon Talks Madness, Working On A Budget & 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols

    Michael Shannon may have missed out on an Emmy nomination for his role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” but his anguished turn as Curtis LaForche in Jeff Nichols’ stunning “Take Shelter” should put the star squarely in the midst of Best Actor Oscar talk. (It should do the same for co-star Jessica Chasta...

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