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    Viggo Mortensen Talks The Road

    So many of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars seem like overgrown kids that the studios often turn to Brits and Aussies for their manly men. Viggo Mortensen, however, is that rare American actor who is both muscular and humane, tough and sensitive, fighter and lover. He seduces us with a threat of dang...

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    "Precious" Tops Toronto Winners

    Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" has taken top honors at the Toronto International Film Festival, becoming the first film in history to win audience awards at both Toronto and Sundance.

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    A Mother of a Festival

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    REVIEW | Uneven But Charming, "Informant!" Works On Basic Level

    With "The Informant!", Steven Soderbergh enforces a happy-go-lucky sensibility not unlike the hyperbolic punctuation in its title. Transporting the agreeable flow of his "Ocean's" series to a company espionage setting, the director turns a rather dry true life story of company conspiracies, embezzle...

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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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    TIFF#: Leaves of Grass Director Nelson Directs Two Nortons

    Like many indie films these days, Leaves of Grass (like Men Who Stare at Goats, a stoner comedy) rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of another project. Back in 2006, actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson (The Grey Zone), who is the kind of talented, responsible guy who tries to do the right thing a...

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