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    Toronto Review | Afghan on the Lam: "Essential Killing"

    So little happens in Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing" that it barely exists as a movie. Instead, the story of an escaped Taliban fighter (Vincent Gallo) wandering through the forests of Europe meanders along as a succession of scenes. At times engrossing and not without palpable suspense, it ...

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    Toronto Review | A Natural Museum In 3-D: Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

    In recent years, Werner Herzog's sly observations on the ways the universe in wondrously strange documentaries such as "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World" have taken on cult status apart from his existing place in the history of German cinema. Viral videos contain uncanny imitatio...

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    Waiting for Malick: Which Film Fest Will Debut Tree of Life?

    After not showing at Cannes or Venice, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life did screen at Telluride: but only six people saw the cut-down movie (two hours, 15 minutes) at two separate screenings for Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight, which landed the picture. The Tree of Life is inspiring rav...

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    TIFF Diary: Little White Lies Rips Off Big Chill, Mothers, Let Me In, Precious Life, 13 Assassins

    Meredith Brody scarfs up more of Toronto's eclectic foreign programming. I thought I was starting the day with a treat, a big hot fudge sundae of a movie, Little White Lies a drama of manners, as the catalogue has it, with a dozen of France’s starriest, most accomplished, and attractive actors – inc...

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    TIFF '10 Tidbits: "127 Hours."

    TIFF '10 Tidbits: "127 Hours."

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    Spout About: "Resident Evil: Afterlife" -- Still Following Alice in Zombieland?

    Taking in almost $28 million, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" ruled the box office over the weekend. It's the biggest opening yet for the franchise, though the 3D surcharges were obviously a factor. In fact, adjusted for the fee, attendance seems to be down compared to 2007's "Resident Evil: Extinction."...

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    TIFF Talk | "Conviction" Director Tony Goldwyn on Bringing True Story to Screen

    “Dramas, particularly female driven ones are hard to get made,” said “Conviction” director Tony Goldwyn, yesterday at Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE. He speaks from experience. It took Goldwyn a full nine years to complete working on “Conviction,” a true story account of a woman’s epic battle to ...

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    TIFF: Affleck Talks The Town

    After playing Venice and Toronto, Ben Affleck's sophomore directing effort The Town, in which he stars himself this time, opens Friday. It's a straightforward entertaining character-driven genre piece set in Boston based on a novel by Chuck Hogan about a Charlestown gang of bank robbers who are unde...

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    TIFF: IFC Picks Up Super-Hero Spoof Super, Starring Rainn Wilson

    IFC has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director James Gunn's super-hero spoof Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. I saw footage from this at Comic-Con; it looked like a comedic version of Kick-Ass (which topped out at $48 million in wide release). But then IFC has a ...

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    TIFF Diary: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Biutiful, The Edge

    The indefatigable Meredith Brody shifts gears from Telluride to Toronto without missing a beat.Even though journalists now get inundated with cascading press releases from Toronto -- carefully calibrated and beautifully orchestrated to arouse excitement (in both us and our eventual readers) -- that ...

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