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    Michael Moore: "The true believers of socialism in America are the Wall Street executives"

    "I think capitalism in general is responsible for a lot of the misery in America and around the world - but maybe it's on steroids in America," Michael Moore told a group of journalists this morning at the Toronto International Film Festival where his film, "Capitalism: A Lov...

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    REVIEW | Simplistically Charming "Capitalism" Doesn't Quite Add Up

    Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" delivers the documentarian's standard mix of historical survey and stunt activism with a simplistic charm. Focusing on mortgage foreclosure sales and other beasts of the recession, Moore aims for a universal rallying call to action. He strings police tape around Wall Street buildings and jokingly attempts to make citizen arrests of financial top dogs. These stunts are counteracted by Moore's attention to dramatic personal stories and basically compelling overviews of the current economic climate. As a result, "Capitalism" alternates between comedic playfulness and one-dimensional investigative journa...

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    REVIEW | Hamburg with Cheese: Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen"

    German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's penchant for plot contrivance and convolution would seem to have found the perfect fit in the high-decibel comic confection "Soul Kitchen." Appropriately broad (as opposed to his last film, "The Edge of Heaven," which could have used more subtlety in place of its narrative glibness), Akin's new one, concerning a young man's desperate attempts to keep his roadside restaurant open and thriving amidst many setbacks, is overstuffed, more than a little too pleased with itself, yet often winning. As far as European comedies go, it's fairly by the numbers, assembling a motley crew of emphatically crazy characters...

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    REVIEW | Egoyan's Accidental Black Comedy "Chloe" Succeeds as Guilty Pleasure

    Part film noir, part unintentional B-movie parody, Atom Egoyan's "Chloe" is a weirdly compelling expansion of the themes permeating the director's work. Marred by an uneven screenplay, numerous implausibility issues and oddly dry, moody performances, it nevertheless maintains a basic guilty pleasure...

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    Liesl Copland: "Dear theater owners, fear not - you are not going anywhere"

    I'm Liesl Copland from William Morris Endeavor's Global Finance & Distribution Group, and am honored to be here at the inaugural Toronto Film Festival Documentary Conference. When Thom [Powers] asked me to come and talk to you about what I think about all day long - where, in this CHANGED world are...

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    Buyer's Guide: 146 Films For Sale In Toronto

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today with the potential for a lot of deals to go down over its ten day duration. One hundred and forty-six premieres could result in acquisition for major territories, with over 3,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival a...

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    REVIEW | Climax First, then the Build Up: Ozon Finds Satisfaction in "Refuge"

    Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge" begins where most movies climax. It opens with junkie Parisian couple Mousse (Isabelle Carre) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) overdosing on heroin in weary ecstasy. The next morning, Louis dies; when Mousse wakes up in a coma, she's single and pregnant. Retreating to a quiet home in the countryside, she settles into a lonely existence. Louis's brother Paul (Louis-Ronan Choisy) pays her a visit, introducing a new chance for Mousse to obtain emotional catharsis with the family of her late lover. The connection that blossoms between these two characters forms the bulk of the running time, leading to a gentle portrait of em...

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    Tilda and Luca Make "Love" In Toronto

    "We've been talking about making this film for seven years," Tilda Swinton said at the international premiere of Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love," which she produced and stars in. "Luca and I are very, very old friends. I think we started to talk about a film that ...

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    REVIEW | Business or Pleasure: Mia Hansen-Love’s "The Father of My Children" Twists the Dark

    In "The Father of My Children" French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love makes something oddly beautiful and complex from a basic comic template. A story of a workaholic dad who has an immensely difficult time juggling business and family, the film nevertheless takes its conventions in a unexpected direction. From the start, all the cliches are in place: a disheveled man (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) wearing a rumpled suit negotiates about seven different associates squawking into his cell phone while rushing down a Paris sidewalk, both on foot and behind the wheel of a car. His harried wife (Chiara Caselli) sits impatiently at home with the kids, who in...

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    REVIEW | Faith No More: Bruno Dumont’s “Hadewijch”

    Following in the grand tradition of austere European filmmakers, Bruno Dumont gives religious faith quite a workout in his new film, "Hadewijch." Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who's followed Dumont's career. One of French cinema’s most illustrious provocateurs, Dumont has moved r...

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