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    REVIEW | Todd Intact: "Life During Wartime" Maintains Solondz' Droll Satiric Aura

    This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE’s coverage of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. “Life During Wartime” opens this Friday, July 23rd at the IFC Center in New York.

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    REVIEW | From The Heart: Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child"

    In his 2005 film “Nine Lives,” Rodrigo Garcia did something cinematically unexpected. Bringing to the women’s picture a rigorous aesthetic design, “Nine Lives,” made up of nine disparate segments about different female characters shot in elaborate single takes, successfully translated the structure of a short story anthology to the screen, and without denying film’s unique properties. The narratives themselves, surveying women from different classes and pasts and at different life thresholds, may not have been equally gripping, but together the film had a cumulative power, while certain segments (especially Robin Wright Penn’s supermarket enc...

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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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    cinemadaily | Toronto Critics Take on the Greats: The Coens, Ozon, Egoyan

    Several huge names brought their films to the Toronto International Film Festival, which has been rolling along since last Thursday. Many of the biggest films, like "Up in the Air," "Capitalism: A Love Story," "A Single Man," and "The Informant!" got their world premieres at Venice or Telluride. I...

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    Anna Kendrick on Clooney, Reitman and Heading "Up In The Air"

    "I can't tell you how terrified I was knowing I was going into this," "Up In The Air" actress Anna Kendrick told indieWIRE in Toronto yesterday. "I had something like a month after I was cast before we started filming. And the fear was building up inside me... I was really nervous about having to go...

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    REVIEW | Running Scared: Claire Denis's "White Material"

    At one point in Claire Denis's ravaging new film, "White Material," Isabelle Huppert's Maria, a coffee plantation owner in an African country increasingly torn apart by escalating civil war violence, is driving her grown son, Manuel, on a tractor to bring him medical attention for a minor injury to ...

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    REVIEW | Mindlessness Over Matter: Jaco van Dormael's "Mr. Nobody"

    Quick, what do string theory, the butterfly effect, 21st-century dystopia, the possibility of quasi-immortality, the unquantifiablity of time, the impermanence of memory, death, love, second sight, the heartache of divorce, missions to Mars, and Jared Leto's baby blues have in common? After seeing "...

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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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    REVIEW | Oddly Coarse and Compellingly Offbeat: Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant"

    Guided by a hilariously over-the-top Nicolas Cage performance and Werner Herzog's slapdash direction, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" delivers an oddly coarse and compellingly offbeat take on the troubled police drama. Setting aside producer Edward Pressman's bizarre decision to remake Abel Ferrara's gritty 1992 noir (the two movies have virtually nothing in common), the appeal of Herzog's feature comes from an ever-present weirdness. Cage plays a twisted cop riddled with addictions and corrupt idiosyncrasies. His cocaine problem continually impacts his professional life, and he often uses the power of the badge as a means of getti...

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