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    REVIEW | Joe Swanberg's "Art History" is Less Cassavetes, More Kevin Smith

    When Joe Swanberg and other "mumblecore" filmmakers began making waves on the festival circuit a few years ago, many considered John Cassavetes to be the progenitor of their seemingly lackadaisical improvisatory style. However, Swanberg's alternately blithe, probing and naive approach to sexuality o...

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    Toronto Critic's Notebook | Coppola's "Twixt" Offers a Metaphor for the Disappointment of TIFF 2011

    To understand the sprawling and messy entity known as the Toronto International Film Festival in its 36th year, look no further than Francis Ford Coppola.

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    Everything You Would Ever Want to Know About Toronto 2011

    This year's massive edition of the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close this weekend with Nadine Labaki’s surprise audience award win for "Where Do We Go Now?." Her drama was just one of over 200 films that screened over the course of the 11-day event.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "Girl Model" is A Brilliant Exposé of a Dangerous Business

    It should come as no great surprise that a movie called "Girl Model" has a dark side. The particularly startling aspect of this sharp non-fiction exposé from documentarians David Redmon and Ashley Sabin is the eerie, visceral horror the haunts every scene. "Girl Model" portrays a business defined by...

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    Restless—movie review

    Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow o...

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    Drive—movie review

    Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Zombies Invade Cuba in Enjoyable "Juan of the Dead"

    Zombies have been rife with metaphor ever since George A. Romero first turned dead cannibals into representatives of social excess. But the purpose of the critique now varies from project to project. In the enjoyable zombedy "Juan of the Dead," director Alexander Brugués uses the onslaught of lurchi...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Whether you have a thing for fast cars, swooning romances or violent remakes, this week's new slate of releases have a little bit of something for everyone. Learn what's worth checking out (and what's not) by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our Blog Net...

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    Friedkin's Lewd 'Killer Joe' Lets Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch Play Around

    William Friedkin's ability to translate stage plays to the big screen goes back to his 1967 Harold Pinter adaptation "The Birthday Party," but only his more recent efforts recognize the potential for matching theatricality with his dark sensibilities. "Bug," a 2007 adapt...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" Is "Dogtooth" Without Teeth, But Plenty of Bite

    Something new and valuable happened when Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' darkly surreal family drama "Dogtooth" landed an Oscar nomination last year. Steeped in discomfort, littered with violence and subversive twists, "Dogtooth" made viewers uneasy in a way that would theoretically limit its appea...

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