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    Toronto Review: Penis Mutilation, Rock Masturbation, and Other Wacky Ingredients Turn Kim Ki-duk's Wordless 'Moebius' Into a Memorable Provocation

    Korean director Kim Ki-duk is no stranger to dark stories of estranged families led to vicious acts of violence, but "Moebius" still manages to freshen up those expectations. Within its first 15 minutes, we witness a psychotic woman attempt to chop off her husband's penis in an act of revenge for hi...

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    Toronto Review: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts And More Carry John Wells' Competent, Star-Studded Adaptation of Tracy Letts' 'August: Osage County,' But Is It More Than Filmed Theater?

    Playwright Tracy Letts' crowded ensemble drama "August: Osage County" centers on a massive family engaged in constant squabbling, which means that it demands a cast willing to engage in fiery theatrics. It's no surprise, then, that director John Wells' big screen adaptation features significant name...

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    '12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor On Working With Steve McQueen and the International Appeal of the Drama

    “12 Years a Slave” tells the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free man who was forced to live a life of servitude from 1841 to 1853 after being abducted and sold into slavery. Northrup wrote a memoir about these experiences that served as the primary source material for the film, directed by Steve ...

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    Que(e)ries: The Trouble With Representing HIV/AIDS In The Very Troublesome 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    I'll admit that I walked into "Dallas Buyers Club" looking for trouble. How couldn't I? One of a small handful of American cinematic representations about the onset of the AIDS in the 1980s, any film that tries to tackle a controversially neglected, remarkably devastating chapter in history is set t...

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    Toronto Review: Does 'Once' Director John Carney's Melodic Keira Knightley Vehicle 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' Criticize the Music Industry Or Celebrate It?

    John Carney's low budget 2006 musical romance "Once" was a breakout hit that foregrounded the emotional complexities of its central lovers with delicate tunes. By contrast, "Can a Song Save Your Life?" -- which contains several high profile actors and landed a lucrative deal with The Weinstein Compa...

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    Toronto Review: Godfrey Reggio Celebrates 30 Years Since 'Koyaanisqatsi' With Extraordinary Philip Glass-Scored 'Visitors'

    Thirty years have passed since the release "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio's first installment in his memorably abstract Qatsi trilogy, which captured the complexity of civilization through a gripping rush of images aided by an equally potent Philip Glass score. While the power of that project hasn'...

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    Why Mia Wasikowska Has Stuck to Indies Following 'Alice in Wonderland'

    Mia Wasikowska talks to Indiewire about why she's drawn to fiercely independent female characters.

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    Adèle Exarchopoulos Addresses the 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Daily Beast Controversy and the Film's Sex Scenes

    Relative newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos was the belle of Cannes this year for her breakthrough and baring turn in "Blue is the Warmest Color." Her performance opposite Léa Seydoux as a teenager coming to grips with her homosexuality was so strong it caused the Jury, led by Steven Spielberg, to award t...

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    Toronto Review: Eli Roth Brings Shock, But Few Surprises, to Gross-out Cannibal Tribute 'The Green Inferno'

    For horror fans, Eli Roth and cannibal movies both bring a set of expectations that are met by "The Green Inferno," modern shockmeister Roth's first feature since 2007's "Hostel II." The cannibal genre that came and went in the seventies and eighties was known less for the quality of filmmaking than...

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    Toronto Review: Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska Turn Dostoyevsky Into a Bureaucratic Nightmare For Richard Ayoade's Dystopian Treat 'The Double'

    "The Double" is based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but there's a lot more than the sensibilities of the Russian literary giant hanging over this grimly amusing picture. British director and comedian Richard Ayoade's follow-up to his stylized coming-of-age tale "Submarine," the abstract dr...

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