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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Home Again'

    Jamaica is anything but an island paradise to the characters who’ve just been deported there in this well-intentioned but unconvincing drama by Toronto-based director Sudz Sutherland. All three have run afoul of recent legislation in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that allows foreign-born persons who are convicted of criminal offences to be sent back to countries that many have not seen since they were children. Fresh from a stint at Rikers Island, Dunston (Lyriq Bent) soon finds himself working for a Trenchtown gangster and reluctantly sliding back into a criminal lifestyle. Meanwhile, Marva (Tatyana Ali) copes with the pain of being...

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    Toronto 2012: Billy Bob Thornton Drama 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' Goes to Anchor Bay

    The Billy Bob Thornton-directed period drama "Jayne Mansfield's Car" will be distributed by Anchor Bay Films in North America and the U.K.  The announcement came in advance of the film's North American premiere September 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Dire...

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    Toronto 2012: Michel Gondry's 'The We and the I' Finds a Home With Paladin and 108 Media

    Paladin and 108 Media have acquired all North American rights to Michel Gondry's “The We and the I” at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film had its North American premiere Friday. First screend at Cannes in May, “The We and the I” will open in theaters ...

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    TIFF FUTURES: 'The Brass Teapot' Director Ramaa Mosley On Her Love for the Magical and Supernatural

    Born in a California ashram, director Ramaa Mosley says that homeschooling left her plenty of time during her childhood to watch movies. She was from her earliest years, "transfixed by stories about magical objects and supernatural events," and knew by her twelfth birthday that she wanted to get beh...

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    102 Reviews From the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

    The Toronto International Film Festival continues through next weekend, but Indiewire has already reviewed a significant portion of the program at various other festivals over the past year.

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'War Witch'

    Canadian director Kim Nguyen's intense portrait of a young African woman Komona (Rachel Mwanza, who won an acting prize for her performance at the Berlin International Film Festival) kidnapped from her village and forced to become a child soldier is both light on details and rich with them. Her country of origin never revealed, Komona endures a series of hardships that unquestionably play off Western perceptions of African strife. At the same time, as Komona takes on the role of a keen survivalist, escaping forced marriage to a gangleader and finding her way back home, "War Witch" develops into a thoroughly suspenseful tale t...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Spring Breakers'

    "Spring Breakers" wouldn’t be a Harmony Korine movie if it wasn’t polarizing in some way. Sure enough, the latest by the director of "Gummo" and "Trash Humpers" seems calculated to outrage, titillate and/or exhaust viewers with its gleefully nihilistic portrayal of spring break in St. Petersburg, Florida, seen here as a slickly stylized, slo-mo bacchanal of keg stands, bong hits and topless coeds. Of course, this is regarded as paradise for four college students who’ve just hit town, three of whom just robbed a diner to raise the money for their vacation. Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Vane...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology'

    The philosopher Slavoj Zizek is not allergic to the sound of his own heavily-accented voice. Fortunately, he’s a bravura lecturer with a keen sense of what draws audiences to movies.  And his extended follow-up with Sophie Fiennes to "The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema" (200...

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    Toronto 2012: What Eli Roth's Midnight Madness Vehicle 'Aftershock' Could Do for a Moribund Dimension

    Dimension Films has been pretty quiet this year, releasing just a single movie – the colossally stupid “Piranha 3DD” – in theaters over the summer to box office that wouldn’t fill an A cup. With several productions in the works for potential 2013 release, the company is...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Me and You'

    "Me and You" is the most inessential movie ever directed by the legendary Bernardo Bertolucci. It's also an entirely serviceable coming of age story, capably performed by its two leads and emotionally affecting within the constraints of its small scale aims. The filmmaker's first Italian language movie in 30 years avoids making any bold statements or indulging in advanced formalism in favor of a trim but well-acted drama. Adapting Gilbert Adair's novel, the story involves 14-year-old Lorenzo (Jacobo Olmo Antinori), a disaffected teen who tells his mother he's going on a ski trip and sneaks into the basement to thr...

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