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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Attack'

    "The Attack," by the Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut), a former assistant cameraman on films by Quentin Tarantino, tells an unsettling story about Israel and Palestine. As it opens, an Arab surgeon Amin Jafaari (Ali Suliman) receives an Israeli prize for his life’s work. The same surgeon treats victims of a bombing that kills Jewish children, and the prime suspect turns out to be the surgeon’s wife. Amins is ostracized from most of his Jewish colleagues. After initial denial, Amin accepts that that hard evidence that his wife was the bomber, and travels to the Occupied Territories to find the sheik who tau...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'A Liar's Autobiography -- The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman'

    Even dedicated Monty Python fans might be surprised to learn some of the details revealed about the private exploits of the late Graham Chapman in this innovative take on the non-fiction biopic form. Largely consisting of animation created by 14 different studios and 17 varying styles, "A Liar's Autobiography" uses audio recordings Chapman made for his memoir prior to his death in 1989 for an ongoing voiceover track. As Chapman tracks his progress from an uninspiring adolescence to his burgeoning homosexuality and alcoholism, the wildly schizophrenic narrative gives the impression that it stems directly from the dead Python&#...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Laurence Anyways'

    Montreal-based actor-turned-filmmaker prodigy Xavier Dolan's third feature is a terrific character study for its first two hours -- and then there's the third one. That's starting to be a routine for the young director: Dolan's gently affecting debut, "I Killed My Mother," was a remarkably insightful portrait of a young gay man's relationship to his mother, but his two follow-ups have suffered from an overindulgence in style in spite of their many strengths. In the case of "Laurence, Anyways," Melvil Poupaud delivers a stirring performance in the title role as a high school teacher who confesses to h...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Aftershock'

    Eli Roth basically wrote the modern book on the horror subgenre of hedonistic tourists receiving their comeuppance, so it comes as no surprise that his stamp is all over "Aftershock," a routine shock-fest about a couple of travelers led through a series of misfortunes when their vacation in Chile is interrupted by an earthquake. Roth produced the movie and stars as the sole American of the group, naturally nicknamed Gringo. While bar-hopping with Chilean friends Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolás Martinez), Gringo and his fellow pleasure-seekers pick up a trio of likeminded Russian women (Natasha Yarovenko, Lorenza Izz...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'End of Watch'

    The prospects of a gritty cop movie in the context of the found footage genre makes sense when one considers that the reality series "COPS" helped solidify the vernacular associated with the format. But "End of Watch" only uses the first person approach to frame the familiar dramas of two hackneyed characters, cocksure young officers Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Peña), as they uncover the dark underbelly of the drug trade in south central L.A. Taylor's obsession with filming their exploits provides a handy excuse for the constant shaky cam, but director David Ayer often abandons the device for...

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    Sally Potter On Her New Film 'Ginger & Rosa' and Her Adoration for Actors

    British director Sally Potter ("Orlando") was back to both Telluride and Toronto with her new film "Ginger & Rosa," which stars Elle Fanning as Ginger, a girl who is coming of age in 1962, steeped in the era of nuclear proliferation.

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    Toronto 2012: Millennium Entertainment Acquires Drama 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan

    In the latest pick-up of a popping Toronto market, Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “What Maisie Knew,” starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan. The contemporary version of the Henry James novel, directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, ...

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    From Bond Girl to Terrence Malick Muse: 'To the Wonder' Star Olga Kurylenko on Working With the Enigmatic Director and How the Film "Teaches Us A Lot About Love"

    Actors who worked on Terrence Malick's latest film, "To the Wonder," fall into two camps: those who made it into the final cut, and those who didn't. Luckily for Ukrainian-born actress Olga Kurylenko (best known for playing a Bond girl in 007's 2008 outing "Quantum of Solace"), she falls into the fo...

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    Toronto 2012: Vanguard Supernatural Thriller 'Thale' Acquired for U.S. by XLrator Media

    XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to the Norwegian supernatural thriller “Thale,” written and directed by Aleksander L. Nordaas. The film, which played the SXSW Film Festival in March, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival Wednesday night in the Vanguard section. XLrator pl...

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    TIFF Futures: 'No Place On Earth' Director Janet Tobias On Telling "One of the Best Stories I Ever Heard"

    As a woman who began her career as a journalist at 60 Minutes working for Diane Sawyer and Don Hewitt, it's safe to say that Janet Tobias is no stranger to a good story. You can imagine, then, how extra-ordinary a story must be for her to dub it "one of the best stories I had ever heard" - which she...

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