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    Toronto 2012: HBO Picks Up Tom Donahue Doc 'Casting By,' Also Circling Liz Garbus' 'Love, Marilyn'

    "Casting By," the new documentary by "Guest of Cindy Sherman" director Tom Donahue, has been acquired for TV by HBO. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday and next screens at the New York Film Festival October 12.

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    Toronto Review: 'The Bay,' Barry Levinson's Stab at Eco-Horror, Is Scarier Than It Looks

    The Bay" contains a more advanced collage of media than one usually finds in the found footage genre.

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    The Technology, the Art, and the Ethics of Watching: Talking With Brian De Palma

    "I suffer from the fact that people have so many preconceptions about the kinds of movies I make," Brian De Palma lamented, "that they don't really look at what's on the screen."

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica'

    Life on one street in the sprawling Brazilian metropolis of Recife was explored as a microcosm of Brazil in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s masterful “Neighboring Sounds” earlier this year. The feature “Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica,” from director Marcelo Gomes, is also set in Recife, though this character study is more narrowly focused than “Sounds.” It follows the titular protagonist (Hermila Guedes) as she starts working at a hospital after years of medical school and finds that treating patients isn’t quite as thrilling as she believed it would be. But that’s far from her only wo...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Mumbai's King'

    Manjeet Singh is part of the new breed of Indian filmmaker that eschews the song-and-dance traditions of mainstream Bollywood to create observational slice-of-life social commentaries about contemporary India. This is cinema that’s more Satyajit Ray than Shah Rukh Khan. As with Ray’s “Pather Panchali,” Singh’s film is born from the traditions of Italian neorealism. Shooting at real locations in a documentary style, Singh observes the activities of young friends Rahui (Rahui Bairagi), Arbaaz (Arbaaz khan) and Salman (Salman Khan) as they steer their way through Mumbai's slums. The director is just as i...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

    Adapting Moshin Hamid’s novel was always going to prove tricky given that the “action” takes place over the course of one evening in a café in Lahore. The book follows a conversation between a Pakistani university professor who post-9/11 has turned his back on a successful Manhattan-based finance career and an ambiguous American stranger. “Monsoon Wedding” director Mira Nair uses the book’s hint that this mystery American is a C.I.A. agent as her main plot device, turning the observational novel into a full-blown thriller. Riz Ahmed delivers a breakthrough performance as Changez Khan. In flashback...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Blancanieves'

    Forget “Mirror, Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” — this year’s most daringly original adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is “Blancanieves,” from Spanish director Pablo Berger (the porn comedy “Torremolinos 73”). Shot as a silent film (Weinstein brothers, take note) and set in the 1910s and 1920s in Andalusia, this movie casts the evil stepmother (Maribel Verdu, the hot mamacita from “Y tu mama tambien”) as a plotting nurse who marries the paraplegic father of Snow White (Daniel Gimenez Cachio), a former toreador who was gored in the arena, and throws ...

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    Joss Whedon on What 'Much Ado About Nothing' Has in Common With 'The Avengers'

    After wrapping principal production on "The Avengers," you'd think the tireless Joss Whedon would take a much deserved break. Instead (with a push from his wife, Kai Cole), the writer-director-producer invited a group of friends over to his sprawling home to make a modern day film adap...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Iceman'

    The historical background for "The Iceman" is the killing spree of hitman Richard Kuklinksi, a hired gun for the Gambino crime family from the fifties through the eighties, and the droll suburban existence he lived during that time with his clueless family. As Kuklinski, Michael Shannon easily fits the creepy lunatic role, but Winona Ryder's bland turn as the killer's wife epitomizes the lifeless trajectory of this cold portrait. When the movie begins, Kuklinski has already displayed his psychopathic tendencies by killing people when he's off-duty. For a while, director Ariel Vromen manages to hold some interest by fo...

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    Toronto Review: Neil Jordan's Vampire Drama 'Byzantium' Is an Elegant Alternative to 'Twilight'

    Contemporary cinema has featured a fair share of young, attractive vampires in recent years, but Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" stands out for exploring that subject with a mixture of intelligence and gravitas.

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