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    TORONTO REVIEW | Post-"Humpday" Success, "Your Sister's Sister" Finds Lynn Shelton In Quieter Turf

    Two years ago, Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" made waves for its impressive combination of improvised dialogue and keen insight into human relationships, a tricky balance achieved while also seamlessly drifting between comedy and drama. Her follow-up doesn't expand her range but applies it differently. "Y...

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    Steve McQueen's "Shame" Is All About Michael Fassbender

    In Steve McQueen's "Hunger," Michael Fassbender played an Irish Republican prisoner who demonstrated commitment to his cause by starving himself. As Brandon, the affluent and ceaselessly horny New Yorker in McQueen's "Shame," Fassbender has no such intense conviction...

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    New And Notable Film Books

    As always, there are more books being published than I can keep up with. While I haven’t had time to read most of these cover-to-cover, I’d like to call attention to some that clearly stand out.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Todd Solondz Takes A Fresh Path To More of the Same With Kafkaesque "Dark Horse"

    The universe of damaged characters Todd Solondz has created in his movies is generally considered a cruel, angry place, even by his biggest fans. His latest feature, "Dark Horse," plays by those same rules and thus won't convert any committed Solondz haters. At the same time, it carves a fresh path ...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Duplass Brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" Is Secretly Better Than It Looks

    A cursory look at "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" may lead to the conclusion that it's the weakest effort from sibling directors Mark and Jay Duplass, whose improvised DIY style has rapidly elevated them to studio attention since the success of "The Puffy Chair" over half a decade ago. Having worked their...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Flawed Thinking of "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!"

    Nick Broomfield, the conspiratorial documentarian behind "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie & Tupac," makes no apologies about using suppositions and hearsay in his quest for a special kind of truth. The problem with his insipidly titled "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!," co-directed with Joan Churchill, has n...

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

    This week, everyone has an opinion on Steven Soderbergh's latest "Contagion," while "Tanner Hall" disappoints. Figure out what to see by checking out all the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our Blog Network.

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    Contagion—movie review

    I can’t call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won’t want to be feeling anything—or anyone—after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "The Ides of March" is George Clooney's Monster Movie

    "The Ides of March" finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career. Since his uneven and overambitious debut almost a decade ago, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Clooney has tried his hand at a variety of material. After the ill-receiv...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | How Werner Herzog's Trademarks Impact "Into the Abyss"

    Werner Herzog never enters the frame during his latest eccentric nonfiction foray, "Into the Abyss," but the director's phantom presence is the star of the show. Herzog is heard on the other side of the camera; he's occasionally visible as a reflection in a glass divider when speaking with his incar...

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