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    TIFF Review: Teller's Clever Art Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Plays Like Magic (CLIP)

    “Tim’s Vermeer” is something that Mark Twain could have thought up. It applies a hard-headed empirical reality check in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison to the theory that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used technology (lenses) to arrive at a precision that could not have been ac...

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    Review and Roundup: Matthew Weiner Misfires with Critically Panned 'You Are Here'

    Matthew Weiner's contemporary comedy "You Are Here," an exploration of male friendship starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, doesn't work. How could the creator of "Mad Men" so miss the mark?

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    DVD Review: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow

    Who would have thought that the years-long discourse about the relative positives and negatives between CG and traditional animation would be so sharply delineated by The Smurfs? Scoff not - check out the new DVD released today. Here's our review.

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    Review: Post-Apocalyptic B-Movie Mash-Up 'Bounty Killer' Starring Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre And, Um, Gary Busey

    There needs to be a name for this genre of post-apocalyptic genre mash-ups with ironic musical cues, retro sexuality, and post-modern self-awareness because, quite frankly, there are just too damn many. Down the pike comes another one, "Bounty Killer," adapted from an obscure comic book, a market th...

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    TIFF Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her' Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis & More

    You’d think that with all the sappy romantic comedies that exist, "When Harry Met Sally" and Richard Linklater’s 'Before...' series (just to name the most beloved), that relationship films have run their course and said all they’ve got to say. But then this year the Palme D’Or was awarded to a film ...

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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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    TIFF Review: 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More

    It's undeniable that, at least on paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a can't-miss proposition. Pairing Tracey Letts' Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning play with an outstanding ensemble cast ranging from awards-nominated veterans to rising young stars—Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGr...

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    TIFF Review: EPIX Doc 'Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story'

    When it comes to men's magazines (the kind with nude girls in them and not the ones, say, stuffed with muscle cars or expensive suits), Playboy is always portrayed as the classier affair, one modeled on sleek modernity, while Penthouse is seen as an altogether more vulgar enterprise. This was summed...

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    TIFF 2013 Review: Good Performance By Andre Benjamin Isn't Enough To Bolster Hendrix Biopic

    A little over a decade ago, VH1 premiered one of its many mediocre television biopics, Hendrix. Playing well against type, Wood Harris starred as the iconic guitarist, alongside Vivica A. Fox (as girlfriend/groupie Faye Pridgeon), and Billy Zane. A general overview of Hendrix’s life, the film chroni...

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