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    Review: Catherine Hardwicke's Musical Murder Mystery Melodrama 'Plush' With Emily Browning & Cam Gigandet

    The first five minutes of "Plush," the new musical murder mystery from Catherine Hardwicke (who started the "Twilight" franchise with a bang, before getting shoved to the side for a succession of anonymous filmmakers), are misleading in a pretty profound way. In this introductory sequence, an unseen...

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    Review: 'GMO OMG' Is A Personal Journey Into The Food Industry

    There are moments in “GMO OMG” that feel a little bit like “Jaws” and “Psycho.” What those films did for the beach and the shower, this documentary from Jeremy Seifert could do for the grocery store for those who are easily persuaded. We left the movie stressing out over what we could eat for dinner...

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    Mike Myers' Directorial Debut 'Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon' Is Filled With Wild Showbiz Tales

    "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," the directorial debut of Mike Myers, is a vaudeville celebrity remembrance of mega-manager Shep Gordon by stars who might have starved without Gordon’s help.

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    Review: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': 'Him' & 'Her' -- Does the Gimmick Work?

    While technically a three-hour immersion into the experience of a young New York couple dealing with the fallout of their infant child's death, "Eleanor Rigby" -- the original version, anyway -- actually takes the form of two feature-length accounts.

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    TIFF 2013 Review - Biyi Bandele’s Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Misses The Mark

    Before it even went into production, writer-director Biyi Bandele’s debut feature Half of a Yellow Sun sparked a huge casting debate. Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the movie would focus on the stories of two sisters during the Nigerian...

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    Review: Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer & Tommy Lee Jones

    The term “dark comedy” used to mean a film or program that dealt with laughs but also discomforting adult situations and themes. For most filmmakers today, that now serves as a green light to portray death and violence with as little consequence or moral dimension whatsoever, giving protagonists a c...

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    Toronto Review: Why Kelly Reichardt's Riveting Thriller 'Night Moves,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, Is an Ideal Access Point For Her Work

    All of director Kelly Reichardt's movies revolve around some kind of desire for escape: "River of Grass" centered on a broke couple attempting to flee their state; "Old Joy" found two old pals temporarily abandoning the crush of daily routine; "Wendy and Lucy" featured a young drifter stuck in a sma...

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    Review: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson & Barbara Hershey

    No fewer than three times during “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the sequel to James Wan’s hit 2010 horror entry, its central clan of haunted suburbanites seems to address the audience directly. “It’s still happening!” they exclaim to one another, and it’s true – objects rattle and familiar apparitions re-e...

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    This Weekend: Strong Indies Abound with 'Mother of George,' 'Wadjda,' 'Blue Caprice' and 'Harry Dean Stanton' Doc

    As TIFF moves into its closing weekend, a number of strongly reviewed indie films hit theaters. Four titles -- "Mother of George," "Wadjda," "Blue Caprice" and "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" -- are sitting with impressive Tomatometer scores of over 90%.

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    TIFF Review: Pirjo Honkasalo's 'Concrete Night' One of the Most Gorgeous Films at Toronto (TRAILER)

    Included in the Toronto Film Festival’s “Masters” selection -- and for very good reason -- “Concrete Night” marks the return of the Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo (“The Three Rooms of Melancholia”) to the realm of fiction for the first time since 1998, with a story that explores the poverty of th...

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