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    TIFF REVIEW: Opening Nighter 'Looper ' Delivers Sci-Fi Thrills-- and Depth

    You can throw out the old canard that you can usually skip the opening night Canadian film in Toronto. That's because the fest has wriggled free of having to book the latest tasteful film by a respected Canadian auteur. And Rian Johnson's "Looper" is a must-see hardboiled thriller for any cinephile-...

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    TIFF Review: Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Is Both Impressive and Underwhelming

    "Looper," a rollicking dystopian action-adventure yarn about time travel, is a reasonable broadening of the filmmaker's scope with enough potential to make its flaws stand out. It officially opens the 37th Toronto International Film Festival Thursday night.

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    Review: 'Bachelorette' Is The Movie For Anyone Who Wished 'Bridesmaids' Was More Like 'The Hangover'

    Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, "Bachelorette" is the movie for all those people that wished "Bridesmaids" was more like "The Hangover." Three bridesmaids embark on a non-stop parade of debauchery fueled by coke, booze, and pills that make "The Hangover" dudes see...

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    Out This Week: 7 Reviews of New Indie Releases

    Out This Week is a weekly column intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release.

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    Review: 'Hello I Must Be Going' A Smart, Smutty & Sweet Tale About Love, Divorce & Growing Up In Your Mid-30s

    Directed by actor-turned-director Todd Louiso and written by Louiso's wife, Sarah Koskoff, "Hello I Must Be Going" stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy Minsky, a 35-year-old, shell-shocked and shattered in the wake of her divorce. For three months now, Amy's been staying in her mom and dad's house, which is...

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    Review: 'Girl Model' Is A Bracing Look At A Rarely Seen Side Of The Fashion Industry

    “Girl Model” opens not on a Fashion Week runway in New York or Paris, but in about the last place we would expect to find the starting point of this film: Siberia. Indeed, the sad, eye-opening documentary from directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin seems to revel in subverting this expectation of w...

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    Why Telluride Is a Cheat Sheet For TIFF and Other Lessons From the 39th Edition

    The 39th edition of the mountainside Colorado festival, which concluded on Monday, has been valued in recent years for providing the first public look at a number of fall season releases being positioned for accolades from the Oscars and Golden Globes.

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    Indiewire's Reviews of 9 Films From Telluride 2012

    Indiewire headed to Colorado this year to check out the latest slew of new independent films at the Telluride Film Festival. Here are our reviews from the festival:

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    Paul Dano Saves Flawed 'For Ellen'

    Paul Dano -- pale and gangly, nobody’s preconceived image of a movie star -- is a wonder of an actor, who has made some great choices in films, from There Will Be Blood, to the recent Ruby Sparks and a small but crucial role in the upcoming Looper. In So Yong Kim’s deliberate, meticulo...

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    Venice Review: 'Dormant Beauty' Is Tender & Humane, But Adds Little To The Right To Die Debate

    The sanctity of life is one of the thorniest subjects of the 20th century, and seems certain to continue to be so for decades to come. One only has to look over the continuing debate in terms of contraception and abortion, among the most divisive and emotional issues in American politics (or, indeed...

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