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    Toronto International Film Festival: Thom Powers Talks Docs

    "There aren't two hundred good movies every year," a friend reminds me, en route to Toronto. When I assemble my collection of 464-page catalogue, 92-page Official Film schedule, and 40-page Press and Industry Screening Schedule, I am (officially) overwhelmed. Especially when I try to start collatin...

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    TIFF Review: Gandolfini's Farewell Performance in Holofcener's 'Enough Said'

    The departure of James Gandolfini will never seem as poignantly premature as it does during “Enough Said,” Nicole Holofcener’s lovely heartbreak of a comedy starring the late actor and Julia Louis Dreyfus, as late-inning love interests. Holofcener’s latest rumination on modern manners would be tart ...

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    Toronto Review: Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska Turn Dostoyevsky Into a Bureaucratic Nightmare For Richard Ayoade's Dystopian Treat 'The Double'

    "The Double" is based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but there's a lot more than the sensibilities of the Russian literary giant hanging over this grimly amusing picture. British director and comedian Richard Ayoade's follow-up to his stylized coming-of-age tale "Submarine," the abstract dr...

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    TIFF Review: Götz Spielmann’s 'October November' Is A Disappointing Follow-Up To His Great 'Revanche'

    Götz Spielmann’s “October November” might be the quietest drama of 2013, an intimate, somber study of one family’s unsaid truths. It is also, however, a film that leaves little impression, making it a step backwards—or, at the very least, sideways—for the director of the stunning “Revanche.” Spielma...

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    This Year's Prizes At the Venice Film Festival Were Historic. So Why Were They Also a Disappointment?

    When Bernardo Bertolucci announced on Saturday that the first-ever winner of Venice’' Grand Jury Prize was Tsai Ming Liang's "Stray Dogs," my heart sank.

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    TIFF Review: 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' Starring Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo

    Though the music industry has undergone a sea change over the last decade, the goal for both major studios and artists remains the same: musicians want to write great songs and put them out into the world, and record labels want to make some money by helping them do it. That being said, these days, ...

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    TIFF Review: 'The Railway Man' Starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman

    "The Railway Man" tells the true story of a World War II veteran mentally broken by his experiences in the war, living a lonely, isolated life, and trying to come to grips as best he can with the terror and memories that still haunt his mind. But you'd be forgiven after watching the opening portion ...

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    TIFF 2013 Review: Venezuela's 'Bad Hair' is A Bold, Gripping Drama

    Mariana Rondon’s bold and intelligently perceptive film Bad Hair isn’t really about hair, whether it is straight or coarse; but about Junior (Samuel Lange), a boy who doesn’t fit society’s conventional mold within gender roles, especially not in the world of his already overwhelmed and weary moth...

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    Toronto Review: 'The Dog,' About Gay Bank Robber John Wojtowicz, Is a Must-See Documentary For Fans of 'Dog Day Afternoon'

    Eccentric New Yorker John Wojtowicz was turned into an iconic figure when Al Pacino played the unorthodox bank robber in 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon." Director Sidney Lumet's daylong saga, in which Wojtowicz took a bank hostage in the hopes of raising money for his transsexual lover's sex change opera...

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