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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'The Lebanese Rocket Society'

    Before the United States went to the moon, Lebanon had a space program. OK, what’s the punchline? This prodigiously researched film reminds you that the most improbable documentaries are often inspired by facts that you can’t make up.

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Hannah Arendt'

    "Hannah Arendt" looks through a narrow window at the early 1960’s, when the German-born Jewish philosophy professor drew controversial conclusions in her 1963 New Yorker coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. Arendt concluded that Eichmann, the runaway former Nazi official whom the Israelis kidnapped in Argentina in 1960, represented the "banality of evil," the bureaucratic willingness to follow the most evil of orders. She also pointed out that Jewish leaders helped organize deportation of Jews for the Nazis. In Margarethe von Trotta’s period drama, filmed in the grey tones of the time, we see A...

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    Toronto Review: Making Light of Romantic Dysfunction, 'Silver Linings Playbook' Is David O. Russell's Funniest Film to Date

    David O. Russell's movies have always been lively affairs, but none maintain the same fluid comedic inspiration of "Silver Linings Playbook."

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    TIFF Review: Big-Hearted & Hilarious 'Silver Linings Playbook' A Touchdown From David O. Russell

    Life hasn't been too kind lately for Pat Solitano. He's just been released from a court ordered stint in a mental hospital after severly beating the man he caught cheating with his wife. Diagnosed as bipolar with mood swings, Pat has a difficult journey ahead of him but he's optimistic. With a rally...

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    TIFF Review: 'Imogene' Is A Big-Screen Sitcom, But Elevated By Kristen Wiig & Annette Bening

    "Imogene" finds Kristen Wiig in victory lap mode, and that suits her just fine. Perhaps the most likable comedic actress to come down the pike since Diane Keaton threw on a Civil War-era vest and floppy hat, Wiig finds herself, post-"Bridesmaids," in rarified company. She is a beloved, in-demand act...

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    TIFF Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long

    The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's first combined effort, “Cloud Atlas,” adapts David Mitchell’s multi-story, multi-style novel, into its own even more complexly woven narrative, whose dozen main actors re-appear as different characters in successive time frames, suggesting soul evolution and karmic re...

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    With 'Cloud Atlas,' the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer Aim Big and Fire All Over the Place, Just Like the Book

    "Cloud Atlas" begins and ends in the distant future while covering hundreds of years in between, but its breadth isn't quite as shocking in execution because the movie shifts to a different period every few minutes.

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    TIFF Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

    With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you certainly have to give...

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    Toronto Review: Derek Cianfrance's 'The Place Beyond the Pines' Is Sad, Powerful and Strengthened By Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper

    Derek Cianfrance's latest feature, "The Place Beyond the Pines," covers four overlapping character arcs over the course of 15 years.

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    TIFF Review: Manic & Meta 'Seven Psychopaths' Both Exhausts & Delights

    It would seem that following the success of "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh went to Hollywood -- and didn't like the experience. A meta riff on making movies "Seven Psychopaths" is a sneering send-up of the industry that also revels in its action movie clich&eacu...

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