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    TIFF Capsule Review: "The Hunt"

    Danish director Thomas Vinterberg may never top the complex family dynamics that made his "The Celebration" into such a remarkable chamber piece, but he hasn't lost an ability to construct an engrossing narrative with dark, provocative shades of ambiguity. This engaging story of a kindhearted man inadvertently accused of child abuse and alienated from his close friends sports a marvelous performance by Mads Mikkelsen in the lead role. As the man faces alienation from his erstwhile friends and colleagues, the alienation process starts to resemble a witch hunt. No matter the intense desperation of its main character, however, t...

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    TIFF Review: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' A Touching, Fresh & Funny Take On Teenage Love & Life

    Teenagers have generally not been well served by the movies. Folks like Cameron Crowe, John Hughes and Judd Apatow aside, adolescent life is usually positioned around the goals of having sex, partying and getting into outlandish hijinks with little-to-no actual insight into how teenagers think or fe...

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    TIFF Review: 'Lore' Is An Evocative & Enigmatic Look At Post-WWII Moral & Emotional Fallout

    With her beautiful and expressive debut feature film "Somersault," writer/director Cate Shortland established herself as a filmmaker with a sharp and observant sense of the emotional complexities of young women. And now, eight years later, she returns with belated follow-up effort "Lo...

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    Venice Review: 'Passion' Has Flashes Of Classic Brian De Palma, But Often Feels Lackluster

    Like the waves that lap the beach by the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, Brian De Palma is reassuringly steadfast. Over the years his Movie Brat brethren Scorsese and Spielberg have adapted their respective styles to align with evolving audience tastes and advancing technology, embracing 3D and motion...

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    The Words

    There’s a compelling idea at the core of 'The Words', especially as acted out by Bradley Cooper and the incomparable Jeremy Irons, but it’s nearly extinguished by the material that surrounds it, sorry to say. The premise is solid: a struggling writer chances upon a long-lost manuscript and publishes...

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    Watch: Dirty Projectors Short Film 'Hi Custodian’ In Full, Plus Our Report From Last Night's NYC Premiere

    Part music video, part absurdist road movie, "Hi Custodian" is a new short film from the band Dirty Projectors which draws extensively upon their new album Swing Lo Magellan for its soundtrack. Directed by (and starring) band leader Dave Longstreth and shot by cinematographer Bobby Bukowski ("Rampar...

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    Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

    While it might be tempting to compare Bachelorette to Bridesmaids because they are both about women and weddings - you would be doing so at your peril. Whereas Bridesmaids was about the utter collapse and rebirth of a woman, Bachelorette is about a bunch of hedonistic, awful high school friends who ...

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    Review: 'Green' Tinged With The Color Of Lust

    When you love someone, there exists an innate fear that they may find someone else. Someone mentally stronger, perhaps, or just more naturally kind. Or, in some cases, just different. What’s devastating is the change occurring within someone we thought we knew intimately. Is this the person we...

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    TIFF Review: Sally Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa' Stars a Remarkable Elle Fanning UPDATED

    Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week, with first screenings Friday in Toronto.

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    TIFF Review: 'White Elephant' Is A Predictable, But Well-Acted & Worthy Study Of The Buenos Aires Slums

    Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant” is a smartly acted, beautifully scored, often bracingly directed film of good intentions and big ambition. Yet it can only be called a modest success, and, in light of how strong some of its individual elements are, even a slight disappointment. Word from Cannes, whe...

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