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    Toronto Review: Inexplicably Wacky Ratings Satire 'R100,' From Hitoshi Matsumoto, Is Like 'Fight Club' Directed By Luis Buñuel

    Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matusmoto successfully made the leap to writer-director-star with his 2007 debut "Big Man Japan," a zany take on the superhero genre that simultaneously managed to make its fantastical protagonist human. The unlikely combination of surrealism and pathos would continue to de...

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    Touchy Feely

    I like many qualities of Lynn Shelton’s work ("Humpday," "Your Sister’s Sister") and her latest, low-key effort has particular promise because it has such a strong, well-chosen cast,

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    Review: 'And While We Were Here' Delivers The Sensuality Of The Sun-Kissed Shores Of Naples

    Harkening back to Italian neo-realism, the romance of Naples is alive in "And While We Were Here," the latest film from writer-director Kat Coiro. Considerably more watchable than her pratfall-driven debut "L!fe Happens," the picture is significantly more sober-minded, concerning the marriage of pre...

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    Review: Saudi Arabian Film 'Wadjda' Is A Phenomenal Debut From An Exciting New Talent

    The cinematic revolution in the Middle East over the last few decades, led principally by a generation of Iranian filmmakers who've flourished creatively despite restrictions placed on them by the regime, hasn't necessarily carried over to every region. Saudi Arabia, for instance, is hardly known fo...

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    Toronto Review: Why 'Joe' Is a Comeback For Both Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green

    A dozen years ago, Nicolas Cage was still considered a serious actor and David Gordon Green was considered a promising new filmmaker. A few years later, both of their reputations shifted dramatically: Cage became the butt of countless jokes about his overacting in subpar genre efforts and Green took...

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    The TIFF Review Report: Day 6 ('The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,' 'The Sacrament,' 'How I Live Now,' 'Dom Hemingway')

    Mirrored stories of a marriage dissolving, found footage of a cult community dissolving, impending World War III behind a childhood dissolving and Jude Law's poetic cursing: all part of the sixth full day at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    TIFF 2013 Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    TIFF 2013 Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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    TIFF Review: Eli Roth's Cannibal Horror Tale 'The Green Inferno'

    When Eli Roth first appeared on the scene a decade ago, he looked like he might just be the savior the horror genre was looking for. A wave of hype preceded his debut "Cabin Fever," thanks to a raucous reception at TIFF Midnight Madness, a seal of approval from David Lynch and from Roth himself, who...

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    TIFF Review: 'Hateship Loveship' Starring Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld & More

    Following the smash success of "Bridesmaids," Kristen Wiig has actively subverted the obvious expectations of the career choices that would follow a hit film. Aside from this winter's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," the actress has largely gravitated toward small-scale projects ("Girl Most Likely...

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    Toronto Review: Daniel Radcliffe And Zoe Kazan Share Fine Chemistry In 'The F Word,' But the Jokes Aren't So Lucky

    Canadian director Michael Dowse's movies tend to revolve around vulgar, garrulous individuals driven to ridiculous extremes, from the hotheaded hockey player in 2011's "Goon" to the headbangers at the center of "Fubar" and "Fubar II." With "The F Word," a romantic comedy about a young platonic coupl...

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