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    Fantastic Fest | Unfunny Games: Miguel Angel Vivas's "Kidnapped"

    The first shot of "Kidnapped" (Secuestrados) shows an anonymous man struggling to breathe inside the plastic bag crudely wrapped around his head. It's no stretch to view this harrowing close-up as a physical representation of the impressively nerve-wracking experience that follows. Spanish director ...

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    film review—Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

    I’m not a fan of sequels, by and large, but I suppose events of the past few years made it inevitable that someone would devise a followup to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, which became a touchstone of its era. The new movie isn’t likely to have the same effect, as so many document...

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    criticWIRE @ Toronto: Grading All The Films (UPDATED)

    The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close. As critics and bloggers file the last of their TIFF coverage, indieWIRE has asked them to submit their thoughts to our "criticWIRE poll," which compiles grades and review links from every single film that is screening in Toronto.

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    REVIEW | Generation in Action: The Social Mores of "The Social Network"

    The persona of Mark Zuckerberg depicted by Jesse Eisenberg in David Fincher's "The Social Network" is equal parts parts Ferris Bueller and Sammy Glick. Like Bueller, Zuckerberg lives his life free from any rules except his own. He replaces Bueller's charisma with pure stamina, however, reflecting Gl...

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    REVIEW | Counterculture Fetishization With Familiar Faces: "HOWL"

    This review was originally published as part of this year's Sundance Film Festival coverage. "HOWL" opens in theaters this Friday.

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    Music Worth Hearing—And Seeing

    I love music almost as much as I love movies. That’s why I start every morning with a visit to Tin Pan Alley at www.youtube.com/user/petermintunmusic, where the gifted pianist, singer and musicologist Peter Mintun offers “A Different Tune Each Day.” I’ve also had some wonderful experiences in recent months watching DVDs that celebrate a wide variety of music I happen to like. These documentaries and performance videos don’t have marketing muscle behind them, so they depend on loyal followers and word-of-mouth. That’s why I’m happy to recommend them here, in the hope that I can expand that audience ...

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    Toronto Fest in Rewind: The Highs, the Lows and the Overlooked

    "We don't talk much about faith at film festivals," said Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, from a podium last week. The assertion was a neat segue into his introduction for "The Way," Emilio Estevez's semi-spiritual drama about a father coping with the loss of h...

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    REVIEW | Leaving New York Again, Woody Allen Does Fine with "Stranger"

    With each new movie Woody Allen directs, it grows increasingly clear that leaving New York was the best decision he made in ages. Two years ago, Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" freed the quintessentially neurotic comic from his out-of-touch depictions of American urbanity by letting Spanish flavo...

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    Toronto Film Festival Reviews: 35 and Counting

    The 35th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off September 9, 2010 and runs through ten days and nearly 300 films - many of them among the most anticipated of the year. indieWIRE will be offering loads of reviews (though not quite 300) as the festival progresses, and this is a guide to each a...

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    Taking Over TIFF: James Gunn's "SUPER" In Focus

    The first big sales story out of the Toronto International Film Festival this year, James Gunn's "SUPER" derives much of its momentum from its positioning at the festival. Premiering in the midnight madness program, the movie operates in a more overt "fun" gear than the majority of that section, whi...

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