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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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    TIFF Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club' With Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto And Jennifer Garner

    It's 1986, just months after Rock Hudson's death brings AIDS to its biggest public attention yet, but as far as Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is concerned, the real tragedy is the number of Hollywood babes the legendary actor could've easily bedded if he was straight. Along with cocaine, booze ...

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    Toronto Review: Matthew McConaughey Pulls Off Tricky Performance In Flawed But Affecting 'Dallas Buyers Club'

    It doesn't take long to establish the challenge of Matthew McConaughey's performance in "Dallas Buyers Club," both for him and viewers asked to accept it. The emaciated actor, playing a straight man who just learned he has AIDS, glares at his doctor and fires back that there's no way he's got "that ...

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    Review Roundup: Critics Skewer "Cheap" and "Awful" 'Diana' Biopic, Starring Naomi Watts

    The critics have spoken. Following the September 5 London premiere of Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana," starring Naomi Watts, negative reviews haranguing the biopic arrived. What was once thought to be an Oscar hopeful for long-overdue Aussie actress Watts has now been derided as a "squirmingly embarra...

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    Toronto Review: Daniel Radcliffe Plays Impressively Against Type, But Alexandre Aja's Dark Supernatural Dramedy 'Horns' Is Devilishly Uneven

    Daniel Radcliffe's post-"Harry Potter" career keeps getting more interesting, as evinced by three radically different roles for the actor at this year's Toronto International Film Festival: In "Kill Your Darlings," he plays a young Allen Ginsberg, while he's a desperate romantic in the "The F Word";...

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