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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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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Room 237'

    Stanley Kubrick's 1980 Stephen King adaptation "The Shining" endures for many reasons -- from its supremely horrific mood to the technical feats used to create it. However, the lively voices in "Room 237" take that admiration to an entirely new plane of awareness. A search for deeper meanings in Kubrick's movie, Rodney Ascher's film is a brilliant collage of interviews with academics and other experts in the art of textual analysis. Jazzing up a process usually reserved for scholarly pursuits, Ascher combines reasonable interpretations of "The Shining" with hilariously extreme conclusions -- but ...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Paradise Love'

    The first of a trilogy about a traveling Austrian family, Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise: Love" follows a middle-aged woman named Teresa (Margarethe Tiesel) who travels to Kenya as a sex tourist. That not only describes the plot of the movie but a fair amount of its details: Much of the runtime follows the bumbling, portly Teresa as she meets a dozen men, plays along with their advances and gullibly forks over dough when they request it. That might sound unbearably redundant were it not for the delicacy that Seidl brings to the material and the powerfully naked performance -- always figuratively, sometimes literally -- that Tiesel ...

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