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    Friedkin's Lewd 'Killer Joe' Lets Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch Play Around

    William Friedkin's ability to translate stage plays to the big screen goes back to his 1967 Harold Pinter adaptation "The Birthday Party," but only his more recent efforts recognize the potential for matching theatricality with his dark sensibilities. "Bug," a 2007 adapt...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" Is "Dogtooth" Without Teeth, But Plenty of Bite

    Something new and valuable happened when Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' darkly surreal family drama "Dogtooth" landed an Oscar nomination last year. Steeped in discomfort, littered with violence and subversive twists, "Dogtooth" made viewers uneasy in a way that would theoretically limit its appea...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | With "Crazy Horse," Frederick Wiseman Turns His Camera to Cabaret

    Eighty years old and some forty films deep, documentarian Frederick Wiseman remains at the top of his game. "Crazy Horse," his typically first-rate verité look at the famous Parisian cabaret club of the same name, applies his distinctive technique to familiar material. Ever since his 1967 directoria...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'The Deep Blue Sea' A Beautiful, Woozy & Heartbreaking Tale Of Intense Passion

    "Beware of passion Hester, it always leads to something ugly."

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "Paradise Lost 3" is Unfinished, But Still Has Much To Say

    Last month's sudden release of the "West Memphis 3" after nearly 20 years of incarceration was a dramatic end to a case that's still riddled with questions. The 1994 convictions of Damien Echols (who was sentenced to death), Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin (both sentenced to life) were overturned...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "Friends With Kids" is a Successful Sitcom

    Progressive families have been fertile ground for American sitcoms like "Will & Grace" and "Modern Family." That Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends with Kids" successfully translates the appeal into feature-length format doesn't exactly make it a great movie, but it's a genuinely entertaining look at you...

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    My Kind Of Jazz

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    Small Screens | Richard Press Talks "Bill Cunningham New York," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Richard Press' portrait of the massively influential New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, "Bill Cunningham New York," hits DVD today after breaking box office records at New York's Film Forum when it opened back in March.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Horror-Comedy "You're Next" Delivers Derivative, Gory Fun

    "You're Next" doesn't break new ground in the horror genre, but it sticks to rules that work. Director Adam Wingard ("A Horrible Way to Die") and screenwriter Simon Barrett ("Dead Birds") demonstrate a firm grasp on their material, delivering a tightly-wound survival story replete with disarming hum...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Whit Stillman Returns At Last With Amusing But Tame "Damsels in Distress"

    Writer-director Whit Stillman's insightful 1990 debut, "Metropolitan," was a smartly envisioned fantasy about the end of the debutante era. "Damsels in Distress," his first feature in over a dozen years, also works as a fantasy, but a far less purposeful one. Stillman's lengthy filmmaking absence pu...

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