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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Duplass Brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" Is Secretly Better Than It Looks

    A cursory look at "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" may lead to the conclusion that it's the weakest effort from sibling directors Mark and Jay Duplass, whose improvised DIY style has rapidly elevated them to studio attention since the success of "The Puffy Chair" over half a decade ago. Having worked their way to million dollar budgets and stars, the Duplass brothers have courted the danger of selling out for a few years now. Instead of accepting that fate, however, they continue to wiggle around it. "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is another fascinating, occasionally transcendent example of the Duplass' unique ability to infiltrate Hollywood cinema with ...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | The Flawed Thinking of "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!"

    Nick Broomfield, the conspiratorial documentarian behind "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie & Tupac," makes no apologies about using suppositions and hearsay in his quest for a special kind of truth. The problem with his insipidly titled "Sarah Palin - You Betcha!," co-directed with Joan Churchill, has n...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    This week, everyone has an opinion on Steven Soderbergh's latest "Contagion," while "Tanner Hall" disappoints. Figure out what to see by checking out all the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our Blog Network.

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    Contagion—movie review

    I can’t call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won’t want to be feeling anything—or anyone—after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "The Ides of March" is George Clooney's Monster Movie

    "The Ides of March" finds George Clooney working at the most intimate scale of his directing career. Since his uneven and overambitious debut almost a decade ago, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Clooney has tried his hand at a variety of material. After the ill-receiv...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | How Werner Herzog's Trademarks Impact "Into the Abyss"

    Werner Herzog never enters the frame during his latest eccentric nonfiction foray, "Into the Abyss," but the director's phantom presence is the star of the show. Herzog is heard on the other side of the camera; he's occasionally visible as a reflection in a glass divider when speaking with his incar...

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    Head Start: Here's 33 Reviews of Toronto Movies

    The Toronto International Film Festival opens today, cutting the ribbon on a busy week-and-a-half affair in which over 200 features from around the world will be unveiled for a diverse audience of casual moviegoers and industry professionals alike. Our coverage will be plentiful, but we actually sta...

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    Small Screens: A 9/11 Widow Talks "Rebirth," Our DVD Pick of the Week

    Shortly after opening in select theaters last month (it hits more markets throughout September), Jim Whitaker's documentary portrait of emotional and physical rebuilding following 9/11, "Rebirth," hits DVD today. It's iW's pick of the week.

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    Telluride Review Round-Up: Glenn Close Passion Project Albert Nobbs

    Based on the Telluride reaction to Glenn Close's long-aborning gender-bender drama Albert Nobbs, the veteran actress has a shot at an Oscar nomination--and so does supporting actress Janet McTeer. Roadside Attractions is planning a late year release--outside the fray--and will push hard for awar...

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    Venice Film Fest Review: Steve McQueen's Shame is Graphic, Transgressive, Full Frontal

    David Gritten reviews Steve McQueen's Shame from Venice; the film also screens at Telluride Sunday en route to Toronto, where it seeks a brave distributor willing to take on its NC-17 content.

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