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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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    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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    Toronto Review | A Trip Worth Taking: Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

    The remarkable thing about "The Way" is that it works so much better than it should. Several aspects suggest the makings of a dud: It's a story about spirituality with a protagonist who has none. The plot, in which well-to-do California opthamologist Tom (Martin Sheen) completes a pilgrimage started...

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    Toronto Review | Grief Cycle: Shawn Ku's "Beautiful Boy"

    "Beautiful Boy" tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person's grief before it becomes unbearable. The focused story of two parents dealing with their son's decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeki...

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    Toronto Review | Afghan on the Lam: "Essential Killing"

    So little happens in Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing" that it barely exists as a movie. Instead, the story of an escaped Taliban fighter (Vincent Gallo) wandering through the forests of Europe meanders along as a succession of scenes. At times engrossing and not without palpable suspense, it ...

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    Toronto Review | A Natural Museum In 3-D: Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

    In recent years, Werner Herzog's sly observations on the ways the universe in wondrously strange documentaries such as "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World" have taken on cult status apart from his existing place in the history of German cinema. Viral videos contain uncanny imitatio...

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    Toronto Review | A Gay Dad and a Mid-Life Crisis: Mike Mills's "Beginners"

    The delicate blend of playful drama in "Beginners," the second narrative feature by California-based filmmaker and graphic designer Mike Mills ("Thumbsucker"), is a small wonder to behold. Mills fashions the set-up for an overwrought, thoroughly depressing character study into an oddly charming come...

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