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    Nine New York Film Festival Reviews

    The 47th Annual New York Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night, and indieWIRE be bringing you two weeks worth of coverage from the scene. In the meantime, we've assembled this list of reviews of films screening in the festival:

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    REVIEW | Simplistically Charming "Capitalism" Doesn't Quite Add Up

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. "Capitalism: A Love Story" opens in theaters today.

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    REVIEW | Distinctly Non-Commercial: John Krasinski's "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" opens in theaters this Friday.

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    Twenty-Five Toronto Reviews

    Catch up with indieWIRE's first batch of reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival:

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    REVIEW | Out of Fashion: Anne Fontaine's "Coco Before Chanel"

    Following in the footsteps of the unfortunate Jane Austen biopic "Becoming Jane," Anne Fontaine's glossy period piece "Coco Before Chanel" focuses exclusively on the youthful romances of a fascinating, independent woman in the years before her professional success. For this approach, the intention, or excuse, seems to be that in looking at her origins we will begin to understand the seeds of her artistic temperament, and that this is somehow more valuable than a glimpse into her actual process. Aside from this being a relatively specious, and utterly conventional, approach to hagiography, in each cases it also reduces a real-life woman to a s...

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    REVIEW | Uneven But Charming, "Informant!" Works On Basic Level

    With "The Informant!", Steven Soderbergh enforces a happy-go-lucky sensibility not unlike the hyperbolic punctuation in its title. Transporting the agreeable flow of his "Ocean's" series to a company espionage setting, the director turns a rather dry true life story of company conspiracies, embezzle...

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    REVIEW | Succeeding On Her Own Terms: Samantha Morton's "The Unloved"

    Actors directing features at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival tackled wildly different material, but each displayed an attempt to try something ambitious. Maybe hanging around in front of the camera engenders a desire to figure out its boundaries, or perhaps veterans of the set simp...

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    REVIEW | The Horrors of Bearing Witness: Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death"

    War movies produced by commercial film industries have a tendency to show any given conflict not as it is or was, but as the side footing the bill for the film would like for it have been. The essential moral irony of war — that acts that would be considered revoltingly inhumane if committed in the...

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    Chaos & Claustrophobia: Toronto '09 titles from "Lebanon" to "Collapse"

    Stuck in basements, tanks and various landscapes of inescapable desolation, I will fondly remember this year's Toronto International Film Festival as a procession of utter despair. From the first press screening last Thursday night of Lu Chuan's "The City of Life and Death," an unsparing black-and-white epic about the 1937 Nanking massacre, which largely forgoes character development for lots of carnage, to Jean-Luc Godard's 1-minute fittingly titled "Un Catastrophe" - a meditation on love and war tucked away in the experimental Wavelengths program (available for viewing here, what began as a curious trend slowly became a kind of obsessive se...

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    REVIEW | Campion's Prudish "Star" Needs More Sizzle

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is being released in theaters today.

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