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    TIFF Review: 'Big Game' Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent And More

    Early on in "Big Game," someone is spectacularly blown up by a surface-to-air missile. It's a key moment, with Jalmari Helander's ("Rare Exports") exceedingly dumb film seemingly taking the position that for the next (barely) ninety minutes it's going to be a knowingly insipid and campy genre throw...

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    TIFF Review: 'Revenge Of The Green Dragons' Directed Andrew Lau, Executive Produced By Martin Scorsese

    “There’s a storm coming detective, and I don’t know of any umbrellas that will keep this city dry,” says the protagonist of “The Revenge Of The Green Dragons” at one point. It’s spoken with a sincerity that had us scratching our heads in bewilderment, a statement that’s not exactly directed at this ...

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    Review: Tsai Ming-Liang's 'Stray Dogs' Is A Must-See Masterclass In Directing

    In a festival that's seen a number of endurance tests—Philip Groning's three-hour, 59-chapter "The Police Officer's Wife," the abstracted imagery of "Under The Skin," the brief but unrelentingly terrible duration of "Parkland," no film seemed to inspire more walk outs than "Stray Dogs." The return o...

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    TIFF Review: Gerard Johnson’s ‘Hyena’ Starring Peter Fernandino & Stephen Graham

    "You need to keep me sweet," amoral vice cop Michael Logan hisses to two confused, machete-wielding Albanian thugs. The detective's English slang, perhaps obfuscated by a thick brogue throughout the picture, means he’s going to need a taste. The Albanians have forged new drug trafficking routes, Log...

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    TIFF Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Face Of An Angel' With Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale & Cara Delevingne

    With a premise based on the salacious murder trial of Amanda Knox, the most curious aspect of Michael Winterbottom's "The Face Of An Angel" is that it's not about the case at all. Instead, the filmmaker takes a self-indulgent approach reorienting the project to tell the story of a director researchi...

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    TIFF Review: Kristen Wiig Shines In The Funny & Entertaining ‘Welcome To Me’

    Kristen Wiig fans, rejoice. The 'SNL' alumnus continues to quietly and steadily segue from sketch comedy on the small screen to feature length comedy on the big one, while still retaining her instinctive knack for hilarious shenanigans. “Bridesmaids” started her ascent, and we’ve already seen her th...

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    Review: Melancholy 'The Skeleton Twins' Starring Kristin Wiig & Bill Hader

    For whatever reason, comedians have never received the same degree of respect as their dramatic counterparts —that is, until they take on more serious material. The road to critical esteem is littered with actors making the transition from comedy to drama (think Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine...

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    TIFF Review: 'The Keeping Room' Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld And Sam Worthington

    We have seen many Civil War movies depicting the horror of battle, the swaths of men left dead on either side, and the idealogical rift that nearly split the country in two. But Julia Hart's 2012 Black List script takes an approach that's refreshing, setting the film during the fading days of the wa...

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