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    TIFF Review: 'Standing Aside, Watching'

    The heroine’s name is Antigone, but the myths at work in “Standing Aside, Watching,” are those of the American western, a western one whose heroine has more cojones than a dozen Gary Coopers. The film? A model of urgent, contemporary storytelling by Greek director Yorgos Servetas, with a sometimes s...

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    TIFF Review: Teller's Clever Art Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer' Plays Like Magic (CLIP)

    “Tim’s Vermeer” is something that Mark Twain could have thought up. It applies a hard-headed empirical reality check in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison to the theory that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used technology (lenses) to arrive at a precision that could not have been ac...

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    Toronto International Film Festival, Day Three: 'Violette,' Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier,' Holofcener's 'Enough Said' and More

    There are many ways of threading one's way through a film festival with 366 films, of which 288 are features. Sometimes I envy my friends who are monomaniacs, partisans of Asian or experimental films, or those whose jobs and deadlines dictate which films they have to see. I am greedy and want to see...

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    Toronto International Film Festival, Day Two: from Penn & Teller's 'Tim's Vermeer' and Fiennes' 'Invisible Woman' to Reitman's 'Boogie Nights'

    An almost perfect film festival day, including two excellent documentaries, one feature that surprised and delighted me, another that was interesting and novel, and one of Jason Reitman's patented table reads: the cherry on a sundae. Began with "Tim's Vermeer," the documentary about a wealthy, eccen...

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    TIFF Review: John Carney's 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

    How about we call it “Twice”? Director John Carney so desperately wants to recreate the success of “Once” with his latest pop-musical fairy tale, “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” that it’s almost embarrassing, even if there are a number of good things to say about it. Enough good things, in fact, that ...

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    Toronto International Film Festival: Thom Powers Talks Docs

    "There aren't two hundred good movies every year," a friend reminds me, en route to Toronto. When I assemble my collection of 464-page catalogue, 92-page Official Film schedule, and 40-page Press and Industry Screening Schedule, I am (officially) overwhelmed. Especially when I try to start collatin...

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    TIFF Review: Gandolfini's Farewell Performance in Holofcener's 'Enough Said'

    The departure of James Gandolfini will never seem as poignantly premature as it does during “Enough Said,” Nicole Holofcener’s lovely heartbreak of a comedy starring the late actor and Julia Louis Dreyfus, as late-inning love interests. Holofcener’s latest rumination on modern manners would be tart ...

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    TIFF: 'Rush' Director Ron Howard, Star Chris Hemsworth and Hans Zimmer Do Facebook Q & As

    As part of Universal's Toronto International Film Festival press junket for Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing flick "Rush" (September 20), this Sunday at noon before the film's world premiere, Howard and star Chris Hemsworth will conduct their first ever Facebook Q&A. They'll also answer fan questions o...

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    Toronto Deal: Magnolia Buys 'The Right Kind of Wrong,' Starring Ryan Kwanten

    Just before its Toronto Film Festival debut next Thursday, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to "The Right Kind of Wrong," a romantic comedy directed by Jeremiah Chechik ("National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," "Benny & Joon"). "'The Right is Wrong' is a lovely, well-directed crowdpleaser, a...

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    82 Short Silent Films are Screening in Toronto Subway Platforms

    Beginning this morning, as TIFF kicks off above ground, the Toronto subway system will act as a subterranean art house, screening 82 silent films for commuters waiting for their trains.

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