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    Review: Dallas Buyers Club

    The craft of acting is based on the performer’s ability to transform. An actor renounces to his own personality to inhabit the character’s skin. After watching Dallas Buyers Club, it is hard to think of any performances this year that exemplify that basic principle of the dramatic craft better than ...

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    Why Were There Two Drastically Different Versions of 'The Square' at Sundance and Toronto?

    "The Square," the new film from Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim ("Startup.com," "Control Room") about the last few years' protests in Tahrir Square in Egypt, won the Audience Award at both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. But the film was drastically recut between Sundance and To...

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    Review: 12 Years a Slave

    Healing is a process more viable for the physical body than for the always-restless memory. Scars and wounds vanish into the past to be replaced by new skin, yet always leaving a mark. As minimal as that trace may be it becomes a permanent record of the pain endured. The size is correlate...

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    Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

    Listen up, Cumberbitches: The first estate was the clergy, the second the nobility, the third the peasantry, the fourth the press, and “The Fifth Estate” is all Benedict Cumberbatch, who in Bill Condon’s painstaking WikiLeaks movie gives us the not the Julian Assange we know, but rather the Julian A...

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    Oscar-Winner John Ridley Talks Writing '12 Years a Slave' and Directing Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'

    John Ridley has been honing his craft for years, apprenticing with John Wells on "Third Watch," through multiple movie scripts ("U-Turn," "Red Tails") and television series ("Barbershop," "Platinum") to his first feature "Cold Around the Heart." He wrote the script for Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a ...

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    Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

    “12 Years a Slave” broke out at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, as audiences and critics immersed themselves in Steve McQueen and John Ridley's hard-hitting film adaptation of the memoir of musician Solomon Northup, a free Bostonian who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from 18...

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    Stanley Kubrick Exhibition Coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox Next Fall

    After hosting exhibitions dedicated to Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Grace Kelly among others, Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox is next set to honor Stanley Kubrick via the Canadian debut of the filmmaker's popular exhibition that premiered in 2004 and has since toured to Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amste...

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    TIFF: My Own Private Toronto Film Festival

    Late as usual. People are attending MIPCOM in Cannes and in November AFM in Santa Monica, and I’m only now getting around to writing about my own private Toronto. I chose films I would not be able to see soon in a theater near me and I chose films because my schedule permitted me to see them. Occasi...

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