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    Outback Journey 'Tracks' Stars Best Actress Hopeful Wasikowska (Behind-the-Scenes Video)

    John Curran's "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska, is a dramatic tale of female isolation and empowerment in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable. Read our review, and watch a new behind-the-scenes featurette, here.

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    The Skeleton Twins

    Director/co-writer Craig Johnson steers Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader through 'The Skeleton Twins' with a sure hand.

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    3D Stop-Motion 'The Boxtrolls' Joins Animated Oscar Contenders

    With "The Boxtrolls," animation house Laika tackles its first period piece, in Victorian Steampunk, as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors.

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    TIFF 2014 Review: 'Second Coming' is an Intriguing if Meandering Portrait of Black Family Life in London

    Nadine Marshall plays Jax, a woman married for over twenty years to hard-working railway worker husband Mark (Idris Elba). Ever since having their first child JJ (Kai Francis Lewis), now 11, the couple have grown distant, partly due to experiencing four traumatizing miscarriages.

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    TIFF 2014 Review: 'Beats of the Antonov' Finds A New Perspective From Which To Explore The Civil War In Sudan

    It isn’t the beats of the bombs falling from the sky, but the beats of the traditional Sudanese music lovingly showcased here that above all else, makes this documentary so uniquely captivating.

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    TIFF Review: 'Kill Me Three Times' Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth And More

    Here’s a suggestion for Kriv Stenders, director of the flagrantly messy “Kill Me Three Times”: don’t be so kind to first-time screenwriters. As our thoughts wrestle over who to chastise for this incomprehensibly cluttered picture, it can either be James MacFarland for his first screenplay or Stender...

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    The Films of Oliver Stone, Ranked Worst to Best

    Three time Oscar-winning writer/director Oliver Stone turns 68 today. In honor of the filmmaker's birthday, we've ranked his films, from worst to best.

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    Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem': There's No Going Back to 'Brazil'

    Terry Gilliam's listless and shallow futuristic fantasy lands like a pale evocation of his classic "Brazil."

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    TIFF Review: Benoît Jacquot's 'Three Hearts' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni & Catherine Deneuve

    The word "melodrama" tends to be used as a pejorative these days, and that's because there are few movies or TV shows that execute the specifics of the genre well. When it works, an accomplished melodrama allows the audience to fully invest in the emotional lives of its characters, even if the plot ...

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    TIFF Review: ‘Elephant Song' Starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood & Catherine Keener

    Directing and releasing five films across the last four years, with three of them premiering at Cannes, and another at Venice, you might understand why Xavier Dolan might not have time to return phone calls. And given the limited stateside distribution of his films, it might also be easy to forget t...

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