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    TORONTO REVIEW | "Girl Model" is A Brilliant Exposé of a Dangerous Business

    It should come as no great surprise that a movie called "Girl Model" has a dark side. The particularly startling aspect of this sharp non-fiction exposé from documentarians David Redmon and Ashley Sabin is the eerie, visceral horror the haunts every scene. "Girl Model" portrays a business defined by...

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    Restless—movie review

    Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow o...

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    Drive—movie review

    Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Zombies Invade Cuba in Enjoyable "Juan of the Dead"

    Zombies have been rife with metaphor ever since George A. Romero first turned dead cannibals into representatives of social excess. But the purpose of the critique now varies from project to project. In the enjoyable zombedy "Juan of the Dead," director Alexander Brugués uses the onslaught of lurchi...

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    What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

    Whether you have a thing for fast cars, swooning romances or violent remakes, this week's new slate of releases have a little bit of something for everyone. Learn what's worth checking out (and what's not) by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our Blog Net...

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    Friedkin's Lewd 'Killer Joe' Lets Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch Play Around

    William Friedkin's ability to translate stage plays to the big screen goes back to his 1967 Harold Pinter adaptation "The Birthday Party," but only his more recent efforts recognize the potential for matching theatricality with his dark sensibilities. "Bug," a 2007 adapt...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" Is "Dogtooth" Without Teeth, But Plenty of Bite

    Something new and valuable happened when Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' darkly surreal family drama "Dogtooth" landed an Oscar nomination last year. Steeped in discomfort, littered with violence and subversive twists, "Dogtooth" made viewers uneasy in a way that would theoretically limit its appea...

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    TORONTO REVIEW | With "Crazy Horse," Frederick Wiseman Turns His Camera to Cabaret

    Eighty years old and some forty films deep, documentarian Frederick Wiseman remains at the top of his game. "Crazy Horse," his typically first-rate verité look at the famous Parisian cabaret club of the same name, applies his distinctive technique to familiar material. Ever since his 1967 directoria...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'The Deep Blue Sea' A Beautiful, Woozy & Heartbreaking Tale Of Intense Passion

    "Beware of passion Hester, it always leads to something ugly."

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    TORONTO REVIEW | "Paradise Lost 3" is Unfinished, But Still Has Much To Say

    Last month's sudden release of the "West Memphis 3" after nearly 20 years of incarceration was a dramatic end to a case that's still riddled with questions. The 1994 convictions of Damien Echols (who was sentenced to death), Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin (both sentenced to life) were overturned...

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