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TIFF Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines' A Searing Tale Of Fathers, Sons & The Legacy Of Sins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2012 10:16 PM
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Of all the films arriving at TIFF this year, few are premiering under such an air of mystery as Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines." With only a couple of official images, but no posters or trailers, the tone and scope of the movie remained under wraps. Following "Blue Valentine," would the film be a similarly intimate and narrowly focused story or something completely different? The answer is that "The Place Beyond The Pines" is an ambitious epic that is cut from some of the same thematic tissue as Cianfrance's previous film, but expands the scope into a wondrously widescreen tale of fathers, sons and the legacy of sins that are passed down through the generations.

TIFF Review: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' A Touching, Fresh & Funny Take On Teenage Love & Life

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2012 4:04 PM
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Teenagers have generally not been well served by the movies. Folks like Cameron Crowe, John Hughes and Judd Apatow aside, adolescent life is usually positioned around the goals of having sex, partying and getting into outlandish hijinks with little-to-no actual insight into how teenagers think or feel. In fact, it has been a long time since we've really had a movie that got it right, but delivering beyond expectations, "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" is about as authentic as it gets, bringing a fresh, funny and moving look at the ups and downs of friendship and family in high school.

TIFF Review: 'Lore' Is An Evocative & Enigmatic Look At Post-WWII Moral & Emotional Fallout

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2012 3:03 PM
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With her beautiful and expressive debut feature film "Somersault," writer/director Cate Shortland established herself as a filmmaker with a sharp and observant sense of the emotional complexities of young women. And now, eight years later, she returns with belated follow-up effort "Lore," another tale of a young woman not only navigating her burgeoning sexuality, but the emotional and moral fallout of post World War II Germany, all while she battles to keep her family together and alive as power in the country changes hands.

TIFF Review: 'White Elephant' Is A Predictable, But Well-Acted & Worthy Study Of The Buenos Aires Slums

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 7, 2012 10:10 AM
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Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant” is a smartly acted, beautifully scored, often bracingly directed film of good intentions and big ambition. Yet it can only be called a modest success, and, in light of how strong some of its individual elements are, even a slight disappointment. Word from Cannes, where the film premiered last May, was that writer/director Trapero’s study of two Catholic priests working in the slums of Buenos Aires never quite connects, and was probably the least successful of the Latin American films on display at the film festival. (It was no “No,” apparently.)
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TIFF Review: Heady, High Concept 'Looper' Is A Dazzling Piece Of Sci-Fi Noir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2012 12:48 PM
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Welcome to 2044, Kansas. Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years it will be. And when it is, it's immediately outlawed, with criminal organizations using it for their own ends -- namely, to dispose of bodies. In the future, thanks to the advances in tracking people, it becomes more difficult to make someone disappear. And thus there are Loopers. Sent assignments from the future, they dispatch them in the present, get rid of the bodies, thus eliminating them in the future and get paid a modest sum for their efforts. It's not the most honorable job, but considering how bad the economy has become, it's something.

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At TIFF

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 3:02 PM
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For the enterprising mini-majors, studio subsidiaries and indie start-ups, there are three key markets to acquire films: There's Sundance, where only a handful of movies come with distribution already sorted, and everyone hopes to uncover the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Precious." There's Cannes, which not only has a huge film market (often concerned with pre-sales as much as finished movies), but debuts some of the biggest international films of the year. And then there's the Toronto International Film Festival.

Exclusive: Clip From Julian Assange Drama 'Underground' Premiering At TIFF, Starring Anthony LaPaglia

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 2:03 PM
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Last month Anthony LaPaglia made some waves when he revealed that he exited Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which was pushing back his shooting schedule, in order to maintain the commitment he made to star in Robert Connolly's Julian Assange film "Underground." Financing was coming together around the actor's name, and not only that, LaPaglia had worked previously with the helmer on "Balibo." And ultimately it seems he made the right choice. With Assange in the headlines once again as his diplomatic fate is sorted out in the U.K., "Underground" is timelier than ever.

Exclusive: Poster For TIFF Doc 'A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 1:01 PM
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While the Toronto International Film Festival will be presenting many prestige films that bring with them serious subject matter and sober drama, there will be plenty for those cinephiles looking for someting a bit more irreverent. And no one embodies that quality and spirit quite like legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. Making its world premiere at TIFF is "A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman" which pays tribute to the group's late member in an entirely fitting and outlandish fashion.

Jason Reitman Hosting Live Reading Of 'American Beauty' AT TIFF, Adam Driver & Sarah Gadon To Participate

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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It’s been thirteen years since the release of Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning directorial debut, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival following its Hollywood premiere. And now “Juno” and “Up in the Air” helmer Jason Reitman will host a live reading of Alan Ball’s screenplay this Thursday at the festival.

10 Films We're Looking Forward To Seeing At The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 9:57 AM
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Sundance has the indie cred. Cannes gets the big names in world cinema, and the best parties. Venice has the best location, and often the most interesting line-up. Berlin contains the hidden gems. SXSW is the up-and-comer. Telluride has the mountain air. But increasingly, the Toronto International Film Festival is becoming the most important in the film industry.

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