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TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 8:33 AM
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Fifth Estate
It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

TIFF Review: Suspense Thriller 'Blue Ruin' Is Terrifying, And Excitingly Singular

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 5, 2013 12:05 PM
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Blue Ruin
Dwight (Macon Blair), the lead character of “Blue Ruin,” is a haggard, defeated, middle-aged man. His clothing clings to him, as if to avoid callously slipping to the ground. His beard seems to have formed on his face the way weeds gather on undernourished lawns. One of our first glimpses of his eyes come from the way they gape when he finds out people are home, and he’s naked in the bath. His mad dash reveals this is not his house. But those eyes remain troubled even when he’s not using the homes and resources of others. The sense is that Dwight hasn’t been home for years, and he hasn’t felt at home within himself for even longer.

Watch: Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan Directs Saoirse Ronan For 'How I Live Now" Soundtrack Song

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 10:55 AM
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Though the rest of us will see the film next month, audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival will get to see the Kevin MacDonald-helmed “How I Live Now” next week. The sci-fi film will boast an impressive soundtrack that includes a collaboration between Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes fame) and famed producer Jon Hopkins. Ahead of its TIFF premiere, a music video for the collaboration has arrived online (via Digital Spy).

New Clip & Photos From 'Enough Said' Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus & One Of James Gandolfini's Last Onscreen Performances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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Enough Said
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener is one of those rare filmmakers working today who is actually interested in simple stories about real people instead of overly complicated mythological tales involving superheroes or giant fighting robots. In small, measured films like "Walking and Talking" and "Lovely & Amazing," she is able to mix humor and drama in a way that feels undeniably real. And even when her movies are somewhat minor successes (like 2010's "Please Give"), you're still hugely thankful that she is out there, making the films that she does. Her new film, "Enough Said," featuring one of the last performances by James Gandolfini, is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening nationally a few days later. Ahead of that premiere comes a new clip and some new photos.

Interview: Director Matthew Saville Talks TIFF Crime Pic 'Felony' Written By & Starring Joel Edgerton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 2:03 PM
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Felony
While Joel Edgerton has no shortage of friends and collaborators he could have chosen to direct his script for the crime drama "Felony," he landed on Matthew Saville, a TV veteran with a couple of feature films under his belt as well. Edgerton had been impressed with the filmmaker's 2007 Aussie TV movie "The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy" and thus begun the journey to bring the actor's movie to the big screen. "The whole thing started with Joel. He wrote it and approached me about four years ago," Saville explained when we caught up with him over the phone. He was enthusiastic about the experience of working with Edgerton and the result of their teamwork will be seen next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 3, 2013 1:03 PM
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival preview
While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other festivals, impressive though they may individually be, feel a little like the throat-clearings before the main event. Boasting a staggering array of splashy premieres, the latest from a barrage of auteurs and a host of indie efforts that have hitherto flown below the radar but that could surprise in a big way, it feels like the TIFF 2013 program may be their most packed ever (though we seem to say that every year). So whilst our attendees face the unenviable (but actually extremely enviable) task of working out their schedules, we've dug through the near and far corners of this embarrassment of riches to highlight the 15 films we're most anticipating from this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't an easy choice.

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