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TIFF First Look: Tobey Maguire In 'Pawn Sacrifice' And Aubrey Plaza In Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 22, 2014 at 1:05PM

Furrowed brows, bad suits, worse haircuts—it can only mean one thing: chess. And that game of mental strategy is at the center of "Pawn Sacrifice," which heads to Toronto to make its World Premiere.
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Pawn Sacrifice

Furrowed brows, bad suits, worse haircuts—it can only mean one thing: chess. And that game of mental strategy is at the center of "Pawn Sacrifice," which heads to Toronto to make its World Premiere.

Ed Zwick directs Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber in this true story star about a crucial chess game during a time of heightened tension. Here's the official synopsis: In this remarkable true story set in the height of the Cold War, chess legend Bobby Fischer is locked in a gripping championship clash with the Soviets as he struggles against his own psychological demons while the whole world anxiously awaits the outcome.

Meanwhile, Hal Hartley completes the trilogy started with "Henry Fool" with "Ned Rifle." Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak round out the ensemble. Here's the synopsis: Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter of Hal Hartley's tragicomic epic begun with Henry Fool (1997) and continued with Fay Grim (2007). At once a saga concerning the Grim family of Queens and how their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the self- proclaimed genius Henry Fool, the trilogy is also an illustration of America's grappling with ideas, art, politics, and religion over the course of 20 years. In this swiftly paced and expansive conclusion, Henry and Fay's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome, sexy and hilarious Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family. 

Ned Rifle, Hal Hartley, Aubrey Plaza
Liam Aiken in "Ned Rifle."
Ned Rifle, Hal Hartley, Aubrey Plaza
Ned Rifle, Hal Hartley, Aubrey Plaza
Ned Rifle, Hal Hartley, Aubrey Plaza


This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Ned Rifle, Pawn Sacrifice, Aubrey Plaza, Tobey Maguire


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