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Strike Back, Episode 4, Recap and Review: Action is Character

Strike Back, Episode 4, Recap and Review: Action is Character
David Chute salutes Strike Back's commanding officer.Amanda Mealing, the actress who plays Colonel Eleanor Grant, chief of the covert ops unit Section 20 on Strike Back, gets off the single best shot, the final one, in episode 4 of this quick-witted series. The coiled fury behind that head shot, the way it's staged and played, even more than the extra-legal step that's being taken, creates the kind of seismic moment on a show that changes our interpretation of everything we've seen, our sense of what's at stake and the kind of people we're dealing with.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 11, 2011 12:15 PM
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Box Office: Contagion Runs $23-Million Fever Over Cold Weekend

Box Office: Contagion Runs $23-Million Fever Over Cold Weekend
Steven Soderbergh's pandemic ensemble thriller Contagion posted a healthy opening despite an overall downer weekend. Anthony D'Alessandro breaks down the box office:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 11, 2011 4:21 AM
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TIFF 36 Day Three: Wuthering Heights, 360, Keyhole, In Darkness, Comic-Con: Episode IV–A Fan’s H

TIFF 36 Day Three: Wuthering Heights, 360, Keyhole, In Darkness, Comic-Con: Episode IV–A Fan’s H
Meredith Brody continues to make the rest of us Toronto attendees look like slackers.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 11, 2011 3:07 AM
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TIFF 36 Days One and Two: Melancholia, A Separation, Footnote, Elles, Trishna, Free Men

TIFF 36 Days One and Two: Melancholia, A Separation, Footnote, Elles, Trishna, Free Men
Meredith Brody continues her fall cinematic smorgasbord in Toronto.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 10, 2011 12:41 PM
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Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 10, The Blood Line, SEASON FINALE

Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 10, The Blood Line, SEASON FINALE
David Chute bids Torchwood: Miracle Day a fond farewell. Honestly.An antipodal cleft pierces the earth, along a line drawn from Shanghai to Buenos Aires. Into this cleft the blood of an immortal (you know who) is introduced, and it has to be at both poles simultaneously. The effect of this transfusion is to re-jigger the polarity of the cleft, reconfiguring the force field it generates, toggling a morphic resonator switch that had the effect of making everyone who was mortal at that moment immortal and vice versa -- meaning that Y.K.W. became mortal, because he was immortal to begin with and the polarity had been flipped. Are e clear so far?
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2011 10:35 AM
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TIFF: Moneyball Review Round-Up

TIFF: Moneyball Review Round-Up
The movie I was most looking forward to seeing at Toronto, based on the source material (Michael Lewis's baseball Oakland As expose) and talent involved (Bennett Miller directing a script by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill) was Moneyball (September 23). And while the movie has its lags and lulls--like baseball--I was not disappointed. In fact the movie is more naturalistic and lackadaisical than I was expecting. Miller allows his actors--especially great reactor Hill--and the game, to breathe. Pitt is easygoing and comfortable in the role of Oakland As general manager Billy Beane, and Miller's Oscar-winning Capote star Philip Seymour Hoffman is perfect as the taciturn As manager who stubbornly uses the players he chooses--until Beane just as firmly takes them away from him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2011 10:25 AM
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Washington to Star in Zemeckis's Flight for Paramount

Denzel Washington will topline director Robert Zemeckis's return to live action filmmaking, Flight, for Paramount and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke's ImageMovers banner. It's the first pairing for the star and the director. The movie is set to begin shooting this October in Atlanta, GA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2011 10:28 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice and Telluride Reviews, Pre-Toronto Buys, Lifetime Achievement Awards

Weekly Wrap: Venice and Telluride Reviews, Pre-Toronto Buys, Lifetime Achievement Awards
INTERVIEWS:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 10:04 AM
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LACMA Honors Eastwood, Pledges Commitment to Film

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will honor filmmaker/star Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari at their inaugural Art + Film Gala on November 5 as part of their stated initiative to make film a central part of the museum's curatorial program. (Really? Film Independent hired critic Elvis Mitchell to program LACMA's film series, and so far has not announced a fall program.) LACMA Trustee Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars in Eastwood's upcoming biopic J. Edgar, will co-chair the event.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 9:59 AM
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Paramount Produces Jason Reitman's Labor Day with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush will co-produce Jason Reitman's next, Labor Day, co-starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Writer-director Reitman was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2010's Up in the Air.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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