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Telluride Roundups: Oscar Hopefuls '12 Years a Slave' and 'Prisoners' Score with Critics (TRAILERS)

Two unannounced big films made a big splash Saturday: Warner Bros. awards hopeful "Prisoners," which nabbed rave reviews for Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 31, 2013 3:51 PM
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Telluride XL Day 2: 'Ida,' 'Labor Day,' Coens Music Tribute, 'Natan'

Here's my recap of a long and rather unbelievably rich festival day at Telluride.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2013 2:05 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride and Venice in Full Swing, Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 31, 2013 1:35 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: 'Philomena' Is A Triumph

If you were seeking a guaranteed recipe for box-office success, casting Judi Dench as a sweet little old Irish lady trying to track down the son she was forced into giving up for adoption decades earlier sounds like the winning ingredient. Add in Steve Coogan as an acerbic British journalist enlisted in her search, helping to steer the story away from the swamp of sentiment, and the fact that it's based on a true story, and you have Stephen Frears' triumphant, warm-hearted crowd-pleaser "Philomena".
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 31, 2013 6:34 AM
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Telluride Update: Buyers Lining Up for Divisive 'Under the Skin,' Strong Debut 'Palo Alto' and Provocative 'Starred Up' (TRAILER)

Reviews and acquisitions are heating up at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Three notable acquisitions titles debuted Thursday night of which I saw one, "Palo Alto," the impressive debut of young filmmaker Gia Coppola (Francis Ford's granddaughter, born six months after her father Gio's accidental death) which will also play Venice and Toronto. Yet another dark high school drama in "Kids" mode centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble, "Palo Alto" is adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco,
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 30, 2013 4:29 PM
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WATCH: Exclusive Clip from Upcoming TIFF Doc 'The Dark Matter of Love'

In her new documentary about an American family and their adopted Russian children, director Sarah McCarthy examines the complex interplay of politics, family and love.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2013 1:32 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Jonathan Lynn's 1985 'Clue,' Starring Tim Curry

Back to the '80s Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker Ti West introducing Jonathan Lynn's cult classic 'Clue,' starring Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd and Eileen Brennan.
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  • August 30, 2013 1:09 PM
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Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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WATCH: Uma Thurman Is a Woman Scorned in Unsettling New Clip from Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Uma Thurman in 'Nymphomaniac'
Yet another enticing "appetizer" from Lars von Trier's highly anticipated "Nymphomaniac" arrives today. In the unnerving, darkly comic clip below, Uma Thurman plays Mrs. H, a mother scorned who takes her children to see "daddy's favorite place."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 30, 2013 12:33 PM
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'Our Nixon' Review: Forty Years Later, An Intimate Portrait of Nixon, and Ourselves (TRAILER)

Songwriter Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know (About Us)" makes a fitting title track for "Our Nixon." The found-footage documentary, woven from 500 hours of Super 8 shot by Watergate convicts H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin, isn't just a portrait of the Nixon's peculiar boys club. It's a time capsule from a bygone age.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 30, 2013 12:03 PM
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