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Now and Then: NBC's Big Miss, 'The New Normal,' Could Learn a Thing or Two from 'Sleepwalk With Me'

I look forward to each fall's slate of network comedies with roughly the same relish as I do a dental procedure. There are exceptions — "Modern Family" and "30 Rock," though they've struggled to stay fresh, started strong — but episodic comedy is hard to get right. Which is why I was surprised to find the season's best example of it at the movies.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 11, 2012 12:09 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Three: 'Cloud Atlas,' Entries from Raul Ruiz & Takeshi Kitano, Plus Auguste Perret's Architecture

It’s only Day Three, and already I overslept – easier to do these past two years as the festival has shifted several kilometers south from Yorkville, where I could used to be able to roll out of bed from my friends’ house and still make a screening, to the area around the Bell Lightbox. Now I have to hike to a subway stop and travel downtown...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 10, 2012 11:54 AM
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TIFF Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long

The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's first combined effort, “Cloud Atlas,” adapts David Mitchell’s multi-story, multi-style novel, into its own even more complexly woven narrative, whose dozen main actors re-appear as different characters in successive time frames, suggesting soul evolution and karmic retribution.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 9, 2012 2:06 AM
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TIFF Review: Sally Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa' Stars a Remarkable Elle Fanning UPDATED

Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last week, with first screenings Friday in Toronto.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 10:20 AM
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Weekend Preview: Crowded Indie Box Office, from 'For Ellen' to 'Detropia'

Critical response to the array this weekend's new indie releases is mostly tepid, with star-packed "The Words" and "Bachelorette" scoring lowest and docs "Detropia" and "Beauty is Embarassing" ranking as Indiewire's top picks...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 6, 2012 5:07 PM
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TIFF REVIEW: Opening Nighter 'Looper ' Delivers Sci-Fi Thrills-- and Depth

You can throw out the old canard that you can usually skip the opening night Canadian film in Toronto. That's because the fest has wriggled free of having to book the latest tasteful film by a respected Canadian auteur. And Rian Johnson's "Looper" is a must-see hardboiled thriller for any cinephile--let's hope the good folks in Roy Thomson Hall can handle the bone-crunching violence.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2012 11:32 AM
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Venice: Polley's 'Stories We Tell' Is Revealing & Affecting

With Toronto beckoning, I've had to bid a reluctant farewell to Venice where, as much as I liked "BAD 25", "The Iceman", "Disconnect", "Enzo Avitabile Music Life" and "The Master", my pick of the festival was undoubtedly "Stories We Tell". Sarah Polley's third feature as a writer-director – and first non-fiction film – is revelatory in multiple ways, not least as a deeply exposing journey into the heart of the actress' family and own identity.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 4, 2012 7:58 PM
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Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuation...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 4, 2012 2:43 PM
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'Anna Karenina' Early Review: Visually Splendid, Audacious, Swoony Epic Romance Heads for Oscars

The startling new adaptation of Tolstoy’s great novel "Anna Karenina," with Keira Knightley in the title role, is . as visually splendid as any studio epic, even if it plays with audience expectations of what lavish looks like. It’s a respectable adaptation of a huge story, encompassing a wealth of ideas; yet it also has the direct, heartfelt appeal of what Hollywood once called ‘a women’s picture.’
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 2, 2012 7:00 PM
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Telluride Brody Diary 2: A Rocky Mountain Brunch, A Wedding and Affleck's 'Argo'

In retrospect, my first full film festival day at Telluride, though utterly delightful, sounds more like I’m attending a food festival than a film one.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2012 4:28 PM
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