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Robert Downey, Jr. Starrer 'The Judge' Takes Toronto Opening Night

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2014 at 11:48AM

One of the high-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a powerful city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
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Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Judge'
Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Judge'

One of the higher-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s father-son drama "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a jaded city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. As the son tries to discover the truth about his father, along the way he reconnects with the family he left behind. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star in this mainstream dramatic heart-tugger. Is it Oscar material? Warner s is clearly testing the waters in Toronto.

“David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF.  Dobkin brought his first film "Clay Pigeons" to the fest 15 years ago.

Warners screened "Gravity" at the Toronto fest last year after unveiling it at Venice and Telluride. You can be sure that will not happen this time. 

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4-14, 2014.

 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.