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Toronto Critics Go Crazy for Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' (Trailer)

Following its Toronto world premiere, director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” immediately garnered raves, as well as some sidelong glances.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • September 9, 2014 5:37 PM
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TIFF: Why Matthew Warchus Returned to Film After 15 Years to Direct Rousing, Essential 'Pride'

"Pride" is a universal story about humans, and some of those humans happen to be gay. While Matthew Warchus' rousing sophomore feature confronts gay issues, and issues of British working class strife, this is really a movie about tolerance and decency.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 9, 2014 5:01 PM
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TIFF Trailer: Céline Sciamma's 'Girlhood' Is the Anti-'Boyhood'

Watch the trailer for Céline Sciamma's "Girlhood," which is now playing Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 9, 2014 2:38 PM
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Toronto: Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Goes to A24

A24 Films has grabbed domestic rights Noah Baumbach's TIFF comedy "While We're Young," his "Frances Ha" followup starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as middle-aged filmmakers who befriend a mid-20s hipster couple.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 8, 2014 8:39 PM
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Van Gogh Biopic, Over Six Years in the Making, Finds Director in Sweden

Art buffs, here's some exciting news out of the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 8, 2014 1:56 PM
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Will Jake Gyllenhaal Creepout 'Nightcrawler' Wow Crowds Outside Toronto as Well as Oscar Voters? (VIDEO)

The one dark horse Oscar candidate is Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle "Nightcrawler," which allows the pale, gaunt actor to transform himself physically into a dangerous sociopathic creep in the vein of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver." Chasing after the right video footage of fires, car crashes, and murder victims, Gyllenhaal's nightcrawler is magnetic and charming, a loser who wants to be a winner and doesn't care what he does to get there.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2014 5:49 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, Plus All Our Coverage of Telluride, Toronto & Venice

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 6, 2014 7:00 AM
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Watch: Kevin Smith Debuts Disturbing First Clip From 'Tusk'

Justin Long stars in "Tusk," the dark new film from indie auteur Kevin Smith that world-premieres at Toronto this weekend, hits up Fantastic Fest in Austin later in September, and opens in theaters September 19.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2014 2:42 PM
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How Kristen Wiig Made Her Way From 'SNL' to Dramedies 'Skeleton Twins' & TIFF Premiere 'Welcome to Me'

Why have women alums of "Saturday Night Live" had a harder time than men, who've monopolized the show over the years, at making a permanent dent at the movies? Funny-lady Kristen Wiig seems to be making many of the right moves to establish herself as a movie actress who can do more than just silly comedies.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 5, 2014 2:01 PM
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Toronto: RADiUS Grabs Musical 'The Last 5 Years,' Starring Anna Kendrick, Before World Premiere

RADiUS-TWC has landed one of the first major acquisitions of this year's Toronto International Film Festival with "The Last 5 Years," Richard LaGravenese's big-screen adaptation of the 2002 off-Broadway smash musical.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2014 1:46 PM
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