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    TIFF Wrap-up: The World in Deep Focus

    With the announcement of a surprise People’s Choice Award Winner that precious few predicted, the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival came to a close with less fanfare than previous years. The general consensus was that the festival lacked the slam dunk hits that Oscar dreams are made of. But on deeper reflection, there was much […] More

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    TIFF Interview: Director Ruben Östlund and Actor Terry Notary Talk ‘The Square’

    On the basis of his first 4 features, writer-director Ruben Östlund has established himself as one of the most exciting voices of world cinema. His work is often mischievously satirical, giving him a reputation as the “Master of Discomfort.” With his latest film “The Square“, he soars to new heights with a brilliantly absurd comedy […] More

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    TIFF Review: Culture Clashes get Personal in ‘Wajib’ and ‘Sheikh Jackson’

    In a pair of TIFF films set in the Arab world, the tensions between Eastern and Western culture take on personal implications. Both are Oscar submissions for their respective countries, with “Wajib” and “Sheikh Jackson” representing Palestine and Egypt respectively. They also share similarities in their focus on father-son relationships, through which they discuss cultural […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Is a Flawed, Stylish Genre Mashup

    Film history has given us such memorable pairings as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. For his latest film, Michaël Roskam sought to emulate these dynamic duos with his own take on love, crime, and punishment. The result is “Racer and the Jailbird“, a flawed but ambitious film starring Matthias Schoenaerts […] More

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    TIFF Review: James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is a Rousing Success

    After receiving his first Oscar nomination for “127 Hours”, James Franco hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations of that honor. Though he remained incredibly prolific and acted in a few hits, his place on the A-list became precarious. Most noticeably, he made a foray into directing, which resulted in a slew of underwhelming indie […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Disobedience’ Is a Gripping, Complex Love Story

    Not content to bring just one award-winning film (“A Fantastic Woman“) to TIFF 2017, Sebastián Lelio doubles up this year with another engrossing female-led drama. Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, “Disobedience” marks his English-language debut. And more significantly, it is arguably his most impressive directing achievement to date. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel, “Disobedience” […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘You Disappear’ Is a Brainy Courtroom Drama

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVIAL: In the opening scene of Peter Schønau Fog’s “You Disappear“, a man (Frederik, played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas) recklessly joy rides his family car – with terrified wife and son inside – to a potentially deadly crash. Moments later, as the family exits the car to catch their breath, he […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle’ Tells a Charming Tale

    2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: With a title like “Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle“, you’d be correct in assuming this comedy-drama from Mike van Diem is not a simple story. Indeed, this cross-cultural, decades-spanning yarn is at its heart, a showcase for the art of storytelling. Whether you are narrating or being told a […] More

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    ‘I, Tonya’ Scores Distribution Deal With Neon & 30West

    A surprise hit at TIFF, dark comedy biopic “I, Tonya” landed a distribution deal with Neon and 30West, according to Deadline. The film stars Margot Robbie as infamous Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. In 1992, Harding landed at the center of a scandal when she was implicated in an attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. […] More

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