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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL Day 1 Capsule Reviews: “The Magnificent 7″” & “Free Fire”

  THE MAGNIFICENT 7 (Village Roadshow/MGM/Columbia/Sony – Sept 23):  Cinema survived in 1960 when Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece The Seven Samurai was transformed into an American western, and it will survive th...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Albert Nobbs”

> Rodrigo Garcia’s film ALBERT NOBBS (he shares auteurship with Glenn Close, who served as screenwriter with John Banville and Gabriella Prekop and as a producer as well as star) caters to what used to be called the James...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Passion”

It’s unfortunately not saying very much to note that PASSION is the best eeffort Brian DePalma has managed to turn in lately.  DePalma’s Redacted was one of the worst films by a major American director in recent...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”

> I wasn’t aware that the Toronto Film Festival showed TV pilots until I caught a screening of PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING.  As a pilot, Peace certainly has its appeal, with a strong cast that includes Jane Fo...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Wish I Was Here”

  Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE, his first film as a writer-director since Garden State 10 years ago, mixes genuine, deeply-felt emotion with the kind of contrivances that would grate even on a second-rate sitcom.  (...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Werner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss”

> Welcome to SHOWBUZZDAILY’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, where the reviews will be as plentiful as we can cram into a week. TIFF started things off on a less-than-festive note with Werner Herzog&#...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “On the Road”

  ON THE ROAD – Worth A Ticket – Kerouac’s Classic Is Beautiful and Atmospheric But Lacks Urgency ON THE ROAD, as a novel and now as a film adaptation, is so enmeshed with the mythology of the real-life p...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Ten Year”

> TEN YEAR, which premiered tonight at the Toronto Film Festival, is one of the few festival movies that has the feel of a potential hit.  This is because, apart from its hugely engaging cast and, to be sure, some effectiv...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Writers”

  WRITERS is considered an “independent” movie because it was made without big-studio financing and because its stars (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell) are familiar faces, but not at the level th...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Butter”

> Jim Field Smith’s comedy BUTTER, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, ambitiously makes a play for both the heartwarming indie Little Miss Sunshine audience and the satire-minded Election crowd.  That may ...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: Gus Van Sant’s “Restless”

> Gus Van Sant has been making movies for 25 years, but Restless–apart from its technical polish–feels like the work of a Sundance newcomer. And one who’s been reading too much Salinger, while meanwhile wearin...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Anna Karenina”

  ANNA KARENINA – Watch It At Home – Beautiful But Overconceptualized Version of the Tolstoy Classic Joe Wright was introduced to the world with his film of Pride and Prejudice, and it seems like he’s b...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “Rampart”

> Oren Moverman’s first film as a director, The Messenger, was a beautifully contained, emotionally detailed story about soldiers assigned to deliver tragic news to the families of the deceased.  In his new film RAMP...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “The Sessions”

Oscar buzz has been trailing THE SESSIONS (which was then called The Surrogate) since it was unveiled at Sundance in January, and with good reason.  For Academy members, it doesn’t get much better than a warm “base...
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THE BIJOU @ TIFF; Collected Reviews

>Click below for all SHOWBUZZDAILY‘s collected Toronto Film Festival reviews, in alphabetical order: 360 50/50 ALBERT NOBBS THE ARTIST BUTTER DAMSELS IN DISTRESS THE DEEP BLUE SEA THE DESCENDANTS DRIVE HICK THE IDES OF MA...
by Mitch Salem