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TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia (dir. Bruce LaBruce) / Young and Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)

Two films about teenage sexuality yielding contrasting results: Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a teenager's passion for an octogenarian, while François Ozon's Young & Beautiful is a chic yet tacky take on a teenage girl's decision to prostitute herself.

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TIFF 2013: August: Osage County (dir. John Wells, 2013)

At TIFF, Alex Ramon enjoys the deluxe casting in John Wells's film of August: Osage County, especially Meryl Streep's scenery chewin' turn, but finds the material to be too much of a calculated dysfunction-fest.

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TIFF 2013: Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carney, 2013)

Alex Ramon finds himself underwhelmed by Once director John Carney's latest exercise in music-based uplift.

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TIFF 2013: Wałęsa. Man of Hope  (dir. Andrzej Wajda, 2013)

At TIFF, we find Andrzej Wajda's Lech Wałęsa biopic to be a surprisingly lively, cogent take on (part of) the life and times of one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century.

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TIFF 2013: A Story of Children and Film (dir. Mark Cousins) / InRealLife (dir. Beeban Kidron)

With a couple of fiction films punching below their weight, two major documentaries about young people prove to be the highlights of our second day at Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF 2013: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ (dir. Alain Guiraudie, 2013)

Guiraudie's movie unfolds entirely at a gay cruising area on the French coast where men flop naked on the beach, appraise each other and head to the woods for more intimate encounters

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TIFF 2013: ‘Bastards’ (dir. Claire Denis, 2013)

On his first day at TIFF 2013, Alex Ramon applauds two startling French features, the latest works from Claire Denis and Alain Guiraudie, that both twist the suspense thriller into fresh territory.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘A Dangerous Method’

David Cronenberg's latest is a chilly study of the creative and competitive triangle between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), and the lesser-known Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) in the early years of the 20th century.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘The Day’

Can a cannibal ever truly be redeemed? For the answer to this Augustinian question I guess you could watch The Day, but it's probably better to just let that be one of life's unaswerables.

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21 Sep 2011 // 7:01 AM

Mood was dark in films at Toronto film festival

TORONTO — The blood was boiling at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, where the movies were dark and brooding, with filmmakers churning up a

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Into the Abyss’

In his documentaries especially, Herzog throws the supposed regulations out completely, ditching any pretense toward objectivity or “documentation” for a decidedly first-person perspective

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Sons of Norway’

Sons of Norway, mockingly named after a Norwegian cultural heritage preservation society, tells the story of the role punk music and culture influenced a young boy on the cusp of his adolescence in 1978.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘The Descendants’

This is a mature and well-executed study of what happens when people die and leave us with their messes to clean up.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Kill List’

Kill List is the single most demented horror film I have seen in years, and maybe also the very best.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

An exquisite, terrifying, and marvelously vertiginous film, Martha Marcy May Marlene is my favourite movie of the Festival, and may stand up as my favourite picture of the year.

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15 Sep 2011 // 12:30 PM

A murky Oscar picture at Toronto

TORONTO — By the end of the first weekend of last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, a trio of movies — “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours”

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Elles’

Although in some ways a seductive feminist study of sex, power, and commerce -- for Binoche is writing this article for money, we cannot forget -- the overall impression by film's end is one of bewilderment rather than contemplation.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Dark Horse’

Todd Solondz (Happiness, Life During Wartime) understands tackiness on a deeper level than just about everyone else in the business besides John Waters.

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15 Sep 2011 // 7:30 AM

Pearl Jam comes out of its shell for 20th anniversary

TORONTO — Like a high school reunion or the sight of an aging Michael Jordan, word that Pearl Jam is celebrating its 20th anniversary can elicit

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Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘The Kid With a Bike’

This quiet little tour de force about a troubled young boy has bewitched the critics at this year's Festival.

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