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Trailer: ‘The Awakening’ aims to provide old-fashioned scares

Though it had premieres at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and the 55th BFI London Film Festival (and was covered in reviews here and here on the site), this coming Friday, The Awakening, a British horror film starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton, will be opening wide ...

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‘Footnote’ bold, brilliant and literary

Footnote Written by Joseph Cedar Directed by Joseph Cedar Israel, 2011 Footnote is unusual in that it does a number of things well; more to the point, it does a number of things seamlessly. It tells a quintessentially Jewish story in a way that is not just accessible, but relevant, ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ ranks as one of the greatest directorial debuts of all time

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Martha Marcy May Marlene Directed by Sean Durkin Screenplay by Sean Durkin 2011, USA Winner of the Best Dramatic Direction award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a clever, creepy and extremely striking reflection on the duplicitous way cults instill their beliefs when feeding on ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘The Day’ a worthy addition to the siege horror genre

The Day Written by Luke Passmore Directed by Doug Aarniokoski   2011, USA The Day delivers on the thrills one expects from a Midnight Madness screening: splatter kills, seat-crunching suspense and visceral action set pieces are delivered in meaty portions  guaranteed to have audiences screaming and clapping.   Director Doug Aarniokoski, ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘Take Shelter’ a sober, poetic take on mental illness

Take Shelter Directed by Jeff Nichols Screenplay by Jeff Nichols 2011, USA Take Shelter, director Jeff Nichols’s sophomore feature and second collaboration with actor Michael Shannon (after Shotgun Stories) ranks among the year’s best. A study of paranoia plaguing rural America – this psychological thriller hints at the director’s admiration ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘Hysteria’ provides a sweet, swift history of the vibrator

Hysteria Directed by Tanya Wexler Written by Stephen Dyer 2011, USA/UK/Luxembourg/France Considering that this is a romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator, there are a few things you should know. During the nineteenth century, “female hysteria” was a common catchall diagnosis for women suffering from a wide variety ...

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TIFF 2011 – Twelve Days In: Ricky D’s final blog entry plus twenty two more reviews to digest

The Toronto International Film Festival ended yesterday and I have to say, it is the most exhausting film festival I have ever attended. Even compared to Fantasia, which runs nearly four weeks long, TIFF manages to suck all my energy. Perhaps the main reason why I find it so tiring ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘Take Shelter’ / ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

Martha Marcy May Marlene Directed by Sean Durkin Written by Sean Durkin 2011, USA A hauntingly beautiful, artfully structured, pitch-perfect psychological thriller, Martha Marcy May Marlene is easily among the best of this year’s festival offerings. The film is an achievement that any director ought to be proud of, but ...

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TIFF: 2011 award winners are…

TIFF announced its 2011 award winners earlier today and the coveted People’s Choice Award was a bit of a surprise, going to a film nobody seemed to care for: Nadine Labaki’s Where do We Go Now, a film TIFF says tells the “heartwarming tale of a group of women’s determination ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘The Last Gladiators’ a documentary for puck-heads

The Last Gladiators Directed by Alex Gibney 2011, USA, 94 minutes This documentary is for hockey fans only, and by God, will hockey fans love it. The enforcer is a controversial role in hockey, beloved by fans but derided by the evening news. “Gretzky never punches anyone,” they cluck. They ...

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