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January 22, 2007

Sundance Review: Sarah Polley's "Away From Her" is Heartwarming

?Away From Her? is a sensitive and touching film about a couple married for forty-five years dealing with premature Alzheimer?s disease. It's Sarah Polley's directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival.More…

September 25, 2006

Toronto Wrapup: Senh, Jen And Tim's Raves And Rants From The Festival

We saw some great movies, some of them big ("Babel") and some tiny ("The Patterns Trilogy"). We saw some interesting failures ("The Banquet") and some outright bombs ("All The King's Men"). We caught glimpses of big stars (Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, and Sean Penn, among others) and important directors (Brian De Palma, Paul Verhoeven, Darren Aronofsky, and John Waters). (Check the photo gallery for more.)More…

September 16, 2006

TORONTO: "Away From Her," "The Prisoner," "El Cantante," And More Purchased at Fest

Picturehouse led the pack of acquisitions at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, nabbing North American rights to "El Cantante," the biopic of Salsa singer Hector Lavoe starring Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony.More…

September 15, 2006

TORONTO: Blog Update -- "Bobby" Disappoints; On the Red Carpet for "The Fountain," "Breaking and Entering," and "Black Book"

When the RT crew has to wake up at the crack of dawn (8 a.m.) to watch a high-buzz flick ("Bobby") with a stellar cast (Sharon! Demi! Lindsay!), it had better be good. But the early morning screening of Emilio Estevez's ensemble pic didn't quite measure up -- good thing we've got awesome red carpet shots to brighten the day!More…

September 15, 2006

TORONTO: "Rescue Dawn," "D.O.A.P." and "Infamous" Reviewed

Following are short reviews of "Rescue Dawn," "Death Of A President" AKA "D.O.A.P." and "Infamous," reviewed by Tim Ryan at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.More…

September 13, 2006

TORONTO: Toronto Film Fest Proves a Boon for "Death of a President," "Rescue Dawn," and "The Prisoner"

Maybe it's the elections coming up south of the border (the Canadian border, that is), but buyers at the Toronto Film Festival seem to be veering towards the red diaper crowd -- and leaving some traditional festival fare cold (with notable exceptions like "Exiled"). With the festival entering its final days, the biggest fuss seems to be around movies that take a shot at the political.More…

September 13, 2006

TORONTO: Zhang Ziyi, Yuen Woo-Ping's Latest "Banquet" Not Very Fulfilling

Zhang Ziyi and action director Yuen Woo-Ping last worked together in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," a movie which helped change audience perception that martial arts movies can be artful and open the door for similar movies such as "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers." Their latest collaboration, "The Banquet," looks just as good as "Crouching Tiger," but the film is undermined by a story element that's over-used in recent wuxia epics from China. More on that later.More…

September 13, 2006

TORONTO: Reviews of "Borat," "Paris, Je T'aime," And More

The Toronto International Film Festival has a lot of movies that are making their premieres, but some have screened at Sundance and Cannes. Read on for our RT reviews from the archives.More…

September 13, 2006

TORONTO: In "Babel," The World Is Flat And Pain Is Universal

"Babel" is a work of remarkable craft, a masterpiece of sensorial and emotional intensity. The film, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, is a bleak, disquieting film for our troubled times, and a palpable sense of tension permeates throughout.More…

September 12, 2006

TORONTO: Blog Catch Up -- Flicks, Red Carpets, and Parties (Oh My!)

Wheeeee! A whirlwind of belated blog entries from over the action-packed weekend here at the Toronto International Film Festival, with pics from the red carpet (Zach Braff! Kate Winslet! Lance Bass!), the insane "Shortbus" party-concert, and of course, movies!More…

September 12, 2006

TORONTO: "The Fountain" Is Untidy But Fascinating

"The Fountain" has become known as a troubled production, delayed for several years and booed upon its debut in Venice. It turns out the early reaction was only half correct. The film, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, is indeed messy, but it's thought-provoking and beautiful as well.More…

September 11, 2006

TORONTO: Short Reviews Of "Stranger than Fiction," "Little Children," and "The Host"

"Stranger than Fiction" is amusing but never quite soars; "Little Children" is a tense character study with fine performances; and "The Host" is a loony monster movie with unexpected depth. Here are short reviews of these films, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.More…

September 10, 2006

TORONTO: "All The King's Men" Misfires

"All The King's Men" is handsomely mounted. It features a stellar cast. And it's a misfire from the opening frames. The film, which makes its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, has all the trappings of an Oscar-bait prestige picture, only without any of the emotional resonance or insight into the politics of its era -- or ours. It?s never clear what the movie is trying to say.More…

September 10, 2006

TORONTO: Blog Day 2 -- "Fiction," "Babel," and the Flaming Lips Live!!

On Day Two of the Toronto International Film Festival, your humble Tomato correspondents finally got into the swing of things. We saw some particularly strong films ("Babel," "Deliver Us From Evil"), hit a red carpet, and went to a cookout -- with the Flaming Lips.More…

September 9, 2006

TORONTO: "Pan's Labyrinth" Is Brutal, Beautiful Fantasy

A magic realist fairy tale set in Fascist Spain, "Pan's Labyrinth" is endlessly imaginative, an embarrassment of visual riches. Screened at the Toronto Film Festival; read on for the full review!More…

September 9, 2006

TORONTO: Herzog's "Rescue Dawn" Kicks Off Market On the Road to Oscar

MGM made the first major pick-up Saturday at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, shelling out the bucks for Werner Herzog's Vietnam POW pic, "Rescue Dawn."More…

September 8, 2006

TORONTO: Blog Day 1 -- "Barley," "Banquet," and the Opening Night Gala!

On Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tomatoes had an early day. We all started strong for the 9am screenings of "This Filthy World" (Jen), "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" (Tim), and "The Banquet" (Senh). Plus, the first (amazing) party of the fest!More…

September 8, 2006

TORONTO: John Waters, Front and Center in ?This Filthy World?

Legendary filmmaker John Waters, aptly named the "Pope of Trash" years back, stars solo in front of the camera in "This Filthy World," screened at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. As fans already know, Waters is possessed of a canny wit and a lifetime of experience mastering the art of trash cinema, both of which make this 86-minute stand-up routine a raucous event to behold.More…

September 7, 2006

TORONTO: "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" Review

The leftfield winner of the Palme D?Or at Cannes, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" tells the story of a group of Irish Republican Army members during the heady moments when Ireland was on the cusp of independence from Britain. But while there is much to admire here, the film, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, lacks the visceral impact to really work as a whole.More…