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TIFF Review: A United Kingdom

September 13, 2016 21:33:32 Posted at September 13, 2016 21:33:32
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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There’s a common problem with biopics and historical dramas of trying to do too much. It’s what makes a biopic feel overstuffed and shallow at the same time—there’s a lot of information being imparted, but the constant stream of exposition means less time devoted to story and character. Full Story

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Xavier Dolan deserves a break

September 13, 2016 20:35:20 Posted at September 13, 2016 20:35:20
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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I have a ton of respect and admiration for Xavier Dolan. It’s hard not to, right? He’s 27. Every profile or review of his work mentions his age. He’s had movie after movie at Cannes, so much acclaim, directed Adele’s Hello video, has an LV campaign and is working on an English-language debut with Jessica Chastain in the lead role. Full Story

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American Honey really wants you to think it's as good as Spring Breakers... but it's not

September 13, 2016 17:29:19 Posted at September 13, 2016 17:29:19
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile dancing on the famous red steps in Cannes alongside the American Honey cast, including Shia LaBeouf? It was one of the more memorable moments from May's otherwise ultra-formal film festival. The couple attended to show support to Kristen's friends, who are in the film — including Riley Keough Full Story

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Amy Adams makes Arrival

September 13, 2016 16:21:31 Posted at September 13, 2016 16:21:31
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Space movies are making a comeback, thanks to audiences who only turn out for widescreen spectacles (same reason Westerns are coming back), and in Arrival we get one of the better recent space movies, even though technically, it doesn’t take place in space. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, and adapted by Eric Heisserer from Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life, Arrival is a first contact movie in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Contact that successfully makes vocabulary lessons some of the tensest scenes of the year. Full Story

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Rachel Weisz in Denial at TIFF

September 13, 2016 15:27:34 Posted at September 13, 2016 15:27:34
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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The phrase "never forget" has taken on a sarcastic connotation on social media, or in pop culture, and is often used to memorialize shortlived celebrity couples, fads or memes. But its origins stem from a scarier idea: that we need to remember certain moments in history (the Holocaust, 9/11) so that they are not repeated. Full Story

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Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling at their best in La La Land

September 13, 2016 14:25:11 Posted at September 13, 2016 14:25:11
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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(Lainey: Sarah texted me right after the La La Land screening yesterday to tell me she liked it. “You liked a musical?” I started laughing. Because if Sarah couldn’t find a way to loathe a musical, it says something about the musical. This is why La La Land and Emma Stone are currently the frontrunners for Oscar. Full Story

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Dear Gossips,

This weekend, Emma Stone was named Venice Film Festival Best Actress for her performance in La La Land. La La Land screens at TIFF today and, as of this morning, Emma and Ryan Gosling are expected at the premiere tonight.  Read Full Intro

TIFF Review: Queen of Katwe

September 12, 2016 21:37:57 Posted at September 12, 2016 21:37:57
Kathleen Posted by Kathleen
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Queen of Katwe is a Disney movie set in Uganda starring an all black cast and directed by a woman. Its heroine is a girl. There are no white saviours. It’s about an 11 year-old chess prodigy who overcomes impossible circumstances to achieve greatness in a game usually reserved for the prep school elite. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Moonlight

September 12, 2016 21:22:25 Posted at September 12, 2016 21:22:25
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Moonlight, the second film from writer/director Barry Jenkins, poses a lot of questions about race, class, identity, sexuality, masculinity, what it means to be black in America, to be gay in America, to be black and gay in America, and whether or not we’re ready to admit that Boyhood was sh*t Full Story

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Tom Ford & half My Obsession

September 12, 2016 18:39:20 Posted at September 12, 2016 18:39:20
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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I covered the Nocturnal Animals red carpet at TIFF for etalk last night. That's Tom Ford. Blaring at me on my schedule for days. Every time I looked at it I felt sick. It's Tom Ford. He can be intimidating. Full Story

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Natalie Portman in Jackie

September 12, 2016 16:55:29 Posted at September 12, 2016 16:55:29
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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If you ask Natalie Portman which performance was more daunting: dancing in Black Swan or mastering Jacqueline Kennedy's poise for Jackie, she might say the former was harder. But on the Jackie red carpet last night, she admitted to our camera crew and my friend and colleague Danielle Graham that playing "Mrs. Full Story

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