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Mother courage

The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
Agnès Varda in Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 10, 2009
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Making us stronger

I’m back from the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, where the unexpected hit among discerning critics was a Boston-made crime melodrama.
Boston’s What Doesn’t Kill You scores at Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 17, 2008
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Lost and found

Let’s Get Lost  is getting a deserved second act, with a restored 35mm print screening at the Brattle Theatre January 25 through February 7.
Bruce Weber’s portrait of Chet Baker
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 22, 2008
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Noah’s arc

William Faulkner conceived The Sound and the Fury from a mental picture of a pair of women’s underpants dangling on a clothesline.
Baumbach from Squid to Margot
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 20, 2007
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Heavy casualties

In 1989, filmmaker Brian De Palma directed the potent Hollywood feature Casualties of War , taking his audience back in time to a vile true-life incident from Vietnam.
History repeats in De Palma’s Redacted
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2007
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007


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Franken-Guy!

Why not the Hub?
Brand upon the Brain! , plus Bellocchio
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 27, 2007
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Sick puppy

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s audacious premise for his 2006 feature Sleeping Dogs Lie did him in.
Sleeping Dogs Lie and Boy Culture
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 01, 2007
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Guest appearance

Those who expect ingratiating clowning and motormouth shtick from Christopher Guest, funny-ha-ha filmmaker of Waiting for Guffman , Best of Show , and A Mighty Wind , guess again. In public, he’s deadpan and somber.
Comedy is hard in For Your Consideration
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 14, 2006
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Terror incognita

Even as Aussie Phillip Noyce built a lucrative career as a director of proficient 1990s Hollywood blockbusters, fans of the distinguished films he’d made back home felt sold out.
Phillip Noyce takes on apartheid
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 25, 2006
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‘Ice’ is nice

In culture-crazy Reykjavík, the city of 200,000 that spawned Björk, Icelanders have practically everything to get them through the cool-to-cold weather: a symphony orchestra, dance and theater companies, rock bands and poetry readings, and an astonishing
Schmoozing at the Reykjavík Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 11, 2006


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Haven

Orlando Bloom executive-produced this crime thriller set in the Grand Caymans back in 2004; it got a look at the Toronto Film Festival that year and has been sitting on the shelf ever since — with good reason. Watch the trailer for Haven   (QuickTime
A lot of fuss without any payoff  
By TOM MEEK  |  September 20, 2006
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Pedro, Borat, and a castrato

As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 20, 2006
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Chicken hawk?

Who would have expected such a sweet, good-natured movie after the chic ugliness and depravity of Kids and Bully ?
Larry Clark’s Wassup Rockers
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 05, 2006
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No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006