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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: Men, Women & Children (2014)

This film is another classic case of “critics clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.” Jason Reitman called this his version of American Beauty, and while it doesn’t quite reach the heights that Mendes’ film did, it’s just as captivating as it deals with similar ideas and themes. 181 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: 99 Homes (2014)

Started off with so much promise, but somewhere in the second act, it lost almost all credibility and took the nastiest nose-dive. Before that, it was a fascinating look at the housing crisis in 2010, anchored by strong performances and tense moral conflict. 163 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: Manglehorn (2014)

Meandering and unfocused, Manglehorn felt like a misfire from beginning to end. Pacino mumbles and broods his way through most of the film….a film that doesn’t seem to have any sort of discernible direction or concrete plot. 119 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: Wild (2014)

An impressive follow-up to The Dallas Buyers Club. It’s clear that Jean-Marc VallĂ©e is an immensely talented filmmaker who, unlike many Canadian filmmakers who switch to the American side of the industry, seems to be able to hold onto his creative control, even as his American projects continue to grow in size and scope. 146 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: Partners in Crime (2014)

A little-known Taiwanese high school murder mystery film that turned out to be a great, tense, and beautifully shot flick about loneliness and the desperate things people do to avoid it. 78 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: The Cobbler (2014)

I was weary of seeing this film after hearing about the terrible reviews it was getting from critics at its press screening, but after seeing it, I’m proud to report that these so-called critics have no idea what they’re talking about. 123 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE @ TIFF: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

Easily the most absurd, bizarre, and insane film I’ve seen a quite a long time. It’s a series of pitch-black comedic sketches revolving around themes of death, friendship, cruelty, and many other things, but they all seem to be connected by the mundane aspects of everyday life. 205 more words

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