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Sinking Into the Mire of 'Deepwater Horizon'

EXPLOSIVE ACTION ALONE CANNOT TELL THE TALE OF HISTORIC CATASTROPHE

by T.T. Stern-Enzi

The story is true, and should be fairly well-known to most, because it made headlines and dominated the news cycle back in April of 2010, when an explosion on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon created the worst oil spill in U.S. 675 more words

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'The Hollars' Is a Creative Family Affair

John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim Halpert on the hit television series The Office, has enjoyed occupying a familiar nice-guy comfort zone in the viewing public’s consciousness, but in no way should we be so quick to stereotype him. 511 more words

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Toronto Makes 'La La Land' an Oscar Favorite

At the just-concluded Toronto International Film Festival, from which I have just returned after nine days, orange shirt-wearing volunteers lurked near theater exits to collect votes from audience members for their favorite films. 645 more words

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Failure to Launch at TIFF 2016

Ewan McGregor’s ‘American Pastoral’ falls flat

What happens when a festival darling flies too close to the spotlight’s glare?

Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off and with it, the golden hopes of several titles, since TIFF, along with the festivals in Telluride, Venice, and New York (which all jockey for position during this rather crowded calendar block between late August and the end of September), helps to introduce the slate of films that will strive to carve out a generous slice of the box office earnings during their openings, while building steady buzz en route to garnering and winning the coveted awards from the filmmaking branch guilds, the critics and people’s prizes, and of course, the Academy’s top honors. 643 more words

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'The Birth of a Nation' Bears Strange Fruit

TORONTO – Here at the Toronto International Film Festival, the screening of The Birth of a Nation attracted much attention. With daring and defiance, actor and first-time feature-film writer-director Nate Parker chose that as the title for his take on Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion in Southampton County, Va. 688 more words

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Infinite Views of TIFF 2016: The Music of Conversations

Initially, I planned to title this installment, Interviews – Part 2. Not terribly original, I know, but since it’s a follow-up to Monday’s interview-heavy day, it seemed apropos. 946 more words

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Infinite Views of TIFF 2016: Interviews

When is an interview “not an interview?”

Pretty much anytime I happen to be in the driver’s seat for one of these conversational rides. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not the right person for press conference or roundtable interviews with talent. 604 more words

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