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The Raid: Lights, Camera, Action! Action! Action!

By Robert Barlow

There’s always a film or two playing during the Toronto International Film Festival that creates such a buzz that no matter what other film you are waiting in line for, people just can’t stop talking about it. In 2011, one such film was director Gareth Evans’ The Raid, which ended up winning the People’s Choice Award for best Midnight Madness film at that year’s festival.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

By Matt Passantino

Walking into Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, I knew Elaine Stritch by name only. In terms of her work, I really did not know much outside of her recurring role as Alec Baldwin’s mother on 30 Rock. That is the reason I went to the film – to learn about a legend in the entertainment business. The documentary, which clocks in at a breezy 80 minutes, covers a wide range of material and really spotlights the outspoken comedian and Broadway star.

Another Earth: Another You and Me

By Robert Barlow

Are we alone in the universe? That is a question we have been asking since we first looked up into the night sky and saw millions of bright lights sparkling down on us.

With their film Another Earth, co-writer and director Mike Cahill, and co-writer and star Brit Marling take that question to the next level by wondering if there exists a parallel universe in which “duplicates” of ourselves lead lives as we do – with a few small differences.

Picturing a Painting

By Robert Barlow

What is and isn’t art has been debated ever since paint was first put to canvas. A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, takes that argument even further by asking if there is or isn’t a difference between an artist and an inventor.

In the documentary, Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography?

Oscar Victory Lap

By Robert Barlow

The votes have been counted and the golden statues awarded.  Two of the biggest winners on Hollywood’s biggest night have returned this week to the Little to strut their stuff.


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