MyMovies: MATT'S 2010

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1.
From Paris with Love (2010)
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In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city. (92 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ D-PIERRE MOREL(TAKEN, DISTRICT B13), W-LUC BESSON(TAKEN, DISTRICT 13, LA FEMME NIKITA , SUBWAY and many other producer, writer, and director roles), with JOHN TRAVOLTA 8/10, A personal aide to U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) - a trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he's a target of the same crime ring they're trying to bust, he realizes there's no turning back...and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive ” - sharmatt
 
2.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
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A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ ROMAN POLANSKI, FRANCE/GERMAN/UK PROD, ENGLISH, A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. Akin to Tony Blair and Cheney's Haliburton? ” - sharmatt
 
3.
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)
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A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness. (102 mins.)
Director: Udayan Prasad
“ UDAYAN PRASAD, with WM HURT 9 perf, MARIA BELLO 9 perf, NAR 8,TOG 9, One lazy afternoon in a backwater Louisiana town, Martine takes a leap into an unfamiliar convertible. The driver, Gordy, an awkward young itinerant who eyed her in the diner earlier, isn't displeased to find this pretty sylph in his front seat. Soon they meet Brett, a laconic, humble man just released from prison. Martine isn't keen on going solo with Gordy, and now it's raining cats and dogs, so she invites Brett along, and the unlikely trio sets out, each person unsure of the destination. What ensues is a journey through the lush green byways of rural Louisiana and into the depths of these characters' souls. ” - sharmatt
 
4.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ MOTHER, JOON-HO BONG, S. KOREA, A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned. ” - sharmatt
 
5.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO, SWEDEN, Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. ” - sharmatt
 
6.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
“ ITALY, The powerful new film from acclaimed auteur Marco Bellocchio (My Mothers Smile, Good Morning, Night, The Wedding Director), VINCERE is a compelling drama based on the littleknown story of Benito Mussolinis first wife. Ida Dalsar (Giovanno Mezzogiorno) and Mussolini (Filippo Timi) begin their liaison in 1914; she is a well-to-do beauty salon owner and he is an impoverished young Socialist and union activist. When Ida sells all her possessions to fund her lover's new newspaper, the rise of Fascism is set into play An official selection of the Cannes, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, VINCERE is a gripping film that combines drama, archive footage, and music creating a highly cinematic oratorio of enormous emotional force ” - sharmatt
 
7.
City Island (2009)
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The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find... (104 mins.)
“ RAYMOND DE FELITTA, with ANDY GARCIA, EMILY MORTIMER, ALAN ARKIN, The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.  ” - sharmatt
 
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Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. ” - sharmatt
 
9.
The Joneses (2009)
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A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors. (96 mins.)
Director: Derrick Borte
“ "The Joneses", a social commentary on our consumerist society. Perfect couple Steve and Kate Jones, and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn and Mick, are the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class. Kate is the ultimate trend setter - beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Steve is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of high-tech toys. Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy - cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as the neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the truth about this all- too perfect family. ” - sharmatt
 
10.
Spider (2007 Short Film)
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Some people make ignorant choices that harm others, yet never seem to suffer the consequences themselves - until they do. (9 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
“ LIVE ACTION SHORT 9', Jill is annoyed with Jack, ignoring his attempts to get her to smile as she drives a city road. She stops for petrol, and while she's filling the tank, he goes into the station's mini-mart and buys a bouquet, chocolates, and a few odds and ends. While she's paying, he sits in the passenger seat, strewing the flowers and things. She pushes away the flowers, starts the car, and resumes driving, staring straight ahead. He peels the paper off a chocolate and sets it on the dash near her hand. She takes it. He sets out another; soon she softens, then, she folds down the visor. Has Jack made things right again? And the tuffet? ” - sharmatt
 
11.
The Square (2008)
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A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash. (105 mins.)
Director: Nash Edgerton
“ Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray's moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband's latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run... If only it were that simple. ” - sharmatt
 
12.
Two in the Wave (2010 Documentary)
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Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later... (91 mins.)
“ TWO IN THE WAVE, FRANCE, DOCU, COL-COA, Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later. Love of movies brings them together. They write in the same magazines, Cahiers du Cinema and Arts. When the younger of the two becomes a filmmaker with "The 400 Blows", which triumphs in Cannes in 1959, he helps his older friend shift to directing, offering him a screenplay which already has a title, A bout de souffle, or Breathless. Through the 1960s the two loyally support each other. History and politics separate them in 1968, when Godard plunges into radical politics but Truffaut continues his career as before. Between the two of them, the actor Jean-Pierre Leaud is torn like a child caught between two separated and warring parents. Their friendship and their break-up embody the story of French cinema. ” - sharmatt
 
13.
Heartbreaker (2010)
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Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. (105 mins.)
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
“ HEARTBREAKER, FRANCE, COL-COA, Heartbreaker is an action-packed romantic comedy, led by actress-singer Vanessa Paradis (Girl on the Bridge, The Key) and art house heartthrob Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Paris (COL•COA 2008), Russian Dolls). Duris is Alex, a professional Don Juan who makes a living breaking up couples with his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier, MicMacs). Because business is slow, they go against their principles to break up only unhappy couples and agree to work for M. Van Der Bercq. Alex has one week to stop Van Der Bercq's daughter Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) from marrying the man she is madly in love with. This questionable mission becomes hazardous for Alex, as he enters the world of the beautiful, self-assured and independent Juliette and her seemingly perfect boyfriend, Jonathan. ” - sharmatt
 
14.
The Concert (2009)
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Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians... (119 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
“ FRANCE, COL-COA, Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. As a solo violin player to accompany his old Jewish or Gypsy musicians he wants Anne-Marie Jacquet, a young virtuoso. If they all overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph. ” - sharmatt
 
15.
My Father's Guests (2010)
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Lucien Paumelle has been a human rights activist for decades and his relatives are not astonished when... (100 mins.)
Director: Anne Le Ny
“ MY FATHER'S GUESTS, FRANCE,COL-COA, Lucien is a retired doctor known for his progressive beliefs and militant involvement in humanitarian causes. At the age of 80, he takes his convictions a step further and marries Tatiana, a young illegal immigrant from Moldavia, so she can stay in the country. From his daughter Babette (Karin Viard, Paris (COL•COA 2008), Change of Plans, The New Eve), herself a doctor who has always worshipped her father’s progressive convictions, to his son Arnaud (Fabrice Luchini, Molière, Intimate Strangers, Colonel Chabert, The Aviator’s Wife), who became a rich business lawyer partly as rebellion against him, everyone has a different interpretation of what seems like an old man’s whim. Chaos ensues as Tatiana makes herself at home and Lucien starts talking about inheritance ” - sharmatt
 
16.
Mademoiselle Chambon (2009)
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Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request... (101 mins.)
“ FRANCE, Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm. His ordinary life between family and work starts to falter. ” - sharmatt
 
17.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ JEAN-LUC GODARD, FRANCE, Ferdinand Griffon is married with his wealthy Italian wife and has been recently fired from the television where he worked. His wife forces him to go to a party in the house of her influent father that wants to introduce Ferdinand to a potential employer. Her brother brings the babysitter Marianne Renoir to take care of their children. Ferdinand feels bored in the bourgeois party and borrows his brother-in-law's car to return home. He meets Marianne, who was his lover five years ago and insists to call him Pierrot, and offers to take her home; however, he spends the night with her and finds that she is involved in smuggling weapons. When Marianne is chased by terrorists, they decide to travel to the beach without any money, leaving Paris and his family behind in a crazy journey to nowhere. ” - sharmatt
 
18.
Silent Voice (2009)
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A tale of crossed destinies in a prison visiting room. (120 mins.)
Director: Léa Fehner
“ SILENT VOICES, FRANCE, COL-COA, Léa Fehner lived next to a correction facility when she was growing up. Moved by the ghosts that she saw and heard there, she started volunteering with a non-profit association, offering support to the families visiting their loved ones in jail. This experience inspired the characters in Silent Voices. Sixteen-year old Laure (Pauline Étienne, Private Lessons, Restless) wants to see the incarcerated man with whom she is passionately in love, but she needs an adult to enter the prison. Zorah (Farida Rahouadj, A Day at the Museum (COL•COA 2009), How Much Do You Love Me) has come all the way from Algeria to meet her son’s murderer face to face. Stéphane (Reda Kateb, A Prophet) has agreed to swap places with an inmate who looks like him. They don’t know each other yet, but their paths cross in the visiting room of this prison.  ” - sharmatt
 
19.
Vengeance (2009)
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A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. (108 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ VENGEANCE, JOHNNY TO, A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. ” - sharmatt
 
20.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ A PROPHET, JACQUES AUDIARD, FRANCE, TIFF, PSIFF, FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCAR NOM, A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. ” - sharmatt
 
21.
Babies (2010 Documentary)
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A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. (79 mins.)
Director: Thomas Balmès
“ BABIES, A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. ” - sharmatt
 
22.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010 Documentary)
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A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies. (118 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ ALEX GIBNEY DOCU, Jack Abramoff was very good at what he did, which was taking money from people, such as at casinos in Indian reservations or with making deals in the Marianas, as favors. Lots of money was thrown to Jack and his cronies like Michael Scanlon as if they were giving protection, or just acting as lobbyists do, which is often, at best, shady work and at worst downright immoral. But hey, where does morality come into play when you can make millions, have jets and sudden getaways to play golf in Scotland, and/or season tickets to give away as freebies to sweeten up people at football games? It's a story of how a guy like Abramoff, a smooth talker and hardcore conservative, almost got away with his bribery and extortion tactics because, basically, Washington itself would condone most of his actions until he crossed the line. In this D.C., Mr. Smith couldn't get the time of day. ” - sharmatt
 
23.
Mother and Child (2009)
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A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own. (125 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ W/D RODRIGO GARCIA, TIFF, PRODUCED BY ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU, Almost forty years ago, a young girl of 14 has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), a smart and successful lawyer who uses her body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss (Samuel L. Jackson) when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband (Carla Gallo and Marc Blucas). Karen (Annette Bening), meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of 14 (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably drawn to her (Jimmy Smits). Finally, Lucy (Kerry Washington) is a woman who has failed to conceive with her husband, so she turns to adoption to make the family she desires. ” - sharmatt
 
24.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
“ MICMACS, FRANCE, Director and co-writer Jean-Pierre Jeunet is back doing what he likes best, which is moving eccentric characters around a board in a miniature game of fate and chance ” - sharmatt
 
25.
Oceans (2009 Documentary)
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An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world. (104 mins.)
“ DISNEY DOCU, An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world. ” - sharmatt
 
26.
Please Give (2010)
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In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns. (90 mins.)
“ NICOLE HOLOFCENER, In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns. ” - sharmatt
 
27.
Solitary Man (2009)
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A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions. (90 mins.)
“ W/D DAVID KOPPELMAN, with MICHAEL DOUGLAS, A car magnate watches his personal and professional life hit the skids because of his business and romantic indiscretions. ” - sharmatt
 
28.
Mahler on the Couch (2010)
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Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud. (98 mins.)
“ MAULER ON THE COUCH, PERCY AND FELIX ADLON, FATHER SON, Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.Percy Adlon, who once made a movie about Marcel Proust that focused on his maid, is up to old tricks in this delightful, witty, artistically vigorous and occasionally loony fantasia about Vienna's cultural elite 100 years ago. "Mahler on the Couch," which Adlon wrote and directed with his son Felix, manages to pose a serious, intimate study in obsessive jealousy while, like a gaga celebrity hunter, bumping into just about everybody who's anybody in Viennese society circa 1910. ” - sharmatt
 
29.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
“ An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. ” - sharmatt
 
30.
Make Believe (2010 Documentary)
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Six of the world's best young magicians battle for the title of Teen World Champion. (88 mins.)
Director: J. Clay Tweel
“ DOCU, JAPAN, USA, A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, this film follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion. ” - sharmatt
 
31.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
“ THE SECRET OF HER EYES, JUAN JOSE CAMPANELLA, ARGENTINA, SPANISH, W.P. TIFF, A man wants to solve a murder committed 30 years ago. A prosecutor of a court in Buenos Aires, is about to retire and decides to write a novel based on a case that deeply affected him thirty years ago. Espósito’s tale crosses Argentina’s turbulent years during the 1970s, when nothing was necessarily what it seemed to be. A revenge film that reflects that love and pain will endure. Sharon and I both liked this film. ” - sharmatt
 
32.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ DOCU, Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed" ” - sharmatt
 
33.
John Rabe (2009)
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A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38. (134 mins.)
“ GERMAN, PSIFF, When the Japanese launch the 1937 Rape of Nanking, German businessman John Rabe fights to set up a secure zone for his workers and their families, opposed by those who despise his Nazi leanings. This stirring epic, the story of "China's Oscar Schindler," is based on Rabe's recently discovered diaries.  ” - sharmatt
 
34.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.  ” - sharmatt
 
35.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ LISA CHOLODENKO, Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. ” - sharmatt
 
36.
Lebanon (2009)
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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
“ Samuel Maoz, Israel TIFF VIS, North American Premiere, Set in June 1982 during the Israel-Lebanon War, the film follows a young and heroic tank crew that finds itself in a situation that cannot be contained. The crew copes with impossible conflicts, losing its way amid the chaos of war. Most of the film takes place inside the tank yet its fierce determination and cinematic excellence will be unbelievable. Compare this one to DAS BOOT ” - sharmatt
 
37.
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
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A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese... (117 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ BRUCE BERESFORD, AUSTRALIA, A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet. ” - sharmatt
 
38.
Get Low (2009)
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A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive. (103 mins.)
Director: Aaron Schneider
“ A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive. ROBERT DUVALL and SISSY SPACEK in Oscar perfs. ” - sharmatt
 
39.
The Extra Man (2010)
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A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. (108 mins.)
“ Kevin Kline is one of the few actors who can pull off being dapper and eccentric simultaneously. Now he's older, grayer, dandier - and even more persuasive as a dashing gentleman nutcase. His performance in "The Extra Man" offers a highly specific movie-going joy: the chance to watch a great actor gobble up a role with mincing delicacy. For Kline's performance alone, "The Extra Man" is well worth seeing. It's also worth seeing for its old-fashioned charm, for its sweetly peculiar New York Upper East Side ambience and for the literate, comic elements of its screenplay


 ” - sharmatt
 
40.
The Tillman Story (2010 Documentary)
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Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
“ Pat Tillman's family comes forward to tell the real story about what happened on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan when the pro football player-turned-U.S. soldier was killed by friendly fire and not the Taliban, as first reported. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary pieces together the Tillmans' search for the truth, how they exposed a military cover-up that led to top-ranking officers and called to the carpet the likes of Donald Rumsfeld. ” - sharmatt
 
41.
Soul Kitchen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. (99 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
“ Fatih Akin, Germany, North American Premiere
From the director of Head-on comes the story of a young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycotting the new gourmet chef, and he's having back trouble. Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn't mend Zinos' broken heart. He decides to fly to China for Nadine, leaving the restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. This was probably the most FEEL GOOD film of the festival. ” - sharmatt
 
42.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ MESRINE PUBLIC ENEMY #1, The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. The follow-up film to "Public Enemy No. 1. ” - sharmatt
 
43.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT, TIFF, Mesrine: Killer Instinct -- the first of two parts -- charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy ” - sharmatt
 
44.
The American (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack (George Clooney) declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him. Although duty will surely call, Jack becomes friends with Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and falls for villager Clara (Violante Placido) in this suspense thriller directed by Anton Corbijn. ” - sharmatt
 
45.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
“ THE MILK OF SORROW, PSIFF, OSCAR, PERU, Winner of the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin festival, this striking and supremely stylish drama deals with the aftermath of the war on terrorism through the story of simple maid Fausta and her attempts to come to grips with her illness of fear. ” - sharmatt
 
46.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name. (129 mins.)
“ THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, SWEDEN,Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation ” - sharmatt
 
47.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court. (147 mins.)
“ THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, SWEDEN, W/STIEG LARSSON, TRIAD TO THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO, Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Lisbeth is plotting her own revenge against the people who put her in this situation.  ” - sharmatt
 
48.
The Reverse (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A story about women, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty... (99 mins.)
Director: Borys Lankosz
“ REVERSE, POLAND, OSCAR NOMINEE, PSIFF, A darkly comic story of three generations of Polish women and the mysterious young man whose presence sparks a series of surprising events that change all of their lives. Best Film, Actress, and Cinematography, Gdynia Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award, Warsaw Film Festival. ” - sharmatt
 
49.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire. (133 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ OLIVER STONE, with MICHAEL DOUGLAS, FRANK LAGELLA, ELI WALLACH, SUSAN SARANDON, CAREY MULLIGAN, Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (1987) was a wake-up call about the financial train wreck the Street was headed for. Had we only listened. Or perhaps we listened too well, and Gordon ("Greed Is Good") Gekko became the role model for a generation of amoral financial pirates who put hundreds of millions into their pockets while bankrupting their firms and bringing the economy to its knees. As "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" begins, Gekko has been able to cool his heels for many of the intervening years in a federal prison, which is the film's biggest fantasy; the thieves who plundered the financial system are still mostly in power, and congressional zealots resist efforts to regulate the system. In some ways, Gordon Gekko himself (Michael Douglas) serves as a moral center for the film. Out from behind bars, author of Is Greed Good? and lecturer to business students, he at first seems to be a standard repentant sinner. Then he meets a young trader named Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) and finds himself edging back into play. Jake wants to marry Gekko's daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), who hasn't spoken to her father for years. Maybe Jake can be the conduit for their reconciliation. He sincerely loves Winnie, who is a liberal blogger. Jake himself is ambitious, already has his first million, wants more, but we see he has a good heart because he wants his firm to back alternative energy. Is this because he is green, or only likes it? A little of both, probably. Jake works for an old-line Wall Street house named Keller Zabel, headed by his mentor and father figure Louis Zabel (Frank Langella). This firm is brought to its knees by a snake named Bretton James (Josh Brolin), who is instrumental in spreading rumors about its instability






 ” - sharmatt
 
50.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
“ LIXIN TRAN, CHINA, The Last Train home is a beautiful and tragic picture of what China is like for factory workers. Forced to work in a city factory, the Zhangs sacrifice their beautiful yet difficult life on the farm with their children in hopes that they can get enough money to send them to college. All the factories allow them to go home one time during the year, meaning thousands and thousands of people all trying to get back to their rural towns in China all at the same time. A surprising and eye opening experience into a world you never knew existed. The train stations are filled to the brim, people turn violent, and people faint from exhaustion. All for something so simple that many take for granted; going home.

The factories are not demonized in this film, in fact, it shows us how dependent the people are on it. If a factory closes down, it's workers are devastated. So many work there so they can scrap together enough money to help their families in the country. All are in danger of extreme poverty and starvation. It raises a lot of moral questions on if sweat shops are necessarily as bad as everyone thinks. The quality of living is horrible, sure, but on the other hand these people desperately need the money just so that their children maybe luckier than they were and go to college. It's a topic that leaves you torn, even if it's not focused on in the film. ” - sharmatt
 
51.
A Film Unfinished (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images. (88 mins.)
Director: Yael Hersonski
“ Yael Hersonski's powerful documentary achieves a remarkable feat through its penetrating look at another film-the now-infamous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction. The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, showing the manipulations of camera crews in these "everyday" scenes. Well-heeled Jews attending elegant dinners and theatricals (while callously stepping over the dead bodies of compatriots) now appeared as unwilling, but complicit, actors, alternately fearful and in denial of their looming fate. ” - sharmatt
 
52.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ DAVID FINCHER, On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. ” - sharmatt
 
53.
Waiting for 'Superman' (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca... (111 mins.)
“ For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians’ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. ” - sharmatt
 
54.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
“ SAM TAYLOR-WOOD, UK, John Lennon wrote the song “Julia” about his mother, and it is a strangely objective love song, as if about a real girlfriend and not a mom. Perhaps that's how he thought of her. When he was very young, he came under the care of his Aunt Mimi, whom he regarded as his mother, and in the telling of “Nowhere Boy,” he didn't see Julia again until the day of his uncle's funeral. The film is co-written by Julia Baird, his half-sister, who must be presumed to have good information. ” - sharmatt
 
55.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ UK, LOVE STORY IN A CULT RAISED TO BE ORGAN DONORS, As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. ” - sharmatt
 
56.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
“ CHARLES FERGUSON, TIFF, CANNES, USA, DOCU, 'Inside Job' is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. ” - sharmatt
 
57.
Kawasaki's Rose (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation" medal, however... (100 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
“ JAN HREBEJK, CZECH REPUBLIC, OSCAR F.L. NOMINEE, Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation" medal, however, it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated with state security agencies, informing on a former friend of his wife, Borek, and ultimately being responsible for the latter's forced emigration. Josek's family and close friends try to come to terms with these new facts. ” - sharmatt
 
58.
Tamara Drewe (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale. (107 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Tamara Drewe Stephen Frears, United Kingdom, TIFF, CANNES, North American Premiere, Based on Posy Simmonds’ beloved graphic novel. When Tamara Drewe returns to the village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara – once an ugly duckling – has been transformed and is now a minor celebrity. As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighbouring farmsteads, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play.  ” - sharmatt
 
59.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute as Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen, United Kingdom/USA/Spain, TIFF, CANNES North American Premiere, Woody Allen's latest comic ensemble piece follows a group of Londoners struggling with failing marriages, restless libidos, the perils of aging and desires that drive a series of decisions with unforeseen consequences. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Naomi Watts. Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. ” - sharmatt
 
60.
Fair Game (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. (108 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ DOUG LIMAN WITH SEAN PENN, NAOMI WATTS, EXTRA POINTS FOR POLITICAL RELEVANCE, Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. ” - sharmatt
 
61.
Unstoppable (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ D:TONY SCOTT, DENZEL WASHINGTON, With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. ” - sharmatt
 
62.
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ DISNEY, ANIME, After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Rider scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life. ” - sharmatt
 
63.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Set in 1920s Vienna, this is a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve. (110 mins.)
“ W/D ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY(HOUSE OF FOOLS, MARIA'S LOVERS, SIBERIADE, THE INNER CIRCLE), ODER BROTHER OF NIKITA MIKHALKOV(BURNT BY THE SUN, OBLOMOV), 1920s Vienna. Nine-year-old Mary lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. Bothered by bratty brother Max and neglected by well intentioned, but distracted, parents, she yearns for companionship and adventure. On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as "NC," he takes her on a wondrous journey through a stunning dimension where toys assume human form and everything appears ten times larger. But danger lurks. An army of toothy rat creatures, led by the flamboyant Rat King and his devious mother, has unleashed a plot to overthrow humanity. When NC is captured and placed under a paralytic spell, Mary, Max and a spirited band of toy sidekicks must rescue him from the Rat King's clutches and thwart his wicked plans to 'ratify' the world.  ” - sharmatt
 
64.
Burlesque (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. (119 mins.)
Director: Steven Antin
“ W/D STEVE ANTIN, CHER, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, STANLEY TUCCI, The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue. ” - sharmatt
 
65.
Blue Valentine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ DEREK CIANFRANCE, SUNDANCE, CANNES, TIFF, Blue Valentine. How do we fall in love? How do we lose that early enchantment? Derek Cianfrance's uses the powers of two fine actors, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, to chart the before, during and after a marriage. They meet in a sweet way, while both are visiting relatives in an old folks' home. They're filled with optimism and promise. But he seems to lack all initiative, and retreats inward while she remains more open. The reappearance of her old boyfriend, not a nice man, creates psychological difficulties -- and a wounding issue of trust. The film cuts between past and present with different visual styles; we see two people who might still be happy if they could only talk to one another. ” - sharmatt
 
66.
22nd of May (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened. (88 mins.)
Director: Koen Mortier
“ 22 MEI, KOEN MORTIER, BELGIUM, TIFF, FIRST SCENE LONG TAKE WITH HANDHELD CAMERA IS AMAZING, VISUAL POETRY, Sam wakes up, gets ready and goes to do his daily job. And then the unexpected happens. A bomb explodes in the center of the shopping mall where he works. He drags himself towards the entrance to save the victims. One by one he pulls them out, until something terrible takes place. In complete hysteria he runs off till he falls down from exhaustion. A woman's voice makes him raise his head. She's one of the victims he saved. She wants to know why the suicide bomber did it. This encounter projects him back in history and even in a surreal world. Thereafter he runs into everyone he saved and feels that their defeat shows many parallels with his own. Even his confrontation with the wrongdoer isn't that straightforward as he thought it would be and confronts him with the fact that guilt and innocence can be pretty much alike. ” - sharmatt
 
67.
Beautiful Boy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. (100 mins.)
Director: Shawn Ku
“ SHAWN KU, TIFF FIPRESCI PRIZE, EXTRA POINTS FOR OSCAR WORTHY PERFS, A spare, unflinching examination of a married couple coping with the tragic death of their 18-year-old son. When their son, Sam (Kyle Gallner), fails to contact them following a mass shooting on his university campus, Kate (Bello) and Bill (Sheen) fear the worst. But the outcome proves even more horrible than they imagined: Not only is Sam dead, but he also was the shooter. Their grief-stricken search for answers and telltale clues, further complicated by the constant media scrutiny surrounding them, takes its toll on their already-crumbling relationship. Despite the inevitable bouts of finger-pointing and self-blame, the faint suggestion remains that the tragedy still could end up bringing them closer together. ” - sharmatt
 
68.
Biutiful (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
“ ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU, SPAIN, MEXICO, TIFF, JAVIER BARDEM SHOULD AND WILL PROBABLY WIN THE OSCAR FOR HIS PERFORMANCE, This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever. Javier Bardem stars as Uxbal, a troubled father living with two children in present day Barcelona, and he gives one of the festival's single greatest performances. If he doesn't end up getting an award in Cannes for his performance or at the Oscars next year, I'll be surprised. Biutiful is powerful, depressing, and emotional, but also an incredibly "beautiful" film (to use that cliche). ” - sharmatt
 
69.
Sarah's Key (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942. (111 mins.)
“ SARAH'S KEY, Gilles Paquet Brenner, France, World Premiere, DETAILS THE COWARDICE OF THE WWII FRENCH REVEALLING THEIR JEWISH NEIGHBORS AND THE APPALLING VELODROME CONDITIONS, YOUNG SARAH VERY DESERVANT OF OSCAR SUPPORTING ACTRESS CONSIDERATION, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS MAY ALSO BE RECOGNIZED FOR HER EXCELLENCE, Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel, Sarah’s Key tells the story of an American journalist on the brink of making big life decisions regarding her marriage and her unborn child. What starts off as research for an article about the Vel’d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 in France ends up as a journey towards self discovery as she stumbles upon a terrible secret. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot, Michel Duchaussoy and Aidan Quinn. ” - sharmatt
 
70.
In a Better World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ aka IN A BETTER WORLD, HAEVNEN, SUSANNE BIER, DENMARK/SWEDEN, TIFF, EXTRA POINTS FOR ITS EXPLORATION OF THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN CONDITION, ESPECIALLY ANGER CONTROL, In a war-torn African nation, physician Anton (Everlasting Moments’s Mikael Persbrandt) confronts a steady stream of tragedy and loss. Much of what he faces can be traced back to a vicious and sadistic local warlord. Back home in Denmark, his estranged wife, Marianne (Trine Dyrholm), is concerned about their eldest son, Elias, who is picked on mercilessly by the class bully, Sofus.
When new kid Christian arrives in class, he and Elias bond over a mutual hatred of Sofus. Surly and vicious since the loss of his mother, Christian is hardening into a rigid and ferocious manifestation of masculinity. His heartbroken father, Claus (Ulrich Thomsen), is finding it impossible to cope with Christian’s behaviour. The volatile situation is exacerbated by Anton’s return home and by an encounter between Anton, Elias, Christian and a violent, bullying mechanic. ” - sharmatt
 
71.
The Housemaid (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences. (106 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Im
“ SOUTH KOREA, TIFF, IM SANG-SOO, EXTRA POINTS FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL CINEMATIC DYNAMISM..CINEMATOGRAPHY, EDITING, ETC., Eun-yi, a middle-aged divorcee, is hired as an upper class family housemaid. But soon enough, master of the house Hoon takes advantage of his social position by slipping into her sheets. Hoon's visits become frequent and Byung-sik, an old housemaid, reports the affair to Hae-ra's mother, Mi-hee, who plots to give Hae-ra the control over her husband. Soon Eun-yi miraculously becomes pregnant and wants to keep the baby. This is discovered by the family and she's forced to have an abortion by Mi-hee despite Eun-yi's plea to let her keep the baby and leave the house. Mi-hee's plot backfires when Hoon scrutinizes her for terminating his child, even if that child is conceived illegitimately. Her forced abortion turns Eun-yi's mental condition for the worst and she decides to take the matter into her own hands.  ” - sharmatt
 
72.
Outside the Law (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII. (138 mins.)
“ AKA HORS LA LOI, Rachid Bouchareb, CANNES, TIFF France/Algeria/Tunisia/Italy/Belgium, North American Premiere, Bouchareb's follow-up to Days of Glory is an epic French gangster movie in the tradition of Once Upon a Time in America. The film follows three brothers from childhood in Algeria through turbulent years in Paris, as their paths diverge towards radical politics and violent crime. After loosing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. In brief, Algeria was ruled by France throughout WWII, but the Algerian people wanted independence. On the day of Germany's surrender, a protest in the city of Sétif was attacked by the French Gendarmerie and many Algerians were killed. These three brothers survived and, after being reunited years later, moved to France and decided to start fighting for their independence by killing certain people opposed to their cause and eventually police officers as well. Algeria did gain independence in 1962, but Outside the Law focuses specifically on the story of these brothers' and their attempts to fight for their cause as long as they could. ” - sharmatt
 
73.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ CONFESSIONS, JAPAN, TIFF-VANGUARD, TETSUYA NAKASHIMA, THIS IS PROBABLY MY TIFF FAVORITE AS IT REPRESENTS CINEMA AND NARRATIVE AT ITS BEST, In "Confessions," the visual stylings are even slicker, somewhere between a high-end music video and "Fight Club"-era David Fincher, but all glimpses of humanity has been leeched away. Misery is everything.
The film opens on a rowdy 7th grade classroom, where kids are sipping on what the teacher explains is milk provided by a potential government campaign. One boy is being blatantly bullied, some have left mid-lecture and are hanging out on the roof, others are openly on cell phones or talking with their friends. Their teacher, a serene thirtysomething named Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu), is used to being ignored -- and she knows she's about to get their complete attention. She's talking about how she's quitting teaching at the end of the month, how the death of her young daughter, who drowned in the school pool, has affected her, and, dropping that other shoe, how two of the students in her classroom were responsible for murdered the little girl. ” - sharmatt
 
74.
My Joy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power... (127 mins.)
Director: Sergey Loznitsa
“ MY JOY, Sergei Loznitsa, Germany/Ukraine/The Netherlands, TIFF, North American Premiere,
Truck driver Georgy sets out on a provincial Russian motorway for a routine delivery but a series of chance encounters see his journey spiral out of control. A roadside police check, a war veteran and a young prostitute lead him to a village from which there appears to be no way out. ” - sharmatt
 
75.
Aftershock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ AFTERSHOCK, CHINA, TIFF, FENG XIAOGANE,
The opening 20 minutes of Aftershock – an impressively realistic recreation of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake – is epic in scope, terrifying in tone. Cranes fall, buildings collapse, people get crushed, and an entire city is reduced to rubble; however, it is a Kieslowskian moral dilemma and its devastating repercussions that emerge from the centre of it all. When Li Yuanni (Xu Fan) is forced by circumstances to choose between the lives of her two seven-year-old twins, son Fang Da and daughter Fang Deng, both buried under a concrete slab about to collapse, the mother’s decision ends up saving her son’s life (but not his arm), as well as scarring the psyche of her daughter, who miraculously survives unbeknown to her mother. Whereas Fang Deng (Zhang Jingchu) is adopted and grows up to become a medical student, a single mother, and eventually, a Canadian immigrant, Li Yuanni endures a life of solitude and remorse. The conflicted and very tormented emotions of the mother and daughter come to a tearjerking resolution 32 years later, at the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. ” - sharmatt
 
76.
The Whistleblower (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. (112 mins.)
“ LARYSA KONDRACKI, CANADA/GERMANY, TIFF, EXTRA POINTS FOR POLITICAL/SOCIAL RELEVANCE, EXPOSING THE INHUMAN BEHAVHIOUR OF US FOREIGN COMPANIES IN FOREIGN THEATRES OF WAR! Human trafficking in postwar Bosnia, enabled by the United Nations workers sent there to maintain peace and order, is the sad subject of Canadian director Larysa Kondracki's harrowingly effective thriller, "The Whistleblower." While the scenario of a Western do-gooder fighting injustice abroad often makes for sanctimonious, hand-wringing issue cinema, this accomplished debut feature avoids most of the usual pitfalls, channeling its outrage into a tense, focused piece of storytelling with a powerful sense of empathy. Bleak, often unbearable subject matter.  ” - sharmatt
 
77.
The Last Circus (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young trapeze artist must decide between her lust for Sergio, the Happy Clown, or her affection for Javier, the Sad Clown, both of whom are deeply disturbed. (107 mins.)
“ THE LAST CIRCUS, SPAIN, AKA A SAD TRUMPET BALLAD, TIFF, IF THE NARRATIVE WAS LESS MISMASHED I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS A 10 RATING, Álex de la Iglesia’s genius for dark humour is at its most eloquent in his latest parody about the Spanish Civil War. Two clowns attack and disfigure one another in jealous rages over a beautiful dancer. In the name of love, they destroy the very object of their affection. Setting its tone of outsized grotesquery in a 1937 prologue that finds a raggedy clown slashing his way through hordes of fascist rebels with a machete, the 1973-set story takes place in and around "the last circus" (the film's prosaic English title), propped against the upheaval-filled backdrop of El Generalissimo's waning regime. The hideous tug of war is between puffy, owlish Sad Clown (Carlos Arece) and drunken, sadistic Happy Clown (Antonio de la Torre), yin-yang monsters whose deformed psyches eventually can no longer be camouflaged by greasepaint. At the center is Caroline Bang's toothsome acrobat—the soul of Spain herself? If so, all the more credit to de la Iglesia for making her a darting-tongued lewdling who perversely relishes her own vile ravishment. ” - sharmatt
 
78.
Barney's Version (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. (134 mins.)
“ TIFF GALA, CANADA, EXTRA POINTS FOR LOL YIDDISH HUMOUR THAT ALMOST KNOCKED ME OUT OF MY SEAT, Acclaimed Canadian author Mordecai Richler's last and arguably greatest novel, "Barney's Version," has been transformed into a highly entertaining and arguably the most satisfying Richler screen adaptation to date. The impeccably cast confessional, with a pitch-perfect Paul Giamatti leading the way, nimbly traverses the four decades in its lead character's eventful life with considerable exuberance, visual flair and, ultimately, grace. DUSTIN HOFFMAN was terrific and should get Oscar nom for supporting role. ” - sharmatt
 
79.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ DARREN ARONOFSKY, TIFF, LAST 40 MINUTES SO TYPICAL OF ARONOFSKY VISUAL BRILLIANCE SO MUCH LIKE REQIEM OF A DREAM, Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. ” - sharmatt
 
80.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
“ Of Gods and Men, Xavier Beauvois, France, TIFF, North American Premiere
Based on a true incident where a group of Christian monks were killed in Algeria in 1995, Of Gods and Men follows the spiritual lifestyle of the monks, their interaction with the locals and the events that lead up to the confrontation with a group of Islamic fundamentalist insurgents. ” - sharmatt
 
81.
Essential Killing (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An Afghan POW attempts his escape. (83 mins.)
“ Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary, North American Premiere, MININALIST NARRATIVE, MAGNIFICENT CINEMA, A Taliban fighter is captured, interrogated, tortured and then transported to an unnamed snowy destination in Europe. He manages to escape and must use his wits to evade his pursuers whilst battling bitter winter cold and lack of food. ” - sharmatt
 
82.
The Big Picture (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house... (114 mins.)
Director: Eric Lartigau
“ L'HOMME QUI VOULAIT VIVRE SA VIE, ERIC LARTIGAU, FRANCE, TIFF, EXTRA POINTS FOR REIGNITING MY GENUINE UNFULFILLED INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY, Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Standing over the corpse of his wife's lover, Paul knows that his perfect life has gone for good. But by assuming the dead man's identity and fleeing for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Paul gets another shot at being himself and, at last, seeing the big picture. ” - sharmatt
 
83.
Lope (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A chronicle of the life of Lope de Vega, the Spanish playwright who dominated Spain's early Golden Age of theater. (106 mins.)
“ ANDRUCHA WADDINGTON, SPAIN, TIFF, EXTRA POINTS FOR THE MAGNIFICENT LANGUAGE, ESPECIALLY THE LOVE POETRY, Andrucha Waddington brings famed Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s passionate life to the screen. The young poet returns to Madrid from war and gets his foot in the door of Madrid's most important theatre troupe – quickly charming his boss's daughter. His childhood friend, Isabel de Urbina, also falls under the spell of his poems. So much seduction eventually brings misfortune and he must flee Madrid.  ” - sharmatt
 
84.
Norwegian Wood (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. (133 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Tran Anh Hung, Japan, TIFF, North American Premiere, Adapted from Haruki Murakami's bestselling novel. Watanabe, a quiet and serious college student, becomes deeply devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman with whom he shares the tragedy of their best friend’s death. When Naoko suddenly disappears, Midori, an outgoing, vivacious and supremely self-confident girl marches into Watanabe's life. ” - sharmatt
 
85.
Poetry (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ POETRY, Lee Chang-dong, South Korea,North American Premiere, Rhyme and crime intertwine in Poetry, the moving portrait of an elegant old lady in the initial stages of Alzheimer's, as well as a lyrical take on creative discovery and an upsetting look at juvenile violence, by Korean master Lee Chang-dong. ” - sharmatt
 
86.
127 Hours (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ DANNY BOYLE, USA, TIFF, 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?  ” - sharmatt
 
87.
Attenberg (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Stuck in her boring factory town, twenty-three-year-old Marina is at the mercy of both her father's impending death and her distaste for other humans. (97 mins.)
“ ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI, GREECE, TIFF, Bottom Line: Wacky and fresh coming-of-age tale tackles sex and death without morbidity.
VENICE -- A Greek film with style and verve, writer-director Athina Rachel Tsangari's second feature, "Attenberg," is an offbeat coming-of-age tale that follows a young woman of 23 as she navigates between her father's terminal illness and her first, not-so-great sexual experiences.
In the lead, newcomer Ariane Labed has a fresh, low-key eagerness that earned her best actress kudos at Venice.  ” - sharmatt
 
88.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician. (117 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ ALEX GIBNEY, DOCU, TIFF, An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.  ” - sharmatt
 
89.
Gorbaciof (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Marino Pacileo, known as "Gorbaciof" due to the prominent birthmark on his forehead, is an accountant at Poggioreale Prison in Naples... (85 mins.)
Director: Stefano Incerti
“ GORBACIOF The Cashier who Liked Gambling, TIFF, Stefano Incerti, Italy North American Premiere, A compulsive gambler who works in the petty-cash office of the Poggioreale prison falls in love with Lily, an illegal immigrant, and tries to free both of them from their dead-end lives. The film stars Toni Servillo, Mi Yang and Nello Mascia.  ” - sharmatt
 
90.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ 13 Assassins Takashi Miike(PROBABLY JAPAN'S MOST PROLIFIC FILMAKER), Japan, North American Premiere, Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future. ” - sharmatt
 
91.
Soul of Sand (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Amid the epic landscape of the Mahabharata, the stage is set for an intimate yet eternal tussle between custom and commerce, tradition and modernity. (99 mins.)
“ SOUL OF SAND, INDIA, TIFF, Amid the epic landscape of the 'Mahabharata' - on the very margins of the Indian capital - the stage is set for an intimate yet eternal tussle between custom and commerce, tradition and modernity. Bhanu Kumar, a lower-caste watchman stands guard over his feudal master's disused, barren silica mine. A creature of habit, Bhanu reflects powerlessness so complete, it can only make the world stand still. But one night, a runaway couple in desperate search of refuge, come to Bhanu seeking shelter. Bhanu must make a choice between habit and humanity. The rusted gate of the Royal Silica Mine opens exposing a bloody world of lust, fear and violence in the name of caste, ownership and honour.  ” - sharmatt
 
92.
The First Grader (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau terrorist who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. (103 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ JUSTIN CHADWICK, UK, TIFF, Set in a mountain village in Kenya the film tells the remarkable true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds. Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past. ” - sharmatt
 
93.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ TOM HOOPER, UK, COLIN FIRTH MAY WIN OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR, GEOFFREY RUSH, HELEN BONHAM CARTER SUPPORTING OSCARS, ESPECIALLY RUSH, TIFF, Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.  ” - sharmatt
 
94.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ D:DAVID RUSSELL(THREE KINGS), MARK WAHLBERG PROJECT AND STAR, Ostensibly this is a boxing film, but the fighting involved goes way beyond the ring. In fact, aside from one early, brutal beating, most of the boxing is in the film's final third. But the fighting never stops. Wife fighting husband, brother fighting brother, addict fighting drugs, girlfriend smashing in a sister's nose — this is not what you'd call a calm film. "The Fighter" is the real-life story of the boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg, making it look easy as always), product of a low-rent Boston suburb. As the film begins in the mid-'80s he's 31 years old and his career is on the wane. That's because his trainer is his constantly tardy, crack-addicted brother, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale BEST SUPPORT NOM), himself a former boxer, and his manager is his mother Alice (Melissa Leo BEST SUPPORT NOM), who's so in need of money she'd put Micky in the ring with a gorilla if it paid.


 ” - sharmatt
 
95.
As If I Am Not There (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama... (109 mins.)
Director: Juanita Wilson
“ BOSNIA, TIFF, A poignant haunting look at the Bosnian War and the atrocities committed. The film focuses on a young Bosniak girl who winds up at a Serbian War Camp. From here a story of the worst of humanity and the strength that lies within people to endure unspeakable hardship unfolds. The actress who plays the lead character Samira gives one of the best performances I have ever seen on film and says more with her eyes than other actress can say with pages of dialogue. The director does a phenomenal job of capturing the horror or war and more importantly does not use sensationalist tactics to solicit emotional responses from the audience. The story itself and the performances from the actors are powerful enough where they can stand alone. A film that will likely fly under the radar - but an important one to see; as it acknowledges one of the saddest moments in recent history. ” - sharmatt
 
96.
Somewhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ SOPHIA COPPOLA, Then his daughter. What led to the divorce Cleo probably knows better than he does. The child of an actor, she has learned to play a star. She observes his drinking, his detached attempts at fatherhood, the woman he makes no attempt to explain at breakfast. Why does a man like this inflict partial custody on a blameless child? Coppola is a fascinating director. She sees, and we see exactly what she sees. There is little attempt here to observe a plot. All the attention is on the handful of characters, on Johnny. He has attained success in his chosen field, and lost track of the ability to experience it. Perhaps you can stimulate yourself so much for so long that your sensitivity wears out. If Johnny has no inner life and his outer life no longer matters, then he's right: He's nothing. ” - sharmatt
 
97.
Country Strong (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Shana Feste
“ GWYNETH PALTROW, 8 PERF IN SINGING, PROB AN OSCAR NOD, SOPHOMORIC SCRIPT, A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). ” - sharmatt
 
98.
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ WILL GLUCK W/D, TIFF, GREAT SUPPORTING PERFS BY PATRICIA CLARKSON, STANLEY TUCCI, High school student Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) finds herself the victim of her school's "rumor mill" when she lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about a weekend tryst with a fictional college freshman. Word quickly spreads of Olive's promiscuity and, much to her surprise, she welcomes the attention. When she agrees to help out a bullied friend by pretending to sleep with him, her image rapidly degrades to a more lascivious state and her world begins to spin out of control. As she helps more and more of her classmates and her lies continue to escalate, Olive must find a way to save face before the school's religious fanatic Marianne (Amanda Bynes) gets her expelled and she loses a shot at attaining her own happiness. ” - sharmatt
 
99.
I Am Slave (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom. (82 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Range
“ UK,GABRIEL RANGE, UK, TIFF, From the award winning team behind Death of a President and The Last King of Scotland, and inspired by real life events, I Am Slave is a controversial thriller about London’s shocking slave trade, and one woman’s fight for freedom. SUDANESE WOMAN IN UK AS SLAVE, Based on the real-life experiences of Mende Nazer,the story unfolds as twelve-year-old Malia,daughter of champion wrestler Bah,is abducted from her Sudanese village in the Nubar Mountains by pro-government Arab militia and sold into slavery to a woman in Khartoum,who beats her for touching her daughter. After six years she is sent to London,where her name is changed,but her miserable life of servitude continues. Her passport is taken and she is told that her father will die if she goes to the authorities. Fortunately she meets a sympathetic person who seems to offer her the hope of escape and reunion with Bah,back in Sudan. For all the film's optimism an end title states that there are around 5,000 'slave' workers currently in Britain. ” - sharmatt
 
100.
Incendies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
“ CANADA, TIFF, DENIS VILLENEUVE, North American Premiere, EXTRA POINTS FOR INSIGHT INTO THE MUSLIM WORLD...KORAN, AND FANATICAL, After their mother Nawal's death, twins Simon and Jeanne embark on a journey to the Middle East that shines a disturbing light on their mother's past and culminates in a shocking revelation. Based on the acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad and directed by Genie and Jutra award-winner Denis Villeneuve  ” - sharmatt