Close up: Venice is dead, long live Toronto

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As the Venice film festival staggered to a close – awarding its Golden Lion, rather controversially, to the Korean film Pieta rather than the runaway favourite, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master – Toronto 2012 reared its head. We're forced to admit the Canadian festival gets better every year, attracting the pick of the international film circuit, and definitely putting its Old Europe rival in the shade.

Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes are out there for us, and they've sent back a giant pile of copy and video. New films reviewed include (deep breath): the Jake Gyllenhall cop drama End of Watch; Emma Watson's breakout performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower; the Salman Rushdie scripted adaptation of Midnight's Children; sex-addict yarn Thanks for Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow; the loopy adapation of
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