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TIFF ’09 retrospective

Since my last post I've been a bit under the weather, falling victim to my usual film festival cold, but this time it came during TIFF, as opposed to after it. That left the end of the festival a bit of a downer, but I can't help saying that this was still a fantastic year all the same.
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DVD Tuesday: ‘Burn After Reading’ & ‘Mamma Mia!’

The Coen Brothers dark comedy Burn After Reading debuts on DVD this week, with John Malkovich playing a determinedly irate CIA agent dealing with two scheming gym workers. Also arriving this week, Meryl Streep stars in the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, Jason Statham shows off some lethal driving skills in Death Race, and more.
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Gallery: Brad Pitt on the red carpet for ‘Burn After Reading’

Roy Thomson Hall was surrounded last night, September 5, as dreamy-eyed Brad Pitt fans took pictures and tried to get a glimpse of their favorite big screen star. In town for the Toronto International Film Festival, Pitt walked the red carpet with the writing, directing and producing fraternal duo, Joel and Ethan Coen for their new film, Burn After Reading.
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DVD Tuesday: ‘No Country for Old Men’, ‘Sleuth’

The Coen Brother's award-winning No Country for Old Men arrives on DVD this week, and while all those awards will certainly draw movie fans in, the best reason to see the film is simply that it is one of the best examples great moviemaking that I have seen in a long time. Other new arrivals include Sleuth with Jude Law and Michael Caine, the dramedy Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell, and in that other format, Independence Day arrives on Blu-Ray.
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Film Friday: Best Movies of 2007

We laughed, we cried, we bit our nails, and in the end, 2007 was a pretty good year at the movies. Of course we saw our fair share of the usual blockbuster Hollywood explosions, but this week I'm changing gears a bit to look back at the absolute best films of 2007.