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This year's TIFF: Precious, indeed

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And thus ends this year's TIFF: the emotionally wrenching Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire wins the People's Choice Award, and Cairo Time gets the nod for Best Canadian Feature.

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TIFF: Day 10 lookahead

Sigh. Sniffle. Yawn. Apply cold water to face. Yes, it’s the last day of TIFF ’09 and intense fatigue has set in. It seems like eons since Matt Damon was here to promote The Informant! But really, it was just eight days ago. Last weekend, hundreds of Toronto movie fans spent upwards of $40 each to see his movie at a gala presentation. Now you can go to your local multiplex and see it for 12 bucks. Yes, things move fast in the movie biz.

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Cleanflix: One way to sanitize Hollywood movies

Cleanflix is about a highly profitable business that sprung up in Utah about 10 years ago – several video-DVD rental outlets started to provide cleaned-up versions of Hollywood favourites for Mormons who liked movies but didn’t want their families exposed to any sex, violence or swearing.

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TIFF: Day 9 lookahead

The second-last day of TIFF delivers a couple of films we’ve been hearing about for what seems like forever: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the White Stripes documentary.

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Looking ahead to closing night: a video mash-up of movie history

The festival has invited renowned video mash-up artists Eclectic Method to remix scenes from the top 100 films of all time at the public wrap party, this Saturday night at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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TIFF: Day 8 lookahead

Hey, the hurricane of American stars has been downgraded to a mere trickle, so this edition of the TIFF lookahead is going to focus on some interesting non-Hollywood product.

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Indiewire’s TIFF critics poll

The website Indiewire is conducting an ongoing TIFF critics poll, getting some of the assembled experts to grade their responses to 34 films (because it’s the fest’s 34th birthday, they say).

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Mio Adilman’s Unlocked

“Canada has produced a lot of films about isolation and distance and I live in downtown Toronto,” says Mio Adilman, director of the short film Unlocked, which screens at TIFF today.

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TIFF: Day 7 lookahead

Clooney, Damon, Soderbergh et al. have long since left town. If it’s star power you’re after, I regret to inform you that we’re into the back half of TIFF ’09, and the wattage has dimmed considerably.

Still, this is shaping up as one of the strongest festivals in years, and there are many tasty offerings left on the table. Here’s a sampling of them, all premiering today: Cooking with Stella, The Unloved and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.

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Signs of the times at this year's TIFF

Curiously absent from this year’s TIFF is news of that one breakout hit (a Slumdog Millionaire or Whale Rider) that inspires unanimous audience devotion and feverish all-night bidding wars amongst studio heads. Thus far, A Single Man, the queer-themed 60s period piece starring Colin Firth, is the only film to emerge as an early favourite, triggering a late-night deal yesterday.

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