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TIFF REVIEW: The Judge

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The curtains have closed on the opening night film at the Toronto International Film Festival, which means reporters are free to offer their first impressions. (Studios frequently ask the media to hold off on any reviews until the film's premiere.)

The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home to bury his mother. But the already-strained family dynamics are stretched to new limits when his estranged father (a small town judge played by Robert Duvall) is slapped with a murder charge, and Downey's character jumps in to defend him.

The Judge, also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, and Dax Shepard goes into wide release Oct. 10.

But should you go see it?

Here's a capsule review courtesy of CBC's resident film critic, Eli Glasner.

"The Judge is an adult drama destined to become an Oscars also-ran but worth a look for the Duvall/Downey face off. Director David Dobkin has conventional shooting style smothered in affectations where the courtroom is always dark and smoky. But the undeniable power of watching Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall hash out their father-son issues make it worth sitting through. Keep your eyes out for Vera Farmiga running circles around a flummoxed RDJ. 3 stars out of 5."

So, will you be adding The Judge to your list of movies to see this fall?

Let us know in the comments below.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

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