Editor's note: Tom Charity is a freelance movie critic for CNN Digital.
When Werner Herzog calls your documentary surreal, you know you’re on to something.
But Herzog doesn’t stop there: Of Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing," Herzog marvels, “I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal and frightening in at least a decade.” The film is, he declares, “unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
And Herzog is not alone. The master American non-fiction filmmaker Errol Morris calls it “Amazing… unlike anything else I have seen." Like Herzog, Morris signed on as an executive producer to help director Oppenheimer get it out into the world.
Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling in the same film is a selling point unto itself, but "Mad Men" star Hendricks has revealed a tidbit that'll undoubtedly amp up anticipation.
Hendricks, 37, is set to star in her "Drive" co-star Gosling's directorial debut, "How to Catch A Monster." As previously reported, the film's being described as "a fantasy noir" in which Hendricks plays Billy, a single mother of two kids.
A movie as sprawling as "Cloud Atlas" should offer enough to please everyone - or, at least, enough fodder to create plenty of divisiveness among critics.
The filmmakers can consider that a mission accomplished.
"Cloud Atlas," adapted from David Mitchell's novel of the same name by co-directors and writers Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski, has been the subject of a flood of early reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered Saturday.
While Robert Pattinson has been working the late night circuit, endearing audiences with his charmingly respectful decline to discuss That Thing That Happened, Kristen Stewart's been M.I.A. from the public eye.
On Thursday, though, Stewart resurfaced at the Toronto International Film Festival in support of the screening of her film, "On the Road."
While even host Kevin Hart was hoping that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would end up in the same room together at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, it's not going to happen.
Stewart's rep tells us that the 22-year-old actress will be on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight supporting the screening of her film, "On the Road."
Pattinson, meanwhile, will be left to introduce a clip from his upcoming movie with Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" with his other co-star, Taylor Lautner.
Well, so much for that. But as Hart told us earlier this week, this is the VMAs - the one thing you should expect is the unexpected. What are you hoping to see tonight? The fun begins with a red carpet pre-show at 7 p.m. ET.
With Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” taking the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the L.A. Times points to speculation that there may be an Academy Award or two coming up for the film.
Since two other movies that have shown at TIFF, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty,” nabbed this award (which is voted on by Festival audiences) before going on to win the best picture Oscar, it’s possible that “King’s Speech” could garner the same appeal with critics. Last year’s TIFF winner, “Precious,” was nominated for the best picture prize but lost out to “The Hurt Locker."
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI as he attempts to move past his speech impediment of stuttering while trying to lead the country into battle during World War II.
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