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David and Jackie Siegel live the high life – for a while – in The Queen Of Versailles.

“INSPIRED BY A BIZARRE TRUE STORY OF A PRANK CALLER WHO TARGETED THE EMPLOYEES OF RURAL FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS,

it’s a tightrope balance between squirm fest and morality play.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“SUPERB - A MUST-SEE. RIVETING, UNFORGETTABLE VIEWING.” – SCREEN DAILY

“CHILLINGLY BRILLIANT.” – TIME OUT NY

“PROVOCATIVE!” – THE VILLAGE VOICE

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Movie theatres are listed at the end and can be cross-referenced to our film times on page 66.

AbrAhAm LincoLn: VAmpire hunter (Timur Bekmambetov) is a

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spectacular mutant beast, the likes of which we’ve never quite seen before. This is a movie where a vampire picks up a horse and throws it at Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) in the middle of an incredible ac­ tion set piece; in other words, it’s as batshit crazy as its title promises. 105 min. nnnn (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

ñAi WeiWei: neVer Sorry

(Alison Klayman) follows the efforts of the infamous Chinese artist and dissident to

make art and trouble (sometimes simul­ taneously). While preparing for a show at the Tate Modern, he also conducts an inves­ tigation into the construction of Chinese schools collapsed by the Sichuan earth­ quake – which gets him assaulted by a police officer and sent for emergency surgery to relieve the resulting swelling in his brain. Director Klayman’s sympathetic lens lets us see Ai as a man rather than a symbol, whose puckish wit allows him to make light of the darkest situations. But we’re never allowed to forget the risks he’s taking by poking fun at a system that doesn’t have a sense of humour. Some subtitles. 91 min. nnnn (NW) TIFF Bell Lightbox

ñthe AmAzing Spider-mAn

(Marc Webb) gives the franchise a fresh start, though the key story points are still the same: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is imbued with the speed and strength of a spider after an encounter with a genetically enhanced arachnid, and driven by tragedy to become a superhero. At two and a quar­ ter hours long, it could stand to lose 20 minutes, or add 20 more, but Garfield and Emma Stone make this Spider­Man feel pretty amazing indeed. 136 min. nnnn (NW) 401 & Morningside, Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

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Madden) is a middling, manipulative movie that’s saved by a first­rate cast that in­ cludes Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson. They play assorted British retir­ ees who get lured to a once glorious, now dilapidated Indian hotel for seniors run by a spirited but scattered manager. 124 min. nnn (GS) Canada Square, Carlton Cinema, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons 20, Kingsway Theatre

Opens Aug 10 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Coliseum Mississauga, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Docks Lakeview Drive-In, Eglinton Town Centre, Empire Theatres at Empress Walk, Grande - Steeles, Interchange 30, Queensway, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity

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Zeitlin) is an allegorical drama about the spirited, predominantly black inhabitants of a fictitious New Orleans district known as “the Bathtub” – so named because it’s a flood zone just waiting to happen. Seen through the eyes of six­year­old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), who narrates in a voice that’s meant to be simple yet pro­ found, the movie establishes a hazy, dream­ like state. Its early movements have a powerful, intuitive sort of energy, and Wal­ lis is terrific, utterly open and radiating emotion in every scene. But think about what you’re watching for even two seconds and the whole thing collapses; every sup­ porting character is a caricature of brusque resourcefulness, some literally killing them­ selves for the sake of homesteading. They’re not human beings, they’re narrative devices. It probably worked a lot better onstage, where Hushpuppy’s squalid, dangerous environment was largely left to the imagination; here, confronted with the horrible reality of the post­apocalyptic Bathtub, you just want these morons to get the hell out. 93 min. nn (NW) Grande - Yonge, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity

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