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Stars (and directors) in alignment for Toronto fest

Top titles are announced for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, with Keira Knightley, Ben Affleck, Keanu Reeves, Hilary Swank, Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren and others jockeying for attention and accolades.

Stars (and directors) in alignment for Toronto fest

The Toronto International Film Festival, running this year from September 9-19, traditionally serves as a launching pad for the studios to get their awards-worthy titles in the public and media eye. A strong audience and critical reception – as Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed two years ago – augurs well for Oscar consideration, Golden Globes candidacy, critics groups’ buzz. So look out for some of these TIFF world premieres, North American premieres and gala presentations -- announced this week – during the fall:

Another Year -- The latest ensemble piece from the prolific Brit, Mike Leigh.
 
The Conspirator -- Robert Redford’s Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy drama, starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn and Evan Rachel Wood.
 
Conviction -- Hilary Swank in another Academy Award-vying role? We’ll see, but the based-on-a-true-story premise sounds ready-made: a Massachusetts housewife and mother drops everything in her relentless crusade to clear her brother of a murder rap.  
 
The Debt -- With Helen Mirren and Avatar’s Sam Worthington, about three Israeli Mossad agents on a 1965 mission to capture a Nazi war criminal.  
 
Henry’s Crime The return of Keanu Reeves, in the title role as a wrongfully accused and convicted bank robber who decides to take revenge -- by robbing a bank. With Vera Farmiga as the woman he falls for.
 
The King’s Speech -- With Colin Firth as the reluctant monarch George VI, father of Britain’s reigning queen.
 
Little White Lies -- From the French thriller Tell No One’s ace director, Guillaume Canet, and starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, finally doing something again in her native tongue.
 
Never Let Me GoAndrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley as boarding school friends grown up and faced with complicated feelings of love, jealousy and whatnot. From Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel. 
 
The Town – Ben Affleck stars and directs the adapation of Chuck Hogan’s Boston-based bank robbery thriller, Prince of Thieves. With Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively,  Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner.
 
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – Woody Allen’s latest, set in London and starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Naomi Watts.
Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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