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Giving you our points of view on the latest docs in release and on the circuit.

TIFF Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’

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Miss Sharon Jones! USA, 93 min. Dir. Barbara Kopple Programme: TIFF Docs (World Premiere) Barbara Kopple has the distinct honour of being one of three filmmakers in the class of TIFF 2015 who premiered a film at the Festival’s inaugural edition forty years ago. (The others are Wim Wenders and Chantal Akerman.) Kopple’s Harlan County, USA debuted at the then Festival of Festivals in 1976 before going on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and solidifying its place in the canon of great documentaries. (It screens free at this year’s festival.) Kopple’s latest effort Miss Sharon Jones!

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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (USA, 144 min.) Directed by Julie Taymor   “It really gives you every best seat in the house,” laughs director Julie Taymor during an extended conversation with IndieWire’s Anne Thompson following the TIFF premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Taymor is indeed correct, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a 360° vantage point of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. This true docu-drama captures the creative process in its fullest and most inspired form. The maverick director offers one of the most exciting and sumptuous feats of Shakespeare on film through shrewd use of documentary

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