TORONTO 2014 THE YEAR OF BIO PICS AND THE BRIT ACTOR

September 11, 2014 7:46 PM

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As Toronto 2014 heads into the home stretch several trends have come into focus. Trend #1. It's not only the year of the actor - it's the year of the British actor. Witness Tom Hardy's portrayal of a Brookln bartender in "The Drop." The towering turn of Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything," a bio pic about Stephen Hawking. The mesmerizing Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game."

It is not, sadly, equally the year of the actress, British or otherwise. A few notable exceptions include Juliette Binoche and Nina Hoss, who shine, respectively, in "The Snows of Sils Maria" and "Phoenix." I've not seen "Coming Home" by Zhang Yimou, China's greatest filmmaker, but I gather that Gon...

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