Exclaim! Reviews Barney's Version, The King's Speech, Rare Export: A Christmas Tale and More in This Week's TIFF Roundup

Exclaim! Reviews <i>Barney's Version</i>, <i>The King's Speech</i>, <i>Rare Export: A Christmas Tale</i> and More in This Week's TIFF Roundup
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is still going strong in Toronto and we at Exclaim! have been racing from theatre to theatre, watching movies nonstop to get a better chance of winning next year's Oscar pool. Find out what we think of what recently screened at TIFF in our Recently Reviewed motion section.

First, read our review of director Brand Anderson's attempt to channel The Twilight Zone in his newest film, Vanishing on 7th Street. Next, find out why we think the Academy will be giving an Oscar nod to Colin Firth for his performance as King George VI in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech.

Finnish director Jalmari Helander has created a mythological deconstruction of our society's relationship with Santa Claus in Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale while Chinese director Feng Xiaogang offers up Aftershock, a sprawling story of a family torn apart by two major earthquakes – one in 1976 and one in 2008, in rural China.

If you're wondering how director Richard J. Lewis's adaptation of Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version translates from the page to the big screen, we've got the goods, but make sure you don't miss why we gave Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, this week's Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.

Last, take a trip to Scandanavia and read our review of the Swedish gangster drama Behind Blue Skies, directed by Hannes Holm, and make a pitstop in Kyrgystan by reading our review of The Light Thief, an allegory of how a corrupt political landscape shapes daily life in the struggling former Soviet State, directed by Akban Abdykalykov.

Read these TIFF reviews and more at Exclaim.ca's Recently Reviewed motion section.