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TIFF Today & Tomorrow: Kill List, Comic-Con (Episode IV), The Story of Film, Cadillac People's Choice Winner

The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival will draw to a close tomorrow evening, but still has plenty to offer in its final weekend. Apart from closing night gala Page Eight — which features a glittering cast, but has already aired on UK TV - many of our previous recommendations (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Snowtown, Samsara) are screening for a second or third time. We've selected some highlights from the weekend's lineup, which includes several free screenings. Bear in mind, at this stage of the fest, the rush line is your best friend. Most seats reserved for industry delegates will go unclaimed.

KILL LIST (Saturday 11:59PM, Ryerson Theatre; Sunday 3:15PM Scotiabank 4)
This year's Midnight Madness programme has well and truly saved the best for last. Ben Wheatley's Kill List is an instant genre classic, featuring, as I described in our last review round-up, the best buddy hitman duo since QT's Jules and Vince. It also boasts an ending to rival Se7en, but what makes Kill List so great is that it balances its genre elements against a pair of wonderfully naturalistic performances. There are just two caveats to this recommendation: The screening's gone rush (but is worth waiting for), and the film is by no means for the squeamish.

Thanks to Morgan Spurlock's tribute to the loyal fanboys and girls who flock to Comic Con every year, I had the rare pleasure of sharing a restroom with Captain America. While this screening won't feature a red carpet appearance from Stan Lee, or cosplayers to escort him, Comic Con remains film geek must-see. The Super-Size Me helmer enjoyed a fond reception for his Hot Docs opener Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and apparently his latest feature with an unwieldy title is also full of his trademark, good-natured snark.

THE STORY OF FILM PARTS 1 & 11 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:15AM, Lightbox 4)
Marc Cousin's epic 15-hour documentary on the history of cinema screened in five, 3-hour segments throughout the week. For those who haven't had a chance to attend the 10AM weekday screenings, TIFF is offers an opportunity to catch up via two marathon sessions. Episodes 1-8 screen on Saturday, followed by 9-15 on Sunday, and both are free to the public.

As is annual TIFF tradition, the final day of the festival will feature a free screening of the winner of the Cadillac People's Choice Award, as voted by attendees of the festival's public screenings. The prize is considered an early indication of awards season pedigree, and recent winners include The King's Speech (10), Precious (09), and Slumdog Millionaire (08). This year's winner will be announced on Sunday, and tickets will be available in the afternoon on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A big thanks to I Don't Know How She Does It, an Alliance film opening in theatres on September 16th, for sponsoring our coverage of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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