If you’d told me that Seth Rogen would be the pleasant surprise of a quiet indie relationship drama starring Michelle Williams, I’m not sure I’d have believed you. This is her territory, after all, if it is anyone’s. (See also: Blue Valentine.) But even as the rest of Sarah Polley‘s Take This Waltz lurches between moments of understated heartbreak and scenes of thudding obviousness, Rogen quietly proves once and for all that despite his comedy roots, he’s got some serious dramatic chops.

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After making her directorial debut in 2006 with Away From Her, about an elderly couple battling dementia, Sarah Polley‘s returning once again to the topic of marital strife. In her sophomore effort Take This Waltz, the characters in question are much younger and dealing with a whole different set of problems, but based on the trailer and clips we’ve seen so far, it seems that Polley’s assured, graceful touch remains a common thread.

Indie-drama queen Michelle Williams stars as Margot, who finds her happy marriage to Lou (Seth Rogen) thrown into question when she develops an irresistible attraction to a handsome neighbor (Luke Kirby). Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Multi-hyphenate Sarah Polley first gained attention as a director at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, where she premiered her first feature, Away From Her. Subtle and bittersweet, the film demonstrated an assuredness not often seen in such young, relatively inexperienced filmmakers, and Polley was rewarded with several nods and wins when awards season came. This year, Polley will return to TIFF to premiere her follow-up project, Take This Waltz — and thanks to three new clips that have hit the web, we have a decent idea of what to expect.

The new film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a married couple whose relationship hits a rough patch when Williams’ character finds herself tempted by a new man (Luke Kirby). Sarah Silverman also appears, as Rogen’s sister. Watch the videos after the jump.

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The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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Samuel L. Jackson Cast in ‘The Samaritan’

Samuel L. Jackson will soon be suiting up as Nick Fury for The Avengers, but while Joss Whedon gets that film into gear, the actor will star in The Samaritan. The film, called a neo-noir thriller, and once listed under the title Lie Down With Darkness, is about a grifter who has spent the past two decades in prison and wants to escape his past. But new schemes entrap him, and things go wrong all over again. Read More »

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