Valentine’s Day may have already come and gone, but between the re-release of Titanic and the opening of Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea, it looks like cinema’s most romantic days are still ahead of us. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, whose marriage to an older judge (Simon Russell Beale) falls apart when she strikes up a passionate affair with a dashing ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Though I found the previously released trailer to be a bit maudlin for my taste, the new one is more restrained, and far more moving as a result. Check it out after the jump.

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2011′s been pretty hit or miss with regard to dramatic romances. The year got off to a pretty strong start with Jane Eyre in the first quarter, but the more recent Water for Elephants and One Day both fell flat. I’m waiting to be swept off my feet by something beautiful and tragic, and I’ve got hopes that Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea will be just the film to do that.

Based on a 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, the story revoles around Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), wife of judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). When she strikes up a passionate affair with alcoholic former Royal Air Force pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), she starts down a path that may lead to her ultimate destruction. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

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OK, first: this isn’t a story about a remake of or sequel to the giant shark “oops, I ate Sam Jackson” movie Deep Blue Sea. It is about a film version of the 1952 play by Terence Rattigan (first filmed in 1955 with Vivien Leigh starring) about a woman who leaves her husband for a troubled RAF pilot, only to be devastated when he dumps her. Now, in a great piece of deal-making, Rachel Weisz may play the central role. Read More »

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