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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off its 39th annual edition with a father-son melodrama between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

“The Judge” premiered Thursday at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, opening the 10-day festival with some red carpet-ready star wattage in a prodigal son tale that plays out as a courtroom drama. Downey plays a high-price Chicago defense attorney returning to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral, only to be sucked into defending his judge father (Duvall), from whom he’s long been estranged.

While plainly uneven, “The Judge” – at turns comic and weepy – is grounded by the pair of Downey and Duvall. Though veritable opposites – one a manic motor-mouth, the other terse and irascible – they have an undeniable chemistry together.

“A movie is only as good as its title character,” said Downey, introducing his co-star. “The movie … is really about a dad, and the dad has to be a mountain that Hank has to find a way to climb. So it’s all contingent on: If we don’t cast the right judge, this movie isn’t going to work.”

“The Judge” returns Downey to drama (albeit one laced throughout with comedy) after years spent primarily as either Tony Stark of “Ironman” or Sherlock Holmes. Whether he can continue his box-office success in a courtroom drama will be a test for the actor.

His wife, Susan Downey (who is currently pregnant with the couple’s second child), produced the film, as she has done regularly for Downey.

“The Judge” is also a challenge for director David Dobkin, whose previous films have been comedies, including “Wedding Crashers,” “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus.”

“It’s not the kind of movie that gest made often in Hollywood,” said Dobkin, whose film will be released by Warner Bros.

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival will get underway Thursday with the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama “The Judge.”

“The Judge” is the first of Toronto’s 300 or so premieres coming over the next days at the annual fall movie extravaganza. In “The Judge,” Downey Jr. plays a Chicago lawyer back in his Indiana hometown to defend his father, played by Robert Duvall.

Like many other films at Toronto, the film offers its makers a chance for both renewal and reinvention. “The Judge” returns Downey Jr. to drama after years spent primarily as either “Ironman'”s Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. It’s also directed by David Dobkin, best known for comedies like “Wedding Crashers.”

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14. “The Judge” hits theaters Oct. 10.

Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

KDWN

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival will get underway Thursday with the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama “The Judge.”

“The Judge” is the first of Toronto’s 300 or so premieres coming over the next days at the annual fall movie extravaganza. In “The Judge,” Downey Jr. plays a Chicago lawyer back in his Indiana hometown to defend his father, played by Robert Duvall.

Like many other films at Toronto, the film offers its makers a chance for both renewal and reinvention. “The Judge” returns Downey Jr. to drama after years spent primarily as either “Ironman'”s Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. It’s also directed by David Dobkin, best known for comedies like “Wedding Crashers.”

The Toronto Film Festival runs through Sept. 14. “The Judge” hits theaters Oct. 10.