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Toronto kicks off with Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge'

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By JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer

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.

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