James Mangold’s ‘Ford v Ferrari’ is an exhilarating classic ride (TIFF review)
Director James Mangold (‘Logan’) delivers the best racing movie since Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ (2013) and in some ways surpasses it too. — The film follows Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they prepare to beat Ferrari at the 1966 classic 24 Hours of Le Mans.
'Waves' is a heart-wrenching film about two young couples dealing with life's unexpected turn of events (TIFF review)
‘It Comes at Night’ director Trey Edward Shults joins A24 for another hard-hitting stylish drama about two connected couples who deal with the cards they’ve been dealt in life.
Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson bring some wildly conflicting emotions in ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (TIFF review)
It’s easy to see why Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ landed on the Black List (of best scripts never made) in 2012, a story about a young German boy in the Hitlerjugend and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler. But Charlie Chaplin made ’The Great Dictator’ in 1940, during WWII, and there have been comedies about it ever since.
Hugo Weaving has to deal with his past and future in the confronting drama ’Hearts and Bones’ (TIFF review)
Documentary filmmaker Ben Lawrence’s first feature takes a deep look into a war photographer’s history and future, played by the always captivating Hugo Weaving.
Pelican Blood (TIFF review)
Nina Hoss carries this German film about a mother’s unconditional love for her non-biological daughter. — Wiebke (Nina Hoss) has a good life as a single mother of Nicolina. She spends her days training police horses, and she's good at it, taming even the most difficult animals.
Takashi Miike is back to his old yakuza tricks in the exhilarating ’First Love’ (TIFF review)
Leo is a young boxer in Tokyo. In an important fight he suddenly goes down without taking a big hit. And after having a brain scan the doctor tells Leo he has a tumor that will be impossible to remove. His life is over, and Leo is devastated.
Shia LaBeouf tells his personal story of growing up, playing his own father in ‘Honey Boy’ (TIFF review)
Shia LaBeouf tells his story of growing up as a child actor, and dealing with his abusive father. — In what might be a surprising move to some, Shia LaBeouf turned to screenwriting (not directing) for his first feature film.
Love Me Tender (TIFF review)
Fear of leaving the house has kept Seconda in her house in her small town for nine months. Not having much of a life because of it, she terrorizes the cat or has the occasional small conversation with her parents, who understandably do want her to leave the house.
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe lose their shit in ‘The Lighthouse’ (TIFF review)
Let me first say I’m still recovering from this experience. ‘The Lighthouse’ has Robert Pattinson masturbating, Willem Dafoe in love with a light, some farting, and creepy mermaids to boot. I wouldn’t call it a bad experience perse, but it definitely won’t be for everyone.
‘Proxima’ is a touching story of the preparation for space through the eyes of a young girl and her mother (TIFF review)
Most films about space exploration involve a bunch of people on a space ship where weird things start to happen. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not too original anymore either. Beau Willimon’s series ‘The First’ (2018) with Sean Penn was a welcome change to that, but it was heavy and didn’t always connect.
Terrence Malick shines his bright light on WWII in ‘A Hidden Life’ (TIFF review)
Director Terrence Malick is back to form in his new stunning WWII drama ‘A Hidden Life’. — Appreciation of ‘The Thin Red Line’ (1998) director Terrence Malick has been spotty over the past few years. You could consider ‘The Tree of Life’ (2011) with Brad Pitt his last acclaimed work, not considering the documentary style ‘Voyage of Time: Life's Journey’ (2016) — which, to be honest, got some mixed reviews as well.
'Snowpiercer' director Bong Joon-ho returns with the hilarious Korean drama 'Parasite' (TIFF review)
After his english hit 'Snowpiercer' and multinational Netflix film 'Okja', director Bong Joon-ho took another surprising move by returning to his home country to direct ‘Parasite’. A move that might have produced his most brilliant work to date.
Trailer: Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx fight social injustice in 'JUST MERCY'
Can you smell what the Oscars are cooking? — The first trailer for Warner Bros. JUST MERCY arrives just days ahead of its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. And as you would expect, the first look hits all the emotional beats that an Oscar hopeful is want to do, underscored by America’s longstanding history of racial and social discrimination through the eyes of two black men.
TIFF 2019 Preview: The Big Premieres
With #TIFF19 about to start, here’s a small selection of all the big-star movies at the festival: — 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ director Marielle Heller returns only a year later with a film about the friendship of Mister Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys.
TIFF 2019 Preview: Original Picks
Always ready to have some fun, here are some of the more imaginative films at #TIFF19 — Described as a dark, violent, sci-fi thriller, this movie has Daniel Radcliffe starring as a game developer who becomes a player in a real-life live-streamed death match.
TIFF 2019 Preview: Animations
While not high on animations this year, #TIFF19 still features some interesting (Asian) projects: — Chinese director Yonfan returns home for his first animated feature, a love triangle set during the political uproar in 1960’s Hong Kong.
TIFF 2019 Preview: Documentaries
Sometimes the real stories are just better than fiction. Here are some top picks at #TIFF19 — Prolific documentary film director Alex Gibney’s latest film follows Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once one of the richest people in Russia. In the 1990’s he was put in prison and became a prominent figure in the anti-Putin movement.
TIFF 2019 Preview: Music in Film
With Lady Gaga (‘A Star Is Born’, 'Gaga: Five Foot Two’) almost becoming a regular, #TIFF19 is keeping with its tradition of music at the festival. Here are the performers at this year’s fest:
TIFF 2019 Preview: World Cinema
Every September some of the worlds finest directors come to Toronto to show off their latest work. Here are a couple you might want to check out: — Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's (‘Shoplifters’, ‘Like Father, Like Son’) takes a worldly step outside his home country, where he directs Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke in this drama about a mother–daughter reunion in Paris.
TIFF 2019 Preview: Asian Cinema
With the many Asian films at #TIFF19 it’s hard to pick, but here are some of the best at the fest this year: — ‘Snowpiercer’ director Bong Joon-ho already won a Palme d'Or for his latest film ‘Parasite’. The fantastical film follows a poor South Korean family as they scam their way into a rich family household.