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BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99: RLJE Films Acquires North American Rights Ahead of Fall Festival Run

With the world premiere of S. Craig Zahler's next film Brawl in Cell Block 99 just around the corner in Venice the annoucement came that the North American rights have been picked up by RLJE Films.    And they are...

Toronto 2017: Watch The Trailer For DOWNRANGE, Ryuhei Kitamura's Midnight Madness Entry

Hot on the heels of today's Midnight Madness lineup announcement comes the trailer for Ryuhei Kitamura's Downrange. The flick will mark the fourth appearance the Japanese director will make at the Toronto International Film Festival since his international breakout hit...

Toronto 2017: Docs, Shorts And Midnight Madness Programs Announced

We are at the halfway mark of summer here in Toronto and two things are already happening. Stores are loading up on Back to School supplies (I've seen young children crumple in tears at the foot of such displays) and...

Toronto 2017: First Wave Led By Women, the Sporting Life, and Favourite Filmmakers

The annual cavalcade of cinematic joy, otherwise known as the Toronto International Film Festival (or simply "Toronto 2017," in our headline parlance) has released its first wave of programming. The gala titles (14) and special presentations (33) lead the way....

Exclusive Interview: Steve James on ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

Steve James has been consistently crafting some of the smartest, most groundbreaking, most effective works of non-fiction for decades. Vaulted to the public eye with the majestic Hoop Dreams, his works have ranged from intimate portrayals of troubled men (Stevie),...

TIFF Midnight Madness And Vanguard Programmer Colin Geddes Hangs Up The Gloves

Word has come from the Toronto International Film Festival that veteran programmer Colin Geddes is hanging up those programming gloves and moving on after serving the festival for twenty years.    Geddes, a friend to the ScreenAnarchy family since our...

AnarchyVision: Toronto 2016 Highlights

Some of the main hits from the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), showcasing some of the highlights of this year's fest, including La La Land,  Arrival, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and more, are covered in the watch, which...

Exclusive Interview: Talking THE HANDMAIDEN With Park Chan-Wook

For several decades now Park Chan-Wook has been at the forefront of Korean Cinema that’s finding International audiences. His films are often breathtaking and full of bravado, solidifying sensuality and revenge in equal measure to craft works that both thrill...

Destroy All Monsters: The Normalized Atrocities of Julia Ducournau's RAW

Last Monday night's screening in the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival gained a week's worth of notoriety when The Hollywood Reporter announced that three people had fainted during the show and were taken away in an...

Toronto 2016 Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Rends With Savage Grace

If you are an honorable cinephile, right from the opening credit sequence of Nocturnal Animals, you will know you are in good hands. Hyper-glossy and daringly uncommercial in the same breath, it puts some fine Lynchian bonafides on the table...

HEADSHOT: Which Territories Have The Action Flick And Global VOD Launch

Important information for anyone looking forward to the Mo Brothers' action epic Headshot. Deadline has broken news about which territories have acquired the rights for the Indonesian flick which had its World Premiere in TIFF's Midnight Madness program last weekend. ...

Toronto 2016 Review: SALT AND FIRE, A Lukewarm Climate Change Parable

Roger Ebert once said of Werner Herzog that, 'even his failures are spectacular.' I'm curious if he were alive today, what he would have made of Salt and Fire, a rushed, sloppy and rather turgid film that has been (charitably)...

Toronto 2016 Review: BUSTER'S MAL HEART is Wonderfully Weird and Weirdly Wonderful

Rami Malek is having a moment. As the star of one of the most popular shows on television (Mr. Robot), Malek is likely getting big movie offers on a regular basis. So the choice to star as a bearded weirdo...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, A Giallo-Infused Theatre of Bedlam

We might think that in the 21st century, with social media platforms or instant video uploads, we are at the apex of what might be called the theatricality of life in the public eye. But even if Twitter didn't exist,...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Delivers All The Goods

Opening with the eponymous girl locked in a cell and counting upwards to a thousand, The Girl With All The Gifts may as well be ticking off the sheer number of zombie films that a fan of the genre is...

Toronto 2016 Review: LA LA LAND Gives Our Senses a Feast

La La Land is a series of dichotomies, existing as both a delightful flight of fancy and a broad relationship drama. It’s a film oozing with both nostalgia and contemporary energy, feeling both classic and of the moment in the...

Toronto 2016 Review: ARRIVAL Delivers Complex Ideas in an Exquisite Package

They should have sent a poet. The imagining of humankind's first contact with alien lifeforms is territory well-mined in popular fiction and probably best executed in Robert Zemeckis's wonderful 1997 film Contact. With such great works in the past, is...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE B-SIDE, A Sunny Portrait of Polaroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman

"Almost all human endeavour is ephemeral, all that is left in the end is love and friendship." So said Errol Morris at the screening of his latest movie, The B-Side, in which he spends a little over an hour on-screen...

Toronto 2016 Review: ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS Unleashes Unbridled Machismo in Brooding Noir

It's a man's world in Asura: The City of Madness, and a rotten one at that. Cops, prosecutors and politicians jostle about with unbridled machismo in a noirish caricature of corruption in the latest thriller to balk at the irresponsible...

Toronto 2016 Review: YOURSELF AND YOURS Finds Hong Sang-soo in Wry and Perplexing Mood

Celebrated indie auteur Hong Sang-soo returns to Toronto with his 18th film Yourself and Yours. Once again featuring artists boozing their way through a series of eateries as they lament over their personal woes, his latest work echoes the themes...