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Toronto 2019 Interview: Julie Delpy Creates MY ZOE

There are two excellent films contained within My Zoe, Julie Delpy’s latest turn as writer/director and co-star. One is a bleak breakup drama, worthy of Ingmar Bergman at his starkest, that relentlessly explores a former couple’s escalating worst nightmare. The...

Toronto 2019 Review: SYNCHRONIC, The Science of Altered States

The Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead oeuvre has successfully wandered in the fields of science fiction and horror, examining questions of the meaning and purpose of existence, the nature of love, and the concept of time through some serious philosophical discussions and...

Friday One Sheet: BLOW THE MAN DOWN

I did not manage to catch Blow The Man Down, Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy's salty Maine-set mystery-drama at TIFF this year. Had I seen this key art in advance, I might have tried a wee bit harder. Acting...

Toronto 2019 Exclusive: We Have The CRAZY WORLD Poster And Stills From Wakaliwood Martial Arts Action Flick

If there is a better way to close out the Midnight Madness program at TIFF no one has suggested it yet. This Saturday, Ugandan filmmaker IGG Nabwana comes to Canada for the fist time to present the world premiere of...

Toronto 2019 Interview: SYNCHRONIC Directors Moorhead & Benson's Favorite Cinematic Representations of Altered States

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have wowed audiences with their mind-bending (and genre-bending) films Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. All of these films share the similarity of slyly tackling complex philosophical and/or metaphysical subject matter in an entertaining package. The...

Toronto 2019 Review: THE LONG WALK, Contemplating Grief and Time-Travel

Many people dream of traveling back in time to certain events in their lives in the hopes of changing them, they believe for the better. But what does it mean to travel back, and why do we always think of...

Toronto 2019 Review: DISCO Doubts Your Commitment To Sparkle Motion

Disco is a juxtaposition of cults. One is the intense dance competition circuit. Here, girls in skimpy, sparkling outfits, a deluge of rhinestones and sequins, with face paint to match, perform intensely choreographed contortions to thumping electronica as an expression of...

Toronto 2019 Review: THE PLATFORM Is a Dystopian Feast of Social Inequality

A man wakes up in a spartan concrete room, with a copy of Don Quixote, and a composed, elderly roommate. The number 48 is stencilled on the wall, and there is an open elevator shaft that divides the space. The...

Toronto 2019 Review: BLOOD QUANTUM Chews On The Sins of Fathers

It is 1971, and a lone police car drives purposely, if slightly lost, through the Northern Canadian forest. Its bright red cherries offer little light, and function more of a quiet warning to the wilderness which surround it. The Police...

Toronto 2019 Review: In JALLIKATTU, The Line Between Man And Beast Dissolves

A small village in the forests of rural Kerala is about to face down a terrifying beast when a buffalo bound for slaughter escapes and wreaks havoc on its lanes and the surrounding farmland. The seventh feature from Indian filmmaker...

COLOR OUT OF SPACE: RLJE Films Lands U.S. Rights Ahead of World Premiere at TIFF

RLJE Films have acquired the U.S. rights for Richard Stanley's upcoming film, Color Out of Space, which will have its World Premiere here in Toronto on Saturday night.    RLJE Films are a pretty agressive purchaser of films for distribution...

Toronto 2019 Review: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, Queering the Costume Drama

Rarely has there been a film title that was so apt in describing a film, and its maker. After contemporary social dramas on queerness and gender identity (Tomboy and Girlhood), writer/director Céline Sciamma's star continues to rise as she deftly...

Toronto 2019 Preview: The Genre and International Sides

The Toronto International Film Fest kicks off its 2019 edition today! We've already taken quick tours of the world premieres and the hits from past fests. Today we span both categories but pay particular attention to films that skew towards...

Toronto 2019 Preview: Top Picks from Previous Festivals

Yesterday we took a look at some of this year's award hopefuls making their world premieres at TIFF 2019. Today we switch gears and preview a few of the hits from past fests continuing their runs at Toronto....

Toronto 2019 Preview: World Premiere Awards Hopefuls

The massive feast of cinematic goodness that is the Toronto International Film Festival is all set to kick off on Thursday. We will be taking a quick tour of the lineup over the next few days to get your appetite...

Take A First Look At The Poster For Mattie Do's THE LONG WALK

Everyone needs a bit of death, time travel and ghosts in their life, right? Well, Laotian filmmaker Mattie Do certainly does and she's delivered just that with her third feature, The Long Walk, and with the film about to embark...

Friday One Sheet: THE REPORT Redacts Truth

Analog newsprint and redaction feature heavily into the key art for The Report. In noisy high-contrast black and white, Adam Driver in a pretty natty suit, is rendered in newsprint text with headlines poking out. "Fabricated Information" is underlined via...

Friday One Sheet: A HIDDEN LIFE

You are always guaranteed a great poster for the films of Terrence Malick. A Hidden Life premiered at Cannes in May, but here is a teaser poster for its Toronto International Film Festival screening. Set in World War II, and...

Toronto 2019: SYNCHRONIC, THE LONG WALK, And GUNS AKIMBO Are Coming to Town

No matter how hard you try there is never enough time to catch all the films you want to at TIFF. Believe us, our own Kurt tries every year. Choices and sacrifices are made each year. This latest batch of...

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Trailer: Eddie Murphy is Effing up Mother-Effers in Craig Brewer's Comedy

Craig Brewer's Dolemite Is My Name will have its World Premiere here in Toronto at TIFF and was an immediate buzz title when that was announced. Netflix dropped the official trailer earlier and it looks amazing!    Eddie Murphy leads a...