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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...

Friday One Sheet: PUSH

Hot Docs is coming to Toronto, and what better way to celebrate that than with a documentary on the increasing urban-global housing crisis (of which several Canadian cities qualify). Fredrik Gertten's documentary examines the 'gentrification' issue in a variety of...

Toronto 2018 Review: KINGSWAY, A Well-acted, If Slight, Dramedy

As a Vancouverite, my interest in seeing Bruce Sweeney's Kingsway stemmed almost entirely from the fact that it is shot and set in my city. Vancouver is, in fact, the third-largest centre for film and television production in North America,...

Toronto 2018 Preview: 10 Hot Titles to Watch from TIFF18

The Toronto Int'l Film Fest gets rolling on Thursday. With over 250 feature films, it's going to be another gigantic orgy of cinema. We've done our best to cull the massive listings and pick out just 10 films to draw...

Toronto 2017 Dispatch: Worldwide Faves Deliver in their Mother Tongues

Although it's often the big Hollywood awards movies that get the most column inches, TIFF is always loaded with international films. 2017 is no different with many a Foreign Language Oscar submission making its North American debut at the festival....

Toronto 2017 Dispatch: Dark Comedies from Clooney/Coens, Payne, and Iannucci Scoring Well

In trying times, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. It would seem that some of the leading filmmakers of today have taken that to heart and have also embraced the idea that a certain form of laughter laced with...

Toronto 2017: Exclusive Clip for Danish WINTER BROTHERS

Playing in the Discovery section at this year's Toronto Int'l Film Fest is the North American premiere of Danish director Hlynur Pálmason's premiere feature, Winter Brothers We've got an exclusive clip to premiere for you ahead of the screening. Here...

Toronto 2017 Preview: On the Genre Side

TIFF 2017 kicks off tomorrow and we continue our preview series today with a look at movies that lean a bit more genre. These aren't all Midnight Madness flicks, but they are all on the fantastic side of things. Don't...

Toronto 2017 Preview: The Best from Other Fests

TIFF 2017 kicks off in Toronto on Thursday and we've got a packed week of previews leading up to the crazy huge festival. Even though this year's program has been reduced a bit, it's still one of the world's biggest...

Hot Docs 2017 Curtain Raiser: A Deep Dive Into Toronto's Super-Sized Documentary Festival

North America's premiere documentary film festival kicks off in a few days in Toronto for its 24th edition. As is the norm, it features a daunting number of titles for lovers of standard, and not so standard, non-fiction cinema.  ...

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: FREE FIRE Brings Guns Blazing Glory From Beginning to End

At about 15 minutes into Ben Wheatley’s sixth feature film Free Fire, it becomes pretty clear we're probably not leaving this room anytime soon. But that is totally cool. This bold storytelling gambit works because Wheatley and his collaborators (notably...

Toronto 2016 Preview: 10 to Watch from Masters, Discovery, Platform, & More

It's all happening on the streets of Toronto as the Toronto International Film Festival is kicking off today. We've already taken you all on a quick tour of the Galas and Special Presentations, the Midnight Madness and Vanguard, and the...

Toronto 2016 Preview: 10 to Watch from TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Just one more day until Toronto International Film Festival explodes all over the capital of Ontario. If you've been following along, you've already seen our previews of the Galas and Special Presentations and the Midnight Madness and Vanguard sections. Now...

Toronto 2016 Preview: 10 to Watch from Midnight Madness & Vanguard

The Toronto International Film Festival gets going on Thursday! Yesterday we took a quick look at the Galas and Special Presentations. Today we turn our attention to two of our favorite sections: Midnight Madness and Vanguard. This was really hard...

Toronto 2016 Preview: 10 to Watch from Galas & Special Presentations

It's time once again for the Toronto International Film Festival! The big Canadian fest kicks off Thursday and we've got a few days of previews in store for the Screen Anarchy faithful. These are just a few of the over...

MAUDITE POUTINE (SHAMBLES): Trailer Premiere For Karl Lemieux's Striking New Feature

For those of us of a certain age and cultural outlook - particularly for those of us Canadians of that age and outlook - Montreal based musical collective Godspeed You Black Emperor hold a very special place in the heart,...

Toronto 2016 Vanguard Announcement Led by Amirpour, Du Welz, and Nacho Vigalondo

TIFF's Vanguard Program(me) always features some of the most innovative filmmakers on the international scene. Ana Lily Amirpour is just that and her debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night made everyone sit up and ask what else...

Wheatley, Wingard, 'Mo Bros. Lead Toronto 2016 Midnight Madness Announcement

We shoulda seen it coming when Free Fire, the latest from UK madman Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise), was announced to be having its "European" Premiere at BFI London in October. That's code for "It's headed to TIFF!" Indeed it...

Hot Docs 2016: Twitch Cherry-Picks Titles From Full Festival Lineup

North America's largest documentary film festival just announced its full line-up and schedule. Hot Docs returns to Toronto in its 23rd year, and as per usual, it features a massive number of titles for lovers of non-fiction cinema: 232 features...