25th Trip to the Toronto International Film Festival
Silver Linings Playbook — David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) directs Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in this family drama about people trying to rebuild their shattered lives. With Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners — I lived through the era that this documentary examines, when radical activist Angela Davis made headlines daily for her beliefs and her actions.
Cloud Atlas — Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), this time travel/reincarnation drama explores how actions in the past can change the future and how an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. With Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.
The Bay — Barry Levinson (Diner, Wag the Dog) returns to his Baltimore roots to do a horror film about the outbreak of a deadly parasite in a small town in Maryland.
Seven Psychopaths — Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) becomes involved in the L.A. criminal underworld after his crazy friends (Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.
Argo — Ben Affleck stars in and directs this thriller about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. Affleck’s cast includes Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Kyle Chandler.
Love Is All You Need — The latest from Academy-Award winner Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World), Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm and Paprika Steen star in this romantic comedy about two very different families brought together for a wedding in an Italian villa.
The Sapphires — In 1968 four Aboriginal singers from a remote mission are branded as the Aussie answer to the Supremes and are sent to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids).
The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in game-changing performances as two broken people with mental issues who find each other, and while that might sound like a drama, it is so funny it resists being so easily labeled.
I wanted Flight to soar and instead it crashed after the tremendous opening section of the film that showed the events leading up to the crash of a commercial airline.
This writer is in the minority in calling the film a reasonably entertaining, but not all-that-exciting, recreation of this joint Canadian-CIA operation that wasn’t declassified until 1997.
Here is a list of my 10 favorite films from the Toronto Film Fest...
After five days and 18 movies viewed at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, I’ve got a few favorites and a little Oscar buzz. David O. Russell, writer-director of Three Kings and more recently, The Fighter, introduced his latest, Silver Linings Playbook.
Here are 10 non-festival flicks that look the most promising, in order of their scheduled release date.
In combination with everything you want in a chase -- death defying detours, you-are-there camera angles and just the right amount of humor -- 'Premium Rush' takes the standard components of a by-the-book action flick and throws that book out the window.
The best addition to the sequel is Chuck Norris, who provides a hilarious cameo.
With Matt Damon passing on the chance to continue as memory-challenged super spy Jason Bourne, the franchise went in a new direction with two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town, The Avengers).
When Brad Pitt and George Clooney are in Hollywood North to promote movies, the media blitz hits the frenzy button and rarely dies down. And so it was on the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival with Pitt in town to promote the baseball movie Moneyball, and Clooney ...