LavStrada August 29

BLind Spot: La Strada

The worse thing about love is not the pain that comes when it is lost. It is the realization that the opportunity for love was present, but we let it slip through our fingers. The lingering regret it causes can be downright unbearable at times. This is something that circus strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) tragically […]

A Tale of Love and Darkness August 26

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natalie Portman’s feature length directorial debut carries both dreamlike beauty and a somber reality that frequently seem at odds with one another. Just as young Amos (Amir Tessler) gets swept up in the power of his mother’s stories it is easy to fall under the spell of Portman’s vibrant visual eye. There is a confidence […]

Angels and Ghosts August 25

Shorts Spotlight: Angels and Ghosts

The stigma surrounding mental illness is something that we all need to take responsibility in erasing. Part of this not only requires educating oneself about the various symptoms, but also taking the time to get to know those around us who often suffer in silence. In Sara Kenney’s award-winning short, which is narrated by Oscar […]

Sami Blood August 23

TIFF’s Discovery Lineup Focuses on New Filmmakers

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today its Discovery programme showcasing 35 outstanding and absorbing feature films, including 16 World Premieres, by first and second time feature directors from Canada and across the globe, sponsored by Dropbox. “Toronto audiences first found Christopher Nolan, Lynne Ramsay and Steve McQueen in our Discovery section,” said Cameron Bailey, […]

TIFF The Imitation Game-Benedict Cumberbatch August 22

TIFF’s Importance Goes Beyond Oscar Glory

As I sit here with tears welling in my eyes, having joined the rest of the nation in watching The Tragically Hip’s farewell concert, I want nothing more than to scream. To unleash the rage inside and break free of sense of the melancholy that has been holding me down for months. If there was […]

Transparent August 18

Transparent, Black Mirror Lead TIFF’s Primetime Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival® tunes in to Primetime for its second year, tapping five high-quality television premieres from countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Canada. The Primetime programme channels the best international television fit for the silver screen, focusing on powerful, small-screen storytelling that pushes […]

Sicario August 18

Talking Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario on Can’t Stop the Movies

All good things must come to an end (for now at least) as Can’t Stop the Movies’ retrospective on the films of Denis Villeneuve comes to a close. Though host Andrew Hathaway and I will reconvene to talk more Villeneuve when his new film Arrival opens in the fall, we close things out with a […]

After Love August 16

TIFF Unveils Strong Contemporary World Cinema Slate

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today an exciting and diverse selection of new works from international filmmakers, as a part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme. Offering a variety of perspectives from around the world, this year’s lineup draws from Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Haiti, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South […]

The Bleeder August 16

TIFF Adds More Galas and Special Presentations

The Toronto International Film Festival® adds 2 Galas and 14 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated Galas and Special Presentations lineups. From thought-provoking stories to passionate tales, and filled with international talent and global stars, these films will thrill, inspire, and resonate with audiences. The Special Presentations programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship […]

Personal Shopper August 16

TIFF Announces Masters Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced the selections for the 2016 Masters programme. This year’s lineup features the latest bold, exciting and moving works from masters of contemporary cinema from around the world, including Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Hong Sang-soo, and many others. Certain Women The 41st Toronto […]

The Arbitration August 16

Lagos Steps Into TIFF’s City to City Spotlight

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival® shines its spotlight on eight fearless features from the city of Lagos, Nigeria, for the eighth edition of the City to City programme. The lineup showcases gutsy new works by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries. “Hundreds of films are made every […]

Home August 13

Shorts Spotlight: Home

The Jameson First Shot competition has been pairing emerging filmmakers with talented Hollywood stars for five years now. The participants in the 2016 edition not only had the pleasure of Kevin Spacey serving as one of the producers on their film, but were also able to work with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role. While […]

Jackie August 11

Bold Films Lead TIFF’s Platform Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival® revealed an artistically stimulating and thought-provoking lineup for Platform, the juried programme that champions director’s cinema from around the world. In its second year, the international lineup includes two Canadian features as well as selections from Australia, France, Bhutan, Belgium, USA, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. This year, Platform […]

Suicide Squad 2016 August 11

Talking Suicide Squad on the Lambcast

Suicide Squad may have been put through the wringer by critics, but that did not stop the film from setting records at the box office. Are critics being too harsh? Does the film offer audiences the summer blockbuster fun that they hope for? In this week’s episode of the Lambcast podcast, I join host Jay […]

Pans Labyrinth August 09

Pan’s Labyrinth Part of TIFF’s Cinematheque Programme

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today the lineup for its TIFF Cinematheque programme. Highlights include a 30th anniversary screening of Jonathan Demme’s anarchic cult favourite Something Wild; Julie Dash’s timely masterpiece Daughters of the Dust; Marlon Brando’s only directorial outing One-Eyed Jacks; and Gillo Pontecorvo’s epic The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri). […]

a brief history of princess x August 09

Shorts from Across the Globe Converge at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival® is pleased to announce the international titles that complete the full lineup for the Short Cuts programme. Forty-one titles join 33 previously announced Canadian short films, which will screen in 11 curated programmes. With settings that range from rural Tanzania to Mexico City, from war-torn Syria to a seemingly ordinary […]

The Bad Batch August 09

TIFF Unveils Vanguard Titles

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today its Vanguard programme featuring dark and edgy films that twist genre and art house conventions together in a new way. Vanguard is generously sponsored by AXE. “At the Festival, everyone has the opportunity to indulge their different cinematic tastes. In the Vanguard lineup, art house and genre collide […]

Blair Witch August 09

Blair Witch, Free Fire and More at TIFF’s Midnight Madness

Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before […]

The Turning Point August 09

Leonardo DiCaprio Documentary Plays TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 documentary programme presents a diverse collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog, plus new talent telling stories in global hot spots such as Syria, Pakistan, and Myanmar. Leonardo DiCaprio is prominently featured in a rousing call to action on climate […]

Fort Buchanan August 07

Fort Buchanan

The debut film by Benjamin Crotty, an American-born writer-director living in Paris, is one of the sexiest films about isolation to hit theaters this year. Filled with pent-up sexual frustration and sly wit, Fort Buchanan is an endlessly captivating film that never overstays its welcome. Taking a minimalist approach to the way he presents the […]

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