TIFF 2018: Canadian Features Lineup Announced

The second wave of titles for TIFF 2018 were unveiled this morning with the announcement Canadian features and short films.  The feature films follow below. “We’re especially proud to present such a diverse group of films,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. “Ranging from science fiction to fantasy, myth to documentary, and romance to a dystopic vision of our neighbours to the south, this year’s Canadian films come from every region in the country, stretching…

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TIFF 2018: First Wave of Titles Announced

The first wave of titles were unveiled this morning ahead of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), running September 6-16. Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programming of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. All in all, there were 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations in the first announcement.  This includes 21 World Premieres,…

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Woman Walks Ahead: Poor In Execution

Woman Walks Ahead sounds like a great idea in theory but the film goes poorly in its execution. Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain) has an interesting story.  The Swiss immigrant arrived to the United States in 1852, where both she and her mom settled in Brooklyn.  She would later have a marriage to Bernhard Schlatter end in divorce in 1883.  It’s what happened after her marriage ended in which her life would truly begin to get interesting.…

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Black Cop: A Scathing Satire

In his feature directorial debut, Black Cop, writer/director Cory Bowles uses unapologetic satire to explore the racial tensions within the police force and communities. As a result of Trailer Park Boys, Bowles has quite the social media following and deals with a number of trolls.  As such, this is a film that is best viewed through the right lens.  Otherwise, it’s going to come off as nothing but absurd. For one cop, who is known…

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Breath: A Coming-of-Age Surfer Drama

Breath is an okay coming-of-age film but the Australian-set film doesn’t really add anything to the genre despite the talents of director/co-writer Simon Baker. Based on Tim Winton’s best-selling novel of the same name, we’re taken to a remote area of the Western Australia coast.  This is where we’re introduced to teenagers Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Ivan (Ben Spence), known better as Loonie.  Growing up along the coast, the two of them want something more…

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On Chesil Beach feels Theatrical, not Cinematic

On Chesil Beach doesn’t quite rise up to to the level of previous adaptations of Ian McEwan’s works. Set in 1962, this is a film that can be very confusing to follow.  We eventually learn that Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) just got married a few hours earlier.  They are planning to consummate their marriage at a hotel along Chesil Beach in southern England on the Dorset coast.  However, Florence realizes that she…

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Revenge: A Very Bloody Thriller

Revenge is a dish that’s best served cold but a very bloody one in the case of Coralie Fargeat’s feature directorial debut. If blood isn’t your forte, it’s best-advised to stop reading now and stay away from Revenge because there’s a lot of blood.  A lot of it.  It’s enough to make one want to turn away from the screen at various times.  But if it’s something that is right up your alley, please stick…

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CCFF 2018: On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach doesn’t quite rise up to to the level of previous adaptations of Ian McEwan’s works. The film is rather confusing to follow.  We eventually learn that Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) just got married a few hours earlier and are planning to consummate their marriage.  Not all goes as planned, however, when Florence realizes that she can’t go through with it and runs out, causing Edward to chase after her. …

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Tribeca 2018: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley doesn’t focus on Frankenstein until the final half hour but the headliner is preceded by a lifeless under-card that’s not even worthy of pay-per-view. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) was the woman who would go on to pen the famous Frankenstein novel.  Before getting there, the future author had a relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth).  Their relationship was not one in which their family endorsed, which explains why the…

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2017 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup announced

The first round of films to premiere in the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival Gala and Special Presentations programs were announced this morning.  Of the films announced so far, there were be 25 World Premieres.  The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, announced the films during a press conference. “Festival-goers from around the world can…

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