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2018 TIFF: What Did We Like and What Did We Learn

As awards watchers, the Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest jumping off point for Oscar season. Venice and Telluride come first (just by a few days) but TIFF’s size and stature mark it as the premiere festival for films of all kinds – Hollywood, independent, foreign language and documentary – to begin or build their buzz as we enter …

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Toronto Film Festival Winners: ‘Green Book’ drives into the Oscar race

The Peter Farrelly race relations road comedy Green Book, starring Academy Award winner Mashershala Ali (Moonlight) and Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic) has won the top prize at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. The win gives the film a massive boost in the Oscar race, where for many people it …

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Mill Valley Film Fest Lineup: Timothée Chalamet, Tributes and Spotlights, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ to close

MVFF41 will feature Tributes and Spotlights on Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Kindergarten Teacher), Karyn Kusama (Destroyer), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased), Cannes Best Director winner Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Amandla Stenberg (Where Hands Touch) and more Previously announced opening night films are Green Book and A Private War. ROMA is the …

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‘Green Book’ 2nd opener for 41st Mill Valley Film Festival; Mahershala Ali, Peter Farrelly to attend

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali and Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen will be the co-opening night film of the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival. Farrelly and Ali will attend. Matthew Heineman’s A Private War, starring Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan, was previously announced as one of the two openers. For classically trained Black …

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Telluride: ‘The Front Runner’ is most definitely not

Jason Reitman’s second film of 2018 after his critically raved Tully this spring is not being met with quite the same response, unfortunate that a film called The Front Runner looks to be anything but.  The Front Runner follows the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the …

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Interview: Darko Štante, director of TIFF world premiere ‘Consequences’

‘Consequences‘ director Darko Štante Darko Štante was born in 1975 in Ljubljana. He graduated from the Facultyof Social Work at the University of Ljubljana. At the moment, he is finishing his master’s degree program in film directing at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. In the past, he has worked as an assistant director on various commercial productions …

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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Yes, says Telluride

Melissa McCarthy is earning the best reviews of her career for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which just premiered at Telluride, certainly since her Oscar-nominated performance in Bridesmaids.  Veteran British actor Richard E. Grant is also earning stellar praise and could be on his way to his first Oscar nomination. Director Marielle Heller and writer Nicole Holofcener join McCarthy and …

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‘Boy Erased’ means well but falters at Telluride

Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased made its world premiere at Telluride but without its star, Lucas Hedges, in tow. He was busy with a play in New York that he couldn’t get out of (rehearsals for The Waverly Gallery; word is it will also keep him from Toronto next week) but Edgerton (who is also in the film playing a pastor) …

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Looking at the LGBTQ films at TIFF 2018

TIFF is raising the bar of what makes an LGBTQ film The LGBTQ selections at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival spread over continents, genders, nationalities and colors. They feature intense family dramas, personal coming out stories, historical biopics and dark comedy. One of the most misunderstoods letters of the LGBTQ acronym is the Q (queer). A ‘queer’ film doesn’t …

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