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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) from Erik Anderson of AwardsWatch with Rubin Safaya and Meghan White of Cinemalogue

Interview: ‘Widows’ film composer, Oscar winner Hans Zimmer

With over 150 films to his name, Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and most recognizable name in film composing. From his Oscar and Grammy-winning score for The Lion King to the often used pieces from The Thin Red Line and of course, the ‘BRAAMM’ from Inception, Zimmer’s scores are a cultural touchstone, a zeitgeist that reaches beyond …

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Interview: Joe Walker, Oscar-nominated film editor of ‘Widows’

Joe Walker is a two-time Oscar-nominated film editor who is responsible for cutting some of the best action and sci-fi films of this decade.  Before that, Walker cut his teeth on some of Britain’s most prestigious television films and series’, honing his craft while also dabbling in his original passion, music.  His work with Denis Villeneuve is legendary: from Sicario …

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Interview: Garrard Conley, author of ‘Boy Erased’

Author Garrard Conley on the set of Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, a Focus Features release. Credit: Focus Features Garrard Conley is the author of the memoir Boy Erased, about his experience in a gay conversion camp, now a major motion picture set for release by Focus Features on November 2nd. Boy Erased was nominated for a Lamdba Literary Award and was featured as a …

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Interview: Maggie Gyllenhaal on ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ complex women and taking what she wants

Photo: Christian Hogstedt Maggie Gyllenhaal is no stranger to playing complex women on the verge of a personal awakening or exerting strength and confidence in a male-dominated world. From her breakthrough in Secretary (for which she won the National Board of Review’s Breakthrough award and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award) to Sherrybaby (another Golden Globe nomination) …

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Toronto Review: ‘Boy Erased’ (★★★½)

Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Jared, a 19-year old college student, is whisked away from his Arkansas home in the dark, early hours of the morning by his mother to 12-day gay conversion …

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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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Toronto Review: ‘Green Book’ (★★★)

Peter Farrelly’s race relations road movie may be safe and conventional but winning performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make it a crowdpleaser “Inspired by a true story” as an opening title card often says more about what a film is not about rather than what it’s about. An even looser term than “based,” we know going in that …

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Toronto Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (★★★★)

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece;  a lush, visual love story and the first ever film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement …

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