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

Toronto Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’ (★★★)

 Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet both give Oscar-worthy performances as a father and son dealing with the son’s drug addiction in this affecting true story Stories about drug and alcohol addiction almost come ready with no empathy assembly required. We want to see people overcome this disease and are automatically rooting for them to do so. But, we also know that …

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Toronto Review: Nicole Kidman in ‘Destroyer’ (★★★½)

In Karyn Kusama’s gritty and grimy crime thriller Destroyer, Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a grizzled LA detective only James Ellroy could love and gives one of the best performances of her career. Kusama, with her best film since her 2000 Sundance debut Girlfight (starring a then-unknown Michelle Rodriguez), wastes no time getting to it opening with an unrecognizable Kidman; …

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A Cry From the Heart: An interview with ‘Capernaum’ director Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki With CAPERNAUM, Nadine Labaki has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. From Cannes (where the film nabbed the Jury Prize) to Sarajevo and Melbourne (both of which awarded the film their Audience Prize), the film is clearly resonating with audiences and will be one of the biggest Foreign Language Oscar contenders of the year. At TIFF, …

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Toronto Review: ‘Widows’ (★★★½)

Steve McQueen’s twisty thriller finds room for a heist, family drama, racial politics and violence, and gender issues all led by a powerhouse performance from Viola Davis Widows doesn’t waste any time setting itself up. In a virtuoso opening sequence, a heist gone wrong led by Harry (Liam Neeson) with his cohorts Florek (Jon Bernthal) and Carlos (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), is intercut …

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Toronto Review: ‘Consequences’

Courtesy TIFF Looking back at childhood from the safe distance of adulthood, many of us find ourselves surprised to realize that our parents essentially had no idea what they were doing.  They may have projected a stalwart front, hiding a   closely guarded secret, yet making it up as they went along.  Sometimes, miraculously, this approach stumbles into accidental effectiveness. …

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Toronto Review: ‘Capernaum’

Photo courtesy: TIFF There is a moment in Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM which perfectly encapsulates the profound conundrum it presents. Her face crumpled with premature age and agony, Saoud (Kawthar Al Haddad), makes a plea to a judge that will ultimately decide the fate of her family. We, the audience, feel as if she is imploring us directly: don’t judge me. You haven’t walked a …

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TIFF: Roadside Attractions picks up Sebastian Stan-led Vietnam war film ‘The Last Full Measure’

Roadside Attractions, a sister company of Lionsgate, has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure, which recounts an extraordinary, untold story about the heroism of American soldiers in Vietnam.  The film features an all-star cast that is led by Sebastian Stan, Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer, Academy Award® Winner William Hurt, Academy Award® Nominee Samuel L. …

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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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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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