the shape of water red band trailer

Another Toronto International Film Festival has been resigned to the dust, and it is time for us to look back on it and remember all the great (and not so great) films we witnessed there.

Truth be told, this year’s fest was slightly less exciting than last – the films were good, and some were even fantastic, but overall they did not pack as much of a punch as I’d been hoping. Still, it’s hard to deny the thrill one gets from attending TIFF; day after day, you spend hours upon hours watching films with audiences who are genuinely excited to be there, unlike seeing a film at your local multiplex, where the crowd could care less. If you’re covering TIFF as press, you rise at dawn, make your way down to the Scotiabank Theatre and spend almost the entire day there. It can be exhausting and draining, but it’s also wonderful.

For the sake of completion, I’ve compiled links to all the /Film reviews (written by me and Marshall Shaffer) out of this year’s TIFF, as well as a blurb or two for films that did not receive a full review. Here is every movie we saw at TIFF 2017.

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Wonderstruck trailer 2

Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) has teamed up with Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions for his latest film. Based on author Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s novel, Wonderstruck is the story of two kids in two separate time periods going on their own quests for discovery, and early reviews indicate that this could be a major contender for awards as we enter the fall movie season. Take a look at the latest Wonderstruck trailer below.
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wonder woman blu-ray

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Remember physical media? It still exists! I swear! And while streaming is great, there’s something to be said for a Blu-ray release, especially considering not everything is available via streaming. So we’re going to dust off our physical media release column and take it around the track. There’s still life in this one yet. Join me, won’t you?

This week on Blu-ray we have the best film in the DCEU, a charming rom-com, a Steven Spielberg classic, and a beautiful film where Kristen Stewart eats a sandwich.

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Jack Ryan TV show teaser

Shows about spies have been a near-constant presence on television since the medium’s early days, and while we’ve seen properties like Get Smart and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. make the jump to the big screen in recent years, Amazon is about to reverse that trend by bringing one of cinema’s biggest spies to TV. The company has just released the first brief teaser for Jack Ryan, based on the Tom Clancy-created character that’s appeared in five movies so far, and you can check it out below. But if you’re looking for your first glimpse at The Office star John Krasinski locked and loaded as the title character, you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.
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Good Omens

Monday has arrived with some good omens, indeed.

Neil Gaiman, who will be writing and running the miniseries adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett‘s 1990 novel Good Omens, released the first look at stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen in costume as the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, respectively. Three words: Blonde. Michael. Sheen.

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Wong Kar-Wai TV Series Heading to Amazon

Wong Kar-Wai has made an indelible mark on the cinema, helming foreign film classics like In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. But even for a well-regarded director like Wong, the grass is starting to look a little greener on the TV side. And not only TV, but TV streaming.

That’s right, Wong Kar-Wai is the next auteur director to strike a deal with Amazon for a historical crime drama series called The Tong Wars, following filmmakers like Woody Allen, Barry Jenkins, and others who have made the leap from film to streaming.

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the boys tv show

After years of jumping between the big and the small screens, and of being bounced from network to network like a troubled child in an ’80s movie, The Boys has found a new home. The television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson‘s anti-superhero comic is now being developed at Amazon, where it could receive a straight-to-series pick-up. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are still on board to executive produce and direct. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is still attached to the write the pilot.

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james bond film rights

The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running film franchises of all time, and it’s no secret that Hollywood’s current business model holds bankable franchises in particularly high esteem. That’s why nearly every major studio has, at one time or another in the past few years, been vying for the distribution rights to the Bond movies after MGM and Eon Productions’ deal with Sony Pictures lapsed after Spectre.

But now two new contenders have entered the fray, and if one of them wins the rights, the future of the Bond franchise (and potentially the blockbuster film landscape as a whole) could look very different than it does now. Apple and Amazon are now bidding on the James Bond film rights, and there’s the chance that a James Bond TV show could even be in the cards if the right circumstances fall into place.
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Starsky & Hutch reboot

Remember the Starsky and Hutch reboot we heard about last week? Amazon is already behind it, giving the project a script-to-series commitment. Executive producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is reportedly directing the pilot, which he’s co-writing with his brother, Brian Gunn (PG Porn), and cousin Mark Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). However, eboot may me the wrong word for the project because, in a recent Facebook post celebrating the original series and the deal with Amazon, Gunn wrote it’s not a “reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way.”

Below, read what Gunn had to say about the Starsky and Hutch reboot.

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Tin Star trailer

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks are on the opposite sides of the law in a new upcoming Amazon series, Tin Star. The 10-part series was written and created by Rowan Joffe, the writer behind The American and co-writer of 28 Weeks Later. Joffe, who made his feature directorial debut with Brighton Rock, directs Roth and Hendricks in the pilot, which is about a British detective (Roth) who becomes a police chief in Canada.

Below, watch the Tin Star trailer.

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