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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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Psycho Documentary Trailer

Psycho is one of the most acclaimed thrillers ever made. In fact, Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 classic is one of the best films of all time, regardless of genre. It’s been studied endlessly by scholars, cinephiles and film critics alike, and now a new documentary breaks down the film’s most iconic scene, pouring over every significant detail to find a deeper meaning.

78/52 hails from director Alexandre O. Philippe, who sat down with filmmakers like Peter Bogdanovich, Eli Roth and Guillermo del Toro, writer Bret Easton Ellis, legendary editor Walter Murch, composer Danny Elfman, actor Elijah Wood, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Oz Perkins, the respective children of Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, for a film that meticulously breaks down the three-minute sequence composed of 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits.

Watch the Psycho documentary trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

The Trip to Spain trailer

While The Trip movies often include a couple of melancholic moments and some pontificating about getting older, the majority of these films are an absolute pleasure to watch. Director Michael Winterbottom has locked in on a simple but effective formula: stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cruise across various countrysides eating delicious-looking food and incessantly bantering back and forth.

After a three year hiatus, they’re all back for a new set of adventures. IFC Films has unveiled the first full-length trailer for The Trip to Spain, the third and latest entry in this unlikely franchise, and Coogan and Brydon pay homage to late James Bond actor Roger Moore with more impressions.
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Band Aid Trailer

Along with all the blockbuster action movies hitting theaters this summer, make sure to keep an eye out for the underdog indie movies hitting select theaters and VOD that really need your support. One of those movies is called Band Aid, and the first trailer has just arrived online.

Band Aid is a hilarious but affecting story of a couple played by Adam Pally and Zoe Lister-Jones who are having trouble working through marriage woes. But instead of the usual therapy route, they decide to tackle their problems by forming a band and writing songs about what frustrates them about each other. It sounds kind of kitschy when described so simply, but there’s a tenderness and authenticity to the story that really makes it work in a delightful and poignant way.

Watch the Band Aid trailer below. Read More »

Brigsby Bear pic

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Comic book movies, reboots, spin-offs, and an unwanted sequel or two – they’re all coming out these next four months. We’re looking forward to more than a few of them, but I’m more hopeful for some of the movies coming to on-demand, steaming services, and local arthouse theaters this summer. Last week, we brought you the list of our most anticipated wide releases arriving this summer. And now, here’s the companion pieces: the 15 limited releases we’re most excited to see!

A few of the titles listed in our indie-themed 2017 summer movie preview below, including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, are set to go wide after a small launch. However, keep your eyes open – most of these movies may require you to actively seek them out…and a fair number of them will surely prove worth the effort!

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Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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‘A Dark Song’ Trailer: Black Magic is Not a Game

a dark song trailer

One of the most pleasant surprises to come out of last year’s Fantastic Fest was Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song, a stripped-down, no-nonsense horror movie about the perils of the occult. It was one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies I saw in 2016…and soon, it will be one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies you’ll see in 2017. You can watch the first trailer below.

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The Trip to Spain trailer

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will make more impersonations and maybe have another personal revelation or two in The Trip to Spain. They’re once again again playing versions of themselves for director Michael Winterbottom, who directed them in The Trip and The Trip to Italy. For their next adventure, they’ll perhaps get on each other’s nerves now and then (and make us laugh) while drinking some fine Spanish wine.

Below, watch The Trip to Spain teaser trailer.

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Wolves Trailer

Michael Shannon seems to be playing a familiar type in the new basketball drama Wolves: the father of the talented high school athlete who can’t help but stand in his kid’s way. He doesn’t disapprove of his son’s sports career – he just went and gambled away his entire college savings. Whoops.

Anyway, Shannon (one of our finest working actors) is the chief draw in the Wolves trailer, which shows off a sports drama that may contain a little more nerve than your average entry in the genre.

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Follow me through this inter-dimensional gateway. Trust me. It’ll only take a few minutes. Welcome to Universe 6418, one of infinite dimensions in the sprawling multiverse that makes up creation. No, no. We’re not here to see who’s in the White House. You don’t want to know who’s in there. We’re just here to take a peek at the posters at the local movie theater. Yep, this is the universe where Armie Hammer became a massive movie star, where Diego Luna was a household name long before Star Wars, and where Katee Sackhoff parlayed the success of Battlestar Galactica into a Scarlett Johansson-esque career as an all-purpose cinematic badass.

Now let’s go home, back to the universe where Sackhoff is doing perfectly fine, starring in TV’s Longmire and lending her talents to occasional horror movies like Don’t Knock Twice, which finds the former Starbuck facing off against a witch.

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