Kill Your Friends trailer

This weekend brings Zac Efron’s aspiring DJ movie We Are Your Friends, but the United Kingdom has a literally more cutthroat story set in the music industry.

Kill Your Friends is a new dark comedic thriller starring Nicholas Hoult and based on John Niven‘s best-selling novel of the same name, and the first Kill Your Friends trailer has just arrived before the film’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. But beware, the trailer is a little NSFW with some brief glimpses of nudity and also F-bombs. Read More »

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Michael Moore in Capitalism: A Love Story

Its been a while since Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made a film. In fact, he hasn’t had a new film in almost 6 years, with the release of Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009. Over the years Moore has hinted about working on a new film, and has even teased that he might leave documentaries for narrative films.

Now we know about Moore’s next project. It is Where to Invade Next , a documentary film which has already been completed in secret and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hit the jump for more details.

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Matt Damon in The Martian

With the summer movie season starting to wind down, it’s time to look ahead to the more serious-minded films of fall. The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced its 2015 slate, featuring such buzzy highlights as Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario, Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass, Cary Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation, and much, much more. Get the TIFF 2015 lineup announced so far after the jump. Read More »

‘The Imitation Game’ Wins Top Toronto Prize

Toronto Imitation Game

The Toronto International Film Festival is unique in a few respects, but one of the most interesting thing about the fest in relation to other film festivals is that the top prize is decided by audiences. The People’s Choice Award may sound like an also-ran TV awards show, but in reality it’s a big deal. You’ve heard of some of the previous winners: 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. This year, the prize winner at TIFF was The Imitation Game, in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. Read More »

Phoenix trailer

Christian Petzold, director of Barbara, had a new film premiere in Toronto this week, and the people who love Phoenix really love it. Called a Hitchcockian thriller set in post-WWII Berlin, the film features Nina Hoss as a concentration camp survivor who goes to great lengths to find her husband, from whom she was separated before her internment. But he could have a darker role in her wartime experience than she originally believed. Check out the Phoenix trailer below. Read More »

Tusk early buzz
Kevin Smith‘s latest film Tusk premiered Saturday night at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness selection. The first reactions have been flooding twitter, and it seems like everyone agrees: the movie is fucked up. Is that a good thing? The film reportedly received a standing ovation, and most of the reactions seem to be positive. Hit the jump to read the Tusk early buzz and see the first tweet reactions to Kevin Smith’s new horror indie.

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Men, Women & Children trailer
Jason Reitman‘s latest film Men, Women & Children has screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and we have compiled the tweets coming out of the first Press & Industry screening. Its a mix of mostly positive (18 people) but also negative (10 people), with some critics like Owen Gleiberman and Ed Douglas touting it as a complex return to form while others like Jeff Wells calling it “soulless” and Ben Lyons leaving the screening tweeting that the film made him “very, very angry…”. The public premiere happens at the Ryerson theatre tonight, and I expect we’ll see a more positive response from the non critic/industry audience.

Many didn’t respond to Reitman’s last film Labor Day, which I enjoyed — connecting with the coming of age stuff, which was filmed near my hometown and set in the period of my upbringing. But unlike Jason’s previous films, Labor Day didn’t have a lot to say about us. I’m excited for Men, Women & Children because it looks like its more in line with what I connected to in his previous films. You can read all of the compiled tweets and reviews after the jump.

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Cub trailer

The Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival is one of the most reliable lineups of provocative genre movies each year — programmer Colin Geddes does a great job of choosing films that are memorable and full of new talent. Here’s the Cub trailer, which will be your first look at one of this year’s Midnight Madness titles.

Jonas Govaerts makes his debut as a director with the film, which tells the story of “a troupe of young Cub Scouts who find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps.” There’s some weird stuff and much bloody violence in this trailer. Oh, and the film boasts a score by Steve Moore, from the band Zombi, who also did music for Adam Wingard’s The Guest. You won’t hear the score here, but check out the trailer below. Read More »

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It’s that time of the year, when the Toronto Film Festival begins to announce its giant movie line-up. In so doing, the film calendar formally begins the transition from summer to fall, as the more serious films of the festival circuit approach their debuts.

Foxcatcher (above; trailer here) will show up, as will the Reese Witherspoon film Wild (trailer), the strange-looking Jake Gyllenhaal crime film Nightcrawler (teaser), and Jon Stewart’s first film as a director, Rosewater. There will also be another notable directorial debut as the first film from Chris Evans, Before We Go, will play.

Below you’ll find a list of the Galas (big premieres of generally mainstream films, such as The Judge and The Equalizer) and the Special Presentations, which are often high-profile indies that have distribution already set. Some of these have already premiered at other festivals, while others make their world premiere at TIFF. There are 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced so far, with 37 world premieres. Other directors represented include Jason ReitmanNoah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, François Ozon, Hal Hartley, Mike BinderLone Scherfig, and Chris Rock.

While the festival’s opening night film has not yet been revealed, the closing presentation will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci, and  Rickman. TIFF runs September 4-14. The full lineup as announced so far is below.

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