Film can be at the forefront of social movements with stories reflecting the changes and progress in society . This year is no different with the transgender drama About Ray starring Elle Fanning (which The Weinstein Company abruptly delayed this week) and the recently debuted gay rights drama Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
Based on the documentary of the same name, the drama follows a New Jersey couple, Laurel and Stacie (Moore and Page) who are forced to fight for their legal rights. Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and has to battle county officials in order to make sure her pension will end up in the hands of her partner Stacie.
Hot on the heels of a debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, a new Freeheld trailer has arrived, driven by a new ballad by chart-topping singer Miley Cyrus. Read More »
The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and with it comes teases of some of the movies playing at the Canadian film showcase. Today we have a NSFW glimpse of a sci-fi action movie called Hardcore, which was shot entirely from a first-person perspective, not unlike a live-action video game.
Executive produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written/directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller, the first Hardcore trailer has arrived before the film’s premiere, and this looks like an absolutely insane movie, complete with telekinesis, naked girls, tons of gunfire, explosions and a lot of crazy fun. Read More »
Ethan Hawke plays jazz trumpeter and famous addict Chet Baker in the film Born to Be Blue, which premieres soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see a clip of Hawke in action, playing a mournful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the studio as his producer, played by Callum Keith Rennie, looks on approvingly. Have a look at the Born to Be Blue clip below. Read More »
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 »
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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Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 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 »
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 »
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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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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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