As the blockbuster summer movie season slowly winds down, it’s time to look ahead to this fall’s festival circuit offerings. The Toronto International Film Festival has just unveiled its first wave of programming, and its slate so far looks pretty damn impressive.

This year’s TIFF will kick off with a bang, with Rian Johnson‘s action thriller Looper slotted for opening night. In the following days, the event will also showcase new features by David O. Russell, Terrence MalickJoe Wright, Noah Baumbach, Joss WhedonDerek CianfranceBen AffleckTom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings, among others. And that’s just for starters — expect still more announcements in the coming weeks. Hit the jump to check out the fifty or so titles revealed so far.

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Note: This review was first published on September 11th 2011, and the film was screened during the Toronto International Film Festival. Spurlock’s film is now available on demand, so we’re republishing the review. I’ve since seen the movie a second time and gladly recommend it to any pop culture geek I know.

When I first heard that Morgan Spurlock would be directing a documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International, I was worried that it would be a puff piece — a glorified direct to video infomercial. The fact that Spurlock chose to premiere the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival instead of in San Diego speaks towards its merits as a real film and not a Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! prime-time tv special.

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Ghosts, kickboxing, Shakespeare and sibling rivalry are all at the center of Bunohan, a Malaysian film that had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend and have its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest later this month. Written and directed by Dain Said, Bunohan (also called Return to Murder) is the story of how three brothers, each with a murderous profession, flee their home country and family only to find themselves back together in the titular small border town where they’re forced to deal with their pasts.

/Film is excited to premiere a bunch of exclusive stills from the film as well as some bad ass storyboards. Check those out, as well as the trailer and more, after the jump. Read More »

Jennifer Westfeldt‘s Friends With Kids (not the be confused with Friends With Benefits) has a set-up that most people in their 30′s can relate with — what happens when all of your friends get married, have children and become unavailable?

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Bobcat Goldthwait has been pushing the line of political correctness over the years: Sleeping Dogs Lie told the story of a guy who learns his girlfriend has had sexual relations with a dog, World’s Greatest Dad was about a man who uses the freak accidental death of his son to gain local fame as the ghost author of his son’s posthumous journal. His latest film, which Bobcat said completes a trilogy of sorts, pushes the line even further.

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Of all the potentially great films showing at TIFF this year, perhaps the one I’m most excited for is Bobcat Goldthwait‘s God Bless America. There are good films and great films, and then movies that somehow seem made to tap directly into your own sensibilities and perspective. Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad, was one of those.

So I’m hoping that God Bless America, a comedy in which a middle-aged guy kills a teen reality TV star, might have some of the same appeal. (For me, at least.) In anticipation of the film’s premiere at Toronto, Bobcat Goldthwait is talking about what to expect from the movie and, to some extent, his own comic legacy. And there’s a poster for the movie, though it isn’t a great one. Read More »


When I walked into the theater today to see Gareth Evans‘ The Raid, I knew nothing about the film. I had heard some positive buzz coming out of the film’s midnight madness premiere last night at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, but that that was it. I had no expectations, and no idea how hard my ass was going to get kicked by this Indonesian action movie. This is the best action film I’ve seen in years.

Read more of my spoiler free thoughts and watch the red band movie trailer now, embedded after the jump. Trust me, you want to see this.

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Luc Besson‘s latest film makes quite a break from what we’ve come to expect from the writer/director/producer thanks to a decade of making mostly cheap, visceral action films. The Lady stars Michelle Yeoh as Burmese revolutionary leader Aung San Suu Kyi — this is a real-life story of political oppression and resistance. The first teaser trailer, which shows Yeoh in character taking the stage in front of a throng of wildly cheering supporters, has just dropped. Along with it comes the film’s first poster, designed by Shepard Fairey, based on his design featuring the real Aung San Suu Kyi. See both below. Read More »

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