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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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Another Toronto International Film Festival has come and gone, bringing with it a wealth of great movies and a few weirdly disappointing ones too. This usually sets the stage for the remainder of the year in film – the movies that generated buzz at TIFF will likely go on to be talked about ad nauseam come Oscar season. TIFF itself gives out awards as well, and the big winner was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Award.

I didn’t see it. Sorry!

But I did travel to TIFF and take in a slew of memorable films, which I will now present special awards to for the sake of wrapping-up the fest. Some spoilers follow.

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Molly's Game Reviews

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and one of the movies we were most excited to hear about was the directorial debut of The Social Network and A Few Good Men writer Aaron Sorkin. If the reviews from the festival are any indicator, not only does Sorkin have another fantastic movie to add to his career, but Jessica Chastain can add another acclaimed performance to her résumé.

Molly’s Game follows a former Olympic skier who turned from the sudden end of her athletic career to a thriving business throwing poker games for Hollywood celebrities, business tycoons and plenty of exclusive high rollers. To find out what critics are saying about Aaron Sorkin’s first turn at directing his own script, read out round-up of Molly’s Game reviews below. Read More »

Molly's Game Review - Jessica Chastain

Aaron Sorkin has had some trouble when it comes to his female characters. It’s not that Sorkin has never written a good female character; he has – C.J. Cregg on The West Wing immediately springs to mind. But more often than not, Sorkin has a tendency to reduce women to roles in which their biggest character trait is how well they stand beside powerful, smart men.

So it’s interesting that for his directorial debut Molly’s Game, Sorkin chose to helm a feature about a woman. Perhaps the writer was issuing a challenge to his critics – “I’ll show you once and for all that I can tell a story about a strong female character without resorting to mansplaining.”
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Aaron Sorkin has a helluva story for his feature directorial debut. The writer behind The West WingThe Social Network, and Moneyball is telling another story of ambition and perseverance with Molly’s Game. Based on Molly Bloom’s fast-paced, high-stakes, and exceptionally entertaining memoir of the same name, Sorkin will show how she ran some of the most exclusive and lucrative underground poker games in Hollywood and New York.

Below, watch the first Molly’s Game trailer.

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Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In this edition, the joys of collecting Ghostbusters action figures, the trials of a new diet, the agonizing wait for Kingdom Hearts 3, an excellent book about Batman, an excellent book about L.A.’s poker scene (that Aaron Sorkin in making into a movie), and the harrowing joys of the video game Thumper.

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Ethan Anderton Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The first weekend of theatrical releases in 2017 arrives in just a couple days, but since it’s January, we’re still getting rollover from awards season mixed with garbage that doesn’t deserve a release date at any other time. So we’re already looking forward to some of the more exciting movie releases coming this year, and the movies that I’m looking forward to the most range from blockbuster sequels to movies from filmmakers who haven’t delivered a new film in a few years.

After the jump check out Ethan Anderson’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017. Read More »

Jessica Chastain Molly's Game

Over the course of his career, Aaron Sorkin has put his words in the mouths of some very talented actors, from Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) to Jeff Bridges (The Newsroom) to Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network). And now that he’s getting ready to make the leap from writing to directing, he’s got his eye on another world-class thespian. Jessica Chastain is being courted to lead Molly’s Game, based on a true-life story set in the world of high-stakes underground poker.  Read More »

Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin is the rare screenwriter whose work is as instantly recognizable as any auteur director’s. Steve Jobs was described as an Aaron Sorkin movie just as often, if not more, as it was a Danny Boyle movie. The distinct rat-a-tat patter of his dialogue has also been heard in films by the likes of David Fincher (The Social Network) and Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War).

But now Sorkin’s going to go from just writing movies, to directing them. The Oscar-winning scribe is preparing to make his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on Molly Bloom‘s memoir about her years running an underground poker ring that catered to the Hollywood elite.  Read More »

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Aaron Sorkin Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin recently said he was done writing for television, but his feature film writing career isn’t going anywhere. Danny Boyle is prepping to shoot Sorkin’s script about Steve Jobs, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. And now Sorkin is set to adapt another true-life story to the screen. This time he’ll tackle Molly Bloom‘s memoir Molly’s Game, which describes Bloom’s years running the most elite underground poker game in Los Angeles — and the inevitable FBI takedown of her operation. Read More »