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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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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its choice for opening night film, as well as a host of other pictures that will play among the festival’s 300-plus films. As expected, a healthy few Cannes veterans are in the mix as well as a number of other films we’re excited to see. (Like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising, but not the Coen Bros. A Serious Man.)

Opening the fest is Jon Amiel‘s Creation, based on the life of Charles Darwin and starring real life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Darwin and his wife. (See our article on the trailer.) Based on the Randal Keynes biography of Darwin called Annie’s Box, the fest says the film is “part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story. Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.”

You can keep up with the film schedule here. The list of more films playing the fest, with descriptions as written by the festival, is after the break. Read More »