Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity just isn’t the same on television. One might say this works to its detriment — “story is king,” I was reminded in film school as a professor lamented its bells & whistles — but if an artistic experience is designed for a specific environment, should it not be given the benefit of doubt? The enveloping sound of Cuarón’s 2013 space-thriller is dread-inducing, a precursor to the pulsating rebirth of hope within the heart of infinite darkness; in an age when even ostensibly “good” blockbusters feel produced by committee, Gravity was one of the last times a film simply had to be experienced in a cinema, in that it could not be experienced the same way outside it. It’s fitting, then, that Cuarón’s own Roma belongs in that sparsely populated category, albeit for different reasons.

Roma is a Netflix release, yes, but if the streaming giant’s theatrical rollout finds its way to your vicinity, you owe yourself the unique experience of sitting down in a seat in order to walk through someone else’s memory. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard or seen.

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Telluride has wrapped, Venice is heading towards its close and now the fall festival season spotlight moves towards Toronto. Known as “the people’s festival” for its accessibility of its robust programming slate to the public at large, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a cinema lover’s dream. It’s one of the few events with something for everyone, whether you want to see the star-studded premiere of a predestined awards darling, check out the latest work by a renowned international master filmmaker, discover an emerging voice in world cinema or explore projects that push the boundaries of the form.

/Film will be in attendance at TIFF reporting back on the good, the bad and the sublime movies we see. But for those who aren’t heading north of the border for the festival, you can curate an equally impressive slate of films at home to prepare yourself for the eventual release of these festival titles. Here are 10 films we’re getting excited to see in Toronto and what you can watch from the comfort of your couch in order to have a more informed frame of reference when the public conversation centers around these movies. (All streaming availability is accurate as of publication and subject to change.)

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Roma reviews

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is back with Roma, his first feature since he blew us away with 2013’s survival thriller Gravity. This new black and white movie set in the titular Mexico City suburb in the early 1970s is “a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil”, and critics are already calling it one of the best movies in Cuaron’s impressive filmography.

The first Roma reviews are in following the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere, and you can read some of the glowing reactions below. Read More »

netflix theatrical

A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.

However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.

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Roma Theatrical Release

Netflix doesn’t like to give the original movies destined for exclusivity in their streaming library a theatrical release. It defeats the purpose of making the movie available to watch so easily from the comfort of your own home. But Netflix also has several films on the horizon from high profile filmmakers whose work demands to be seen on the big screen, and we just might get that opportunity.

Apparently, there’s some chatter behind-the-scenes for the streaming service to make some exceptions when it comes to theatrically releasing Netflix original movies, starting with Alfonso Cuaron‘s highly anticipated Roma (watch the trailer). And he’s not the only filmmaker who might get the same treatment. Read More »

Roma Trailer

There’s a new Roma trailer, and it looks legitimately stunning. Said to be director Alfonso Cuarón‘s most personal work to date, Roma draws on the filmmaker’s own childhood to “create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.” Even if you have no idea what this movie is about, I promise you this trailer is going to take your breath away.

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roma trailer

Alfonso Cuaron gets personal in his upcoming film Roma, the Oscar-winning director’s first feature since 2013’s Gravity and his first film with Netflix. The Mexican filmmaker posted the first trailer on his Twitter, giving us an artful — if rather unexciting — first look at Cuaron’s ode to the women who shaped his childhood.

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