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    TIFF 2019: First Reactions to Roger Michell’s ‘Blackbird’ Find Charm in a Delicate Narrative

    Toronto International Film Festival saw the premiere of Roger Michell’s latest “Blackbird,” a remake of the award-winning Danish drama, “Silent Heart.” First reactions are mixed, with some critics still finding the heart at the center of its delicate story. The film stars Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Lindsay Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Bex […] More

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    TIFF 2019: First Reactions Are In for Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

    Marielle Heller‘s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and it was received with open arms as critics are calling it “brilliant, tender and sweet.” The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. The synopsis reads: Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful […] More

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    TIFF 2019: First Reactions For ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Applaud a Dynamite Performance From Eddie Murphy

    According to first reactions out of Toronto International Film Festival, Eddie Murphy is triumphant in Craig Brewer‘s “Dolemite Is My Name.” Murphy, an Academy Award nominee for “Dreamgirls,” stars in this dramedy as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became […] More

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    TIFF 2019: World Premiere of ‘Just Mercy’ Receives Standing Ovation and Positive First Reactions, Jamie Foxx A Standout for Supporting Actor

    Destin Daniel Cretton‘s “Just Mercy“ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival Friday evening. At the conclusion of the screening, it received a standing ovation with critics calling it “tense, infuriating, moving.” Word from Toronto is that the film carries strong performances across the board, with some even buzzing about a push for Jamie Foxx’s second Oscar. […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: A New Twist On an Old Latin American Ghost Tale in Guatemala’s ‘La Llorona’

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: One cannot tell of the history or heritage of Latin Americans devoid of myth, spiritualism, and complex motherly figures. Nor can one do so, tragically, without confronting the realities of racism, genocide, classicism, and machismo. The new film from Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, “La Llorona,” swiftly touches upon these subjects in […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: Destin Daniel Cretton’s Stirring ‘Just Mercy’ Speaks Truth to Justice

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: When a director gets an inherently powerful story, it doesn’t take a herculean effort to make a film that will resonate with audiences. With “Just Mercy,” director Destin Daniel Cretton accomplishes just that. Channeling the classic legal dramas, Cretton delivers a genuine crowd-pleaser by trusting in the power of the […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: Faith and Teen Angst Vividly Collide in ‘Disco’ and ‘Hala’

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: If you delve into the various sections of the Toronto International Film Festival this year, you’ll find a number of films which explore issues surrounding religion and morality. In Special Presentations, you’ll find Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes“, which examines the tensions between the worldviews of a traditionalist and a […] More

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    TIFF 2019: First Reactions Are Calling ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield:’ “Delightful, Hilarious, Surreal”

    The 44th Toronto International Film Festival welcomed the world premiere of Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” starring Academy Award nominee Dev Patel (“Lion”) in an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. Attendees out of TIFF are calling the film “a delight,” “quirky” and “charming.” The official synopsis from TIFF reads: Born six […] More

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    Circuit Q&A: Which Fall Film Festival Has the Best Lineup?

    Fall and the official launch of awards season is upon us. The best, busiest time of the year for Hollywood, the next four months will see the premieres and reemergence of many high-profile awards contenders. Whether showcasing big debuts from accomplished auteurs that get all the publicity and headlines or shining a spotlight on emerging […] More

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    TIFF 2019: ‘The Aeronauts,’ ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky’ Added to Festival Lineup

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added more selections to the Galas, Special Presentations, Masters and Contemporary World Cinema slates. The festival unveiled the additions Tuesday morning, which include a roster of more high-profile features to the schedule. This includes Tom Harper’s period drama “The Aeronauts,” starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The […] More

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