TIFF14 Wrap Up

People’s Choice Winners: People’s Choice Award: ‘The Imitation Game‘ 1st Runner Up: ‘Learning to Drive’ 2nd Runner Up: ‘St. Vincent’ Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see ‘St. Vincent’ at TIFF this year, but I’m counting down to its October 24th release date. I gave…

the drop

TIFF14 – Day 10

THE DROP ★★★ A Brooklyn bartender must contend with Chechen thugs who rule his cousin’s bar, while also dealing with a local thug who appears to want to make trouble for him in Michael R. Roskam’s ‘The Drop’. The cast includes…


TIFF14 – Day 9

THE GOOD LIE ★★★ In Philippe Falarduea’s ‘The Good Lie’, Reese Witherspoon’s character takes four refugees from the Sudanese civil war under her wing. The trailer itself is a good lie. Witherspoon is limited to a supporting role and doesn’t even…

the imitation game

TIFF14 – Day 8

THE IMITATION GAME ★★★ Morten Tyldum’s last film ‘Headhunters’ was on my list of the 10 Best Movies of 2012, so I was very much looking forward to his English-language debut ‘The Imitation Game’. Tyldum taps the right emotions in telling…

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Tattoo or Not to Tattoo – That Is the Question

Do you have any tattoos? If you do, you’re probably considering more – but if you don’t, it’s likely your head’s been turned at some point by a jaw dropping sliver of body art. Rather than being the preserve of…

maps to the stars

TIFF14 – Day 7

LEARNING TO DRIVE ★★★ Isabel Coixet’s ‘Learning to Drive’ follows a Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) who takes solace in her driving lessons with a Sikh instructor (Ben Kingsley) after her husband leaves her. I saw ‘Learning to Drive’ at 12:30 p.m….


TIFF14 – Day 6

FOXCATCHER ★★★1⁄2 Bennett Miller follows up on ‘Capote’ and ‘Moneyball’ with another biopic. Two brothers, both former Olympic wrestling champions (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) develop a fateful friendship with paranoid schizophrenic billionaire John duPont (Steve Carell. As Miller proved in…

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TIFF14 – Day 5

THE EQUALIZER ★★1⁄2 Denzel Washington teams with director Antoine Fuqua for the first time since 2001 (the two had worked on ‘Training Day’’ which also premiered at TIFF and Mr. Washington received the Oscar for his performance in that film). In…