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Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' leads the Golden Globes race with 7 nominations — here's why you should see it

"The Shape of Water" by Guillermo del Toro led all Golden Globe nominees with seven. That could foreshadow a major Oscars run. We saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival and found it to be a moving monster love story. The latest...Show More Summary

I, Tonya Turns Tonya Harding From a Punchline Into a Sympathetic Character

Unprepared viewers went to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of I, Tonya expecting a white-trash take on I, Claudius, and came out dabbing at our tears, thinking, “Tonya was wronged!” That’s not exactly the movie’s take (no one person’s account is deemed wholly accurate) but Margot Robbie’s Tonya has ... More »

Watch the First Trailer for Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean on Pete’

Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete was one of the nicest surprises of last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival – not because it was great (Haigh’s films, which include Weekend and 45 Years, always are), but because it saw the decidedly urban-oriented filmmaker going rural, with equally moving results. Back at TIFF, yours truly called it […]

RLJE Imagines Killing Monsters, Acquires ‘I Kill Giants’!

RLJE has acquired the U.S. rights to the highly anticipated I Kill Giants, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to critical praise, Bloody Disgusting just learned.  Based on the acclaimed Man of Action graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura with a screenplay by Joe Kelly, the film was directed by Anders Walter, […]

Like You, Natalie Portman Just Wants To Party With The Stars Of Broad City

So it turns out that — much like you — Natalie Portman reads Vulture. But unlike you, reading Vulture is how she got to be friends with Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson. At an event related to the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, Portman disclosed her love of Broad City ... More »

‘Mom and Dad’ Turns Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair Into Maniacs

Straight out of the Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Momentum Pictures will release Mom and Dad in theaters and VOD platforms January 19, 2018, Bloody Disgusting learned. Brian Taylor directs the high concept film about a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of […]

‘The Crucifixion’ Possesses Home Video This December

One of my all-time favorite film festival experiences was seeing Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s) twice at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was a blast from the past, an action-packed gore-fest that was inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Show More Summary

Aaron Sorkin goes all in from the director's chair for 'Molly's Game'

Amid all the movies that distinguished themselves at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, perhaps no movie did so with words more than “Molly’s Game.” The film is a motormouth-y throwback, the kind that in the age of images and spectacle grooves to what movies once grooved to: well-crafted...

Suburbicon Is Schizoid, Sanctimonious Pulp

This review was originally published at the Toronto International Film Festival; it’s been since updated.By now, most of the world knows that George Clooney’s Suburbicon is a fusion of two different scripts, one by Clooney and his frequent collaborator, Grant Heslov, and the other by Joel and Ethan Coen. I ... More »

Here’s the First Trailer For Louis C.K.’s Extremely Well-Timed ‘I Love You, Daddy’

When I Love You, Daddy, Louis C.K.’s low-budget feature-length comedy (his first since 2001’s Pootie Tang) premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the reception was decidedly mixed, and for good reason – it’s a thinly-veiled meditation on his hero and Blue Jasmine collaborator Woody Allen, with C.K. as a high-powered television producer […]

The First Trailer for Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy Feels Particularly Icky Amid the Weinstein Fallout

In his assessment from the Toronto International Film Festival last month, Slate’s Sam Adams wrote, “I Love You, Daddy is likely to squick some people out whether or not they’re aware that [Louis] C.K. has himself been accused of nonconsensual sex acts. Show More Summary

Watch The Trailer For Louis C.K.'s Controversial New Film 'I Love You, Daddy'

Louis C.K. made headlines last month when it was announced that he had quietly directed his first movie in over 16 years, I Love You, Daddy. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to very mixed reviews, with some calling it a "boundary-pushing comedy about fatherhood" and others saying it's a "thinkpiece generator" and nothing more. [ more › ]

Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow

EXCLUSIVE: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. Show More Summary

Finally, a Movie About the Kinky Threesome That Inspired Wonder Woman 

This article was originally published during the Toronto International Film Festival. Spoilers below for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.Suffering Sappho! Wonder Woman was inspired by bondage fetishism, sadomasochism, and polyamory!?If...Show More Summary

‘The Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on Finding the Humor in Tragedy [Interview]

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : SlashFilm

At my screening of The Florida Project during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, director and co-writer Sean Baker directed a questioner to Google the film’s title to learn what it means. “It’s been harder […] to Google it since the film came out,” he admits. Show More Summary

‘Molly’s Game’ To Open Christmas Day Instead Of Thanksgiving Stretch

EXCLUSIVE: After garnering a 93% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score off its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut, Molly’s Game, is moving out of the crowded Thanksgiving corridor for a limited launch on Christmas Day. Originally the STX Entertainment release was expected to go wide on Nov. Show More Summary

‘Chappaquiddick’ Jumps Into Thanksgiving Stretch

After locking down John Curran’s Ted Kennedy political scandal pic Chappaquiddick with a $20M commitment at the Toronto International Film Festival, Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is quickly thrusting the movie into the awards landscape with a Wed. Show More Summary

Liam Neeson Pulls Back on Proposed Retirement from Action Movies

4 months agoEntertainment / Film : SlashFilm

Earlier this month, Liam Neeson indicated that his streak of action movies might be coming to an end. During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, the star of Taken, Unknown and The Grey said, “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff. Show More Summary

How to fix the Lightbox

4 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here's some free advice for resolving TIFF's ongoing identity crisis. You can feel it in the air: the knives are out for the Toronto International Film Festival. We all sensed it during the 2017 festival: the grumbling about Festival...Show More Summary

Demons Infest These ‘The Crucifixion’ Images [Exclusive]

One of my all-time favorite film festival experiences was seeing Xavier Gens’ Frontier(s) twice at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was a blast from the past, an action-packed gore-fest that was inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Show More Summary

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