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TIFF Review: Equals

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 15, 2015 15:25:08 September 15, 2015 15:25:08
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Drake Doremus’s previous feature films are all concerned with love, and in Equals, his latest feature, it’s no different except that this time he comes at notions of sex, intimacy, and love from the angle of a society that typically lives without those things. Set in a post-apocalyptic future in which people live in “the Collective”, a nightmare hive of emotionless drones who have their emotions “switched off” in their DNA, Equals follows two young lovers, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart). Full Story

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TIFF Review: Into The Forest

Joanna Posted by Joanna at September 15, 2015 14:18:52 September 15, 2015 14:18:52
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Into the Forest is the most insane movie I've seen in years, and I read the book. I knew what I was in for. Lainey did not. More on that soon. Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are sisters who love each other as much as they love to hate each other. Typical sibling rivalry stuff. Ellen's Nell wants to be a good student while Evan's Eva wants to be the best dancer she can be. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Spotlight

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 15, 2015 13:28:07 September 15, 2015 13:28:07
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Hands down the best movie I’ve seen at TIFF, Spotlight is a phenomenal film, absolutely pitch perfect from start to finish. This could be my whole review—this film is flawless and if it doesn’t affect you, then you are a monster. It will break your heart. It will make you so, SO angry. Full Story

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Rachel’s home Spotlight

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 15, 2015 13:11:13 September 15, 2015 13:11:13
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Sarah’s review for Spotlight will follow this post. Here we are focusing on Toronto’s own Rachel McAdams. But I begin with an article in the Globe & Mail, Canada’s newspaper of record, published yesterday about how Hollywood has affected the festival, specifically how the Hollywood marketing and publicity machine is sidelining Canadian journalists at TIFF in favour of the major American outlets. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Black Mass

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 15, 2015 12:55:53 September 15, 2015 12:55:53
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It’s not that Black Mass is bad—it’s too technically proficient to be called “bad”—it’s that it’s…cold. It is unengaging. Yes, Johnny Depp is very good as Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, but we’ve seen him do so many transformations at this point that there’s nothing special about this one. Full Story

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Johnny’s hairline…and “eye contact”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 15, 2015 12:27:39 September 15, 2015 12:27:39
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Black Mass premiered at TIFF last night. Sarah’s review is coming up. But first…because it’s Johnny Depp, and there’s been so much drama about Johnny and Amber in Toronto, we’re starting there. As I mentioned in my post yesterday – click here Full Story

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Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page’s plus ones

Joanna Posted by Joanna at September 14, 2015 17:52:16 September 14, 2015 17:52:16
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Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page play sisters in Into the Forest and spent the weekend in Toronto. Ellen, Evan and I are the same age. I've watched their careers closely and admire them both for speaking their mind, and standing up for women in Hollywood. Since Ellen has publicly revealed her sexuality and become an LGBTQ activist, you can see the difference it has had on her mental health. Full Story

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TIFF Review: I Saw The Light

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 16:01:53 September 14, 2015 16:01:53
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I had high hopes for the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, because Hank Williams’s life is inherently cinematic—gifted musician with a meteoric rise, tragic death, and a drama-ridden life in between—and also because Tom Hiddleston plays Williams. Hiddleston is a brilliant mimic and a good actor, a combination that makes him ideal for casting in biopics. Full Story

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Wet Tom Hardy

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 15:36:22 September 14, 2015 15:36:22
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It was pouring on Saturday night for the Legend premiere at TIFF. And the fans, they stood out there in the rain, waiting patiently for Tom Hardy. Meanwhile, I was under the red carpet awning, waiting impatiently for an interview. It didn’t happen. The film was supposed to start at 9:30pm. Full Story

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TIFF Review: About Ray

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 15:10:12 September 14, 2015 15:10:12
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I feel bad sh*tting on About Ray, but…I’m going to sh*t on it—it’s not very good. Starring Elle Fanning as transgender teen Ray and directed by Gaby Dellal (Looking), About Ray is more about everyone else talking about Ray than Ray himself. It’s a standard wacky family coming of age story, except the quirk is that Ray is transitioning from female to male, which sends his flighty mom into a panic as he needs both parents signatures before beginning the medical process of transitioning, and they haven’t seen or heard from Ray’s dad in a decade because of something his mother did. Full Story

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Jake & Dakota in Toronto

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 14:47:49 September 14, 2015 14:47:49
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Jake Gyllenhaal opened TIFF on Thursday. On Friday he was in New York participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald annual charity day. Last night however he was back in Toronto, hanging out at the Shangri-La lobby with his brother-in-law, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joel Edgerton who are here for Black Mass. Then Dakota Johnson came to join them. Full Story

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