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TIFF Review: Maggie's Plan

September 15, 2015 18:27:48 Posted at September 15, 2015 18:27:48
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Julianne Moore has Freeheld and Maggie’s Plan at TIFF this year. Julianne and Ethan Hawke were shooting Maggie's Plan at a Brooklyn ice rink barely 36 hours after they were on the Oscar red carpet in February. That's an instant humbling, isn't it? To leave the Oscars, leave the gifting suites and the Vanity Fair parties to schlep home to Brooklyn, gear up for winter and skate with Greta Gerwig and child actors, on camera. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Born To Be Blue

September 15, 2015 17:16:16 Posted at September 15, 2015 17:16:16
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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More TIFF double duty. Ethan Hawke has two films at TIFF too: Maggie's Plan and Born to be Blue. Just as Boyhood was catching fire in November, Ethan was hanging out in church basements in Sudbury, Ontario channeling his inner Chet Baker. I was on set. Chet Baker's a pretty coveted role - Leo, River Phoenix (!), Ryan Reynolds (what?) and Brad Pitt are among those who have fought to play this part, or expressed an interest in it. Full Story

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Benicio is sexy

September 15, 2015 16:16:40 Posted at September 15, 2015 16:16:40
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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I never used to get it about Benicio Del Toro. You know my type. Charlie Hunnam, Liam Hemsworth… But then I saw Sicario. After Spotlight, it’s my favourite film of TIFF. Like Spotlight, it’s not an easy story. This is two hours of stress and anxiety. But worth it. So worth it. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Freeheld

September 15, 2015 15:45:48 Posted at September 15, 2015 15:45:48
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Ellen Page and her girlfriend Samantha Thomas made their red carpet debut at the world premiere of her movie Freeheld in Toronto on Sunday night. It's about the fight for equal rights in domestic partnerships, which eventually laid the groundwork for where we are now in the U. Full Story

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TIFF Review: Equals

September 15, 2015 15:25:08 Posted at September 15, 2015 15:25:08
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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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

September 15, 2015 14:18:52 Posted at September 15, 2015 14:18:52
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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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

September 15, 2015 13:28:07 Posted at September 15, 2015 13:28:07
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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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

September 15, 2015 13:11:13 Posted at September 15, 2015 13:11:13
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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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

September 15, 2015 12:55:53 Posted at September 15, 2015 12:55:53
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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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”

September 15, 2015 12:27:39 Posted at September 15, 2015 12:27:39
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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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

September 14, 2015 17:52:16 Posted at September 14, 2015 17:52:16
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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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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