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TIFF Preview 2014

"The Toronto International Film Festival began on 8/31 and runs until 9/14"

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the World’s largest public film festival. Beginning in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals around the world, the TIFF has grown to more than 372 films watched by over 400,000 fans from around the globe. Considered by studios to be an ideal release vehicle for their Oscar contenders, TIFF features some of the best films of the year. With all of that in mind, we have decided to profile ten films from the two week long festival. The below films include some of the most highly touted of the year, but in no way serves as a “best of” list. Because the LIST is so huge, I have included an “honorable mention” selection at the bottom.



99 Homes
Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield

In order to save his own home, an unemployed construction worker (Garfield) teams up with a ruthless real estate agent (Shannon) whose job is foreclosing on the homes of others.



Directed by Bennett Miller
Starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum

Probably one of the most anticipated film of the year, Foxcatcher is the story of megalomaniac wrestling coach (Carrell) who assembles a team of US wrestlers in order to compete globally. In perhaps the best chance he will ever have at an Oscar, Tatum delivers an extremely powerful performance.



The Imitation Game
Directed by Morten Tyldum
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly

Another of the most anticipated films at this year’s TIFF is The Imitation Game that features rising star Benedict Cumberbatch as the famed British code breaker, Alan Turing during the Second World War. In what promises to be one of the major contenders at this year’s Academy Awards, Cumberbatch’s heartfelt portrayal of Turing is one that should not be missed.



Directed by David Gordon Green
Starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter

In what some are speculating as Pacino’s return-to-form, Manglehorn is the newest picture by the talented (although sometimes misguided) David Gordon Green. Pacino plays a small-town locksmith with an eccentric past, whose unrequited love has haunted him for 40 years.



Directed by Dan Gilroy
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

A loner and small time thief (Gyllenhaal) moves to LA where he struggles to survive. After discovering the underground world of crime scene photography, he is sucked into a dark and disturbing trade.



Pawn Sacrifice
Directed by Edward Zwick
Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber

Bobby Fischer’s (Maguire) harrowing chess match against Russian Grand Master Boris Spassky (Schreiber) is featured in this reality-based drama.



Directed by Jon Stewart
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

The real-life events behind Rosewater inspired comedy news anchor Jon Stewart to make his foray into film. Depicting the false imprisonment of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari under the guise that he was an international spy.



The Sound and the Fury
Directed by James Franco
Starring James Franco, John Hamm, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King

James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s Southern Gothic masterpiece of the same name. Detailing the dissolution of southern aristocratic family, the Compson’s.



St. Vincent
Directed by Theodore Melfi
Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Terrance Howard

One of my more light-hearted picks centers around a grumpy old conman (Murray) who takes to babysitting his twelve-year-old neighbor. Featuring the same old man, young boy dynamic as the Royal/Ari/Uzi Tenenbaum relationship in the popular Wes Anderson film, the teaming up of Murray and McCarthy promises some good laughs.



Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring Reese Witherspoon

Deciding to end her path of self-destruction, a woman finds herself backpacking across the Pacific Crest Trail. Forced in her isolation to reflect on her painful journey and descent into depravity, Reese Witherspoon promises the performance of her career in this powerful drama.


Other Films to watch out for:

Adult Beginners
Bang Bang Baby
Before We Go
Escobar: Paradise Lost
The Face of an Angel
Goodbye to Language 3D
Hector and the Search for Happiness
The Judge
Kill Me Three Times
A Little Chaos
Men Women and Children
Love and Mercy
Mr. Turner
Ned Rifle
The Theory of Everything
This is Where I Leave You
What We Do in The Shadows
While We’re Young

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