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can’t walk down the street without running into pop-up mobs of star-gazers out front of Toronto’s swankiest hotels (okay, maybe even we cast a glance at
the entrance when passing hot spots like the Templar (Target) Hotel, the Drake Hotel, the SoHo, the Hyatt and Le Germain). Most bars have an
extended 4 a.m. license for the duration of the festival,
even if half the hopeful partiers find themselves standing outside Soho House hoping to spot one of the many A-listers coming and going.
Gosling, is it? Toronto’s film fest is known as an Academy Award barometer and is truly all about the films. Here are
the films we’re most excited about, or have seen and loved the most thus far:
features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis on a mission to kill his
future self. By all accounts, director Rian Johnson’s ability to blend genres and create something fresh and
interesting is at play again here and the result is both action-packed and
mentally stimulating. Jo-Go’s star is on the rise and, apparently, neither his
nor co-stars Willis and Emily Blunt’s performances disappoint.
collaboration of Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright (previously Atonement
and Pride & Prejudice), this film is a shoo-in for Academy nods. The trailer
alone attests to the film’s sumptuous settings and costume design and we are
excited to see Jude Law in the role of Alexei Karenin.
for the Wachowski siblings (previously brothers) behind The Matrix and Tom Tykwer, who have directed a movie of “epic”
proportions (according to TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey himself). The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle
Berry, Hugo Weaving and more with appearances from Susan Sarandon and Hugh
Directed by Martin McDonagh and boasting a star-studded cast, including Colin
Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits, we
can’t wait to see what happens following the theft of a ganster’s Shih Tzu…right?
Ben Affleck, is a movie about a fake movie made by the CIA in order to get six
stranded Americans out of Tehran. It promises to be filled with suspense and
sprinkled with humor. John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Barry Livingston support
and, darn it, Ben Affleck looks good with a beard.
more you should definitely check out: Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Rebelle, Laurence Anyways, The Master, Silver Linings Playbook, Hyde Park on Hudson,
Dredd 3D, Midnight’s Children, Inescapable, Stories We Tell and My Awkward Sexual Adventure starring Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire.