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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “The Wonder” & “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Posted September 20, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  THE WONDER (Netflix – November 16):  In the time of Ireland’s Great Famine, 11-year-old Anna (Kila Lord Cassidy) claims to have survived for 4 months without eating even one bite of food.  Is she a miracle, possibly a saint in the making, or a sham?  The elders of her small town have the girl […]

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Toronto Film Festival Review: “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”

Posted September 19, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER (Apple – September 30):  Peter Farrelly’s Green Book was one of the clearest beneficiaries of winning Toronto’s People Choice Award, vaulting from being entirely under the awards radar to a (somewhat divisive) Oscar for Best Picture a few months later.  No doubt the premiere of his follow-up The Greatest […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Women Talking” & “Saint Omer”

Posted September 19, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  WOMEN TALKING (UA/MGM/Amazon – December 9):  In an insular Mennonite community, the woman have always believed what the men told them, that when they awake to discover evidence of sexual assault and thereafter sometimes pregnancy, those were the result of attacks by evil spirits and ghosts.  When the story of Women Talking begins, they’ve […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Empire of Light” & “Triangle of Sadness”

Posted September 19, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  EMPIRE OF LIGHT (Searchlight/Disney – December 9):  Sam Mendes takes the first solo screenwriting credit of his long career on Empire of Light, a personal film inspired by his youth and his mother.  The story is centered around the seaside Empire movie theater, a once-grand palace that by the early 1980s has seen better […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “The Banshees of Inisherin” & “The Son”

Posted September 18, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (Searchlight/Disney – October 21):  After a sojourn in America with 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh returns to Ireland with the comic tragedy (or vice versa) The Banshees of Inisherin.  The setting is an island off the Irish coast in the 1920s, where Padraic (Colin Farrell) […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Glass Onion” & “Pearl”

Posted September 18, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  GLASS ONION (Netflix – November 4 in theaters, December 23 online):  After Rian Johnson’s Knives Out broke through to become one of the increasingly few non-IP-based mainstream hits in the market ($311.6M worldwide), Netflix moved aggressively to buy out the franchise, reportedly paying $450M for the next 2 crime-solving adventures of detective Benoit Blanc […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “The Whale” & “Chevalier”

Posted September 17, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  THE WHALE (A24 – December 9):  The fall film festivals usher in awards season, and no performance this year screams “Oscar bait” more than Brendan Fraser’s in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale.  That’s not a knock on Fraser’s work, which is sensitive and moving, just a recognition that the attention of an Academy voter will […]

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Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “The Good Nurse” & “My Policeman”

Posted September 17, 2022 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOOD NURSE (Netflix – Oct. 26):  An unusually serious thriller about a serial killer.  Tobias Lindholm’s film, from a script by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (who wrote 1917 and  Last Night In Soho) and based on a book by Charles Graeber that recounted a true story, has a deliberately ambiguous title.  It seems at first […]

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