Published Sep 09, 2011The Toronto International Film Festival rolls in this week, and we've reviewed some of the festival's most talked-about flicks. For those unable to attend TIFF, don't worry, there are some big names hitting the screen in wider releases too. Head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read all the highlights from this week, and here are just a few of the highlights.
Hitting major theatres this week is Contagion (pictured). With a star-studded cast including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwenyth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, this flick about a deadly worldwide epidemic will definitely draw the crowds. Gavin O'Connor-directed fight film The Warrior is also out this week, featuring Tom Hardy (with Nick Nolte for a dad) and Joel Joel Edgerton as boxing competitors returning to the ring out of necessity.
As for TIFF's early screenings, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive seems to be living up to the hype. Picking up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence and starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, with supporting roles from Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks to name a couple, viewers would be right to expect great performances. Read the full review to learn how Refn has created his own unique spin on the "revenge movie," and why we've named it "one of the best films of the year so far."
Another film grabbing an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence and making a good impression at TIFF is Norwegian action thriller Headhunters. An exhilarating film featuring an hour-long chase scene described as "surprising, disgusting and hilarious," this one is sure to entertain.
Bruce McDonald's Hardcore Logo 2 has also made an appearance at the festival. With the film being fuelled by self-reflexivity and focusing on the process of recording rock'n'roll -- as opposed to Hard Core Logo's tour documentation -- does the sequel lives up to McDonald's 1996 original?
Next up from TIFF is Marc Forster's tale about a convict-turned-Christian played by Gerard Butler in Machine Gun Preacher. After hitting rock bottom, Butler's character relocates to Sudan to help the starving children. Lars von Trier's latest Melancholia is also being shown in Toronto this week. It juxtaposes the anxiety of a bride (Kirsten Dunst) on her wedding day with the intense paranoia that her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) feels as a result of the impending world's end.
And finally, drawing parallels to Shakespeare's King Lear, The Eye of the Storm is a film about siblings coping with their mother's nearing death. The film stars Geoffrey Rush (a favourite at last year's festival) alongside Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis.
For these reviews of these new releases, TIFF highlights and more, visit our Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.