Published Sep 30, 2011TIFF may have cleared out of Toronto, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of new films out across Canada this weekend. Head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews of the following highlights.
First up is Jonathan Levine's humorous take on cancer in the heartwarming and quirky 50/50 (pictured), which picked up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a 27-year-old diagnosed with cancer, the film explores his relationships with his best friend (Seth Rogen), girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) and mother (Anjelica Huston).
While 50/50 reaches beyond your basic comedy, What's Your Number? thrives within its romantic-comedy genre. Anna Faris plays Ally, a woman obsessed with finding a husband and finding him fast, though not in the most conventional sense. With help from her neighbour Colin (Chris Evans), she rifles through former mates in the hope one of them will be husband material.
Machine Gun Preacher, on the other hand, sees the transformation of Gerard Butler from a stripper and heroin-loving criminal to a devout Christian intent on saving Africa's children. Then there's Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, which attempts to interweave two stories of male repression, with the pieces coming together via elderly Mija's poetry class.
Switching up the pace a bit, A Matter of Taste: Serving up Paul Liebrandt is a documentary that spotlights the award-winning chef, known for his artful approach to food. The film covers a decade worth of footage, giving viewers a unique perspective on the pressures exerted by critics who can make or break careers in the food industry. And Gus Van Sant's latest effort Restless depicts a story of teenage love and loss, while managing to transcend cliches, partly thanks to a stand-out performance from Mia Wasikowska.
Alex de la Iglesia takes clown horror to a whole new level with The Last Circus, a gory, grotesque and beautiful film that starts off during the Spanish Civil War. Though not recommended for anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns), the dark humour and twisted plot of The Last Circus make it worthy of appreciation.
Finally, big names like Rob Lowe and Russell Peters appear in Breakaway, a film about 21-year-old Ravjeer Singh (Vinay Virmani), a young Sikh man, with dreams of making it big in hockey.
Read full reviews of these films, plus many more in our Recently Reviewed section this week.