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Mia Hansen-Løve (France, Special Presentations) Mia Hansen-Løve follows up on her tender, sharply observed Goodbye First Love with Eden, another personal film but a marked departure for the French filmmaker. Co-written with her brother Sven, whose formative years at ground zero for the electronic dance music scene in France are the film’s subject, Hansen-Løve’s newest […]

Historicist: The Mimico Mail Robbery

On a Saturday evening late in the winter of 1929, the yard at the Canadian National Railways station in Mimico was the scene of a crime ripped straight out of a gangster movie, complete with three well-dressed bandits armed with revolvers and salty language held up a mail truck, forcing the truck’s occupants at gunpoint […]

Paula Fletcher Seeks Re-Election in Toronto-Danforth

In 2010, Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto Danforth) edged out challenger Liz West to retain her downtown east seat, which she’s held since 2003. During the past four years, she’s experienced what she described to Torontoist in an interview last week as an “unprecedented” term under Mayor Rob Ford. “I don’t think anyone’s seen […]

Reel Toronto: Starship Invasions

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. Folks, […]

TIFF 2014: What We’d See, If We Were You

Take a look at the offerings for TIFF’s 39th annual kick at the can, and, if you’re the sort of person who vaguely follows film (or, no shaming here, celebrity) culture, you might notice some familiar titles: a Foxcatcher here, some Maps to the Stars there, with a healthy smattering of other Sundance, Cannes, Venice, […]

TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Gala Presentations

“Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” That’s TIFF’s curt and not especially illuminating introduction to its Gala Presentations programme, which is arguably better attended by autograph hunters parked outside Roy Thomson Hall than by paying audiences. Still, dig a little, and you’ll find a number of things worth seeing.

TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Special Presentations

Typically the bastion for holdovers from the main competition at Cannes and fresher awards hopefuls eager to hit the fall festival, this year’s Special Presentations lineup is no less starrier or pedigreed than usual.

Four Fresh Toronto Faces at TIFF 2014

With all the hype and hysteria that accompanies the arrival of even the most marginal celebrities at TIFF (and I say this as someone who still talks about seeing Sinbad jaywalk across Bloor Street in 1992) it’s easy to forget how significant the festival is to people in the local film scene. In short: it’s […]

TIFF Survival Guide: Getting Celebrities on Camera

To capture the magic and misdeeds of TIFF, photographers on the red carpet and paparazzi in the streets arm themselves with some of the most expensive and advanced camera equipment available. But for celebrity-stalking success, precision (read: expensive) lenses, high-powered flashes, and fast memory cards aren’t the only requirements. Knowledge, a dose of serendipity, and […]


Damien Chazelle (USA, Special Presentations) Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash made waves when it debuted earlier this year at Sundance, and despite its prickliness relative to the fest’s usual sunny hits, it’s not hard to see why. Starring Miles Teller as a jazz drum prodigy enrolled in a prestigious college music program and J.K. Simmons as his […]

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh (United Kingdom, Special Presentations) Timothy Spall deservedly nabbed the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his grunting, harumphing performance as famed English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s typically smart but uncharacteristically beautiful Mr. Turner. An underrated character actor, Spall shines in this rare lead turn, which humanizes the artist by representing […]


Bennett Miller (USA, Gala Presentations) Bennett Miller returns to true crime with Foxcatcher, based on the eerie true story of multimillionaire amateur sports patron John Du Pont’s toxic relationship with Olympic wrestlers and brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. Anyone who knows how the story ends will feel a knot in their stomach as the sponsorship […]