TIFF 2014 Scenes: Sunday, Featuring Time Out of Mind and This Is Where I Leave You
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TIFF 2014 Scenes: Sunday, Featuring Time Out of Mind and This Is Where I Leave You

Simon Pegg signs a doll version of himself and Elizabeth Banks wears what appear to be drapes to close out the first weekend of TIFF.

With the biggest-ticket “prestige” films having already premiered, Sunday marked the annual shift of the Toronto International Film Festival from Important Films to that which composes the majority of its slate: “smart” but undeniably commercial fare (like Simon Pegg’s Hector and the Search for Happiness, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, and This Is Where I Leave You, starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman), prestige product films that don’t have quite the same star power as the big guns (Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Richard Gere’s Time Out of Mind, or Love & Mercy with John Cusack), and non-English films that have already been successful or that foreign studios think will be hugely successful (Samba, a French film premiering at TIFF, is a good example).

Naturally, not all of these films will be good simply because they’re at a film festival, but on Sunday, TIFF’s yearly conversation about film shifts from looking and gawking to actually watching. Which didn’t stop us from looking and gawking, of course.


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