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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jul 15, 2019 at 17:18.

The 2017 Toronto International Film Fest has basically all the Oscar contenders

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/the-2017-toronto-international-film-fest-has-basically-1798264353" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The 2017 Toronto International Film Fest has basically all the Oscar contenders</a>

The Toronto International Film Fest is one of The A.V. Club’s favorites. It’s efficiently run, it doesn’t have the insanity of Cannes, and Canada’s a chill place to visit. Plus, it gets damn near every movie worth checking out in a given calendar year, it feels like. So we get excited when TIFF announces its lineup—and as Deadline reports, this year is no different, with just about every film...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 14, 2019.

Lady Gaga is as great as you’ve heard, even if the rest of A Star Is Born isn’t

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/lady-gaga-is-as-great-as-you-ve-heard-even-if-the-rest-1829014378" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Lady Gaga is as great as you’ve heard, even if the rest of <i>A Star Is Born </i>isn’t<em></em></a>

There’s one truly great, chills-inducing scene in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, the latest Hollywood remake of A Star Is Born (Grade: B). It’s the moment when all the pent-up crowdpleasing catharsis the movie has been withholding under its ramshackle, dive-bar minimalism comes erupting out of it like a geyser of feeling, and I confess to getting the exact shiver of pleasure the movie is...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 14, 2019.

Gael García Bernal on his 5 favorite locations to shoot, from Mexico City to Peru

Gael García Bernal on his 5 favorite locations to shoot, from Mexico City to Peru

Gael García Bernal is a Golden Globe-winning actor who has worked with some of the biggest filmmakers all around the world, including Michel Gondry, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. We asked the Mozart In The Jungle star to tell us his five favorite shooting locations.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Jul 13, 2019.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delight in La La Land

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/ryan-gosling-and-emma-stone-delight-in-la-la-land-1798251759" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delight in <i>La La Land</i></a>

Opening with a dance number set in a traffic jam and a gag lifted from The Girl Can’t Help It, La La Land (Grade: A- / B+) announces itself as a film both energized and limited by its commitment to movie musical tradition. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is a spectacular and bittersweet crowd-pleaser, but it’s sometimes more concerned with synthesizing lost Hollywood magic than with...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 12, 2019.

Allison Janney on how she psyched herself up to pretend to hit a little girl in I, Tonya

Allison Janney on how she psyched herself up to pretend to hit a little girl in I, Tonya

I, Tonya examines the life of former Olympian Tonya Harding leading up to the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in 1994, where her ex-husband hired a man to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Much of the film follows a young Harding, played by the talented McKenna Grace, and how Harding’s relationship with her abusive mother, played by Allison Janney, shaped her psyche. In the...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 10, 2019.

Blair Witch turns a modern horror classic into a jump-scare funhouse

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/blair-witch-turns-a-modern-horror-classic-into-a-jump-s-1798251703" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Blair Witch</i> turns a modern horror classic into a jump-scare funhouse</a>

If I could go back in time for the world premiere of one movie, I might choose The Blair Witch Project. It’s up there in the echelons of legendary film-festival screenings. Here was a no-budget, no-stars American horror movie that emerged from out of nowhere at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 1999. That first audience at that first screening had no idea of what to expect—and if the...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 10, 2019.

Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone hope their new film can help victims in abusive relationships

Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone hope their new film can help victims in abusive relationships

In their new film, Allure, Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone play the troubled 30-year-old Laura and the impressionable 16-year-old Eva, respectively. The pair of young women find each other while trying to escape—Eva from her uptight mother, and Laura from her abusive father. Unfortunately, the women’s relationship turns toxic and abusive, as Laura takes advantage of Eva’s emotional...

Katie Rife Katie Rife Jul 10, 2019.

Louis CK announces surprise new film, I Love You, Daddy

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/louis-ck-announces-surprise-new-film-i-love-you-daddy-1798265080" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Louis CK announces surprise new film,<i> I Love You, Daddy</i></a>

Surprise album drops are so common they’re not even surprises anymore, but pulling off a surprise movie is still pretty impressive. Entertainment Weekly reports that Louis CK has done just that with today’s announcement that I Love You, Daddy, a new movie shot “entirely in secret,” will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The movie was shot in black-and-white on...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 08, 2019.

Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone talk about the challenge of portraying abusive relationships

Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone talk about the challenge of portraying abusive relationships

In their new film, Allure, Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Sarah Stone play the troubled 30-year-old Laura and the impressionable 16-year-old Eva, respectively. The pair of young women find each other while trying to escape—Eva from her uptight mother, and Laura from her abusive father. Unfortunately, the women’s relationship turns toxic and abusive, as Laura takes advantage of Eva’s emotional...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 08, 2019.

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón returns to Earth for an intimate period-piece shot like an epic

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/gravity-director-alfonso-cuaron-returns-to-earth-for-an-1829003269" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Gravity</i> director Alfonso Cuarón returns to Earth for an intimate period-piece shot like an epic</a>

In the months to come, you’re going to be hearing a lot about Roma (Grade: A-). Alfonso Cuarón’s visually sumptuous, intimately epic (or is it epically intimate?) return to the Mexico City of his youth won the top prize at Venice a few days ago, just as the last movie from the director’s buddy and countryman, Guillermo del Toro, did almost exactly a year ago. And like The Shape Of Water, Roma...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 07, 2019.

Toronto lineup includes Ridley Scott’s The Martian, new Michael Moore polemic

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/toronto-lineup-includes-ridley-scott-s-the-martian-new-1798282328" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Toronto lineup includes Ridley Scott’s <i>The Martian, </i>new Michael Moore polemic</a>

Come the second Thursday of September, the city of Toronto will once again play host to a teeming mass of movie stars, movie fans, movie directors, movie critics, and people who just want to scream the names of that first group while jostling for a glimpse of them in their best eveningwear. Yes, the Toronto International Film Festival is once again imminent, and to whet everyone’s appetite,...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 05, 2019.

From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now al-Mansour’s following up her debut with Mary Shelley, the story of the world-famous novelist before she wrote Frankenstein. At the...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 03, 2019.

The stars of I Kill Giants on why making movies for girls matters

The stars of I Kill Giants on why making movies for girls matters

Writer Joe Kelly and illustrator Ken Niimura’s graphic novel I Kill Giants, a sprawling adventure about a loner kid named Barbara Thorson who retreats into a magical world to fight evil giants that may or may not all be in her head, is being adapted for the big screen. In the video above, stars Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, and Sydney Wade reflect on the importance of making movies for young...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 02, 2019.

How does a filmmaker get access to the White House?

How does a filmmaker get access to the White House?

For the documentary The Final Year, filmmaker Greg Barker followed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team as it attempted to shape international policy in the last year of his presidency. After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we spoke with Barker and two members of Obama’s foreign policy team—Samantha Power, former ambassador to the United Nations, and Ben...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 02, 2019.

Elle Fanning picks her 5 favorite movies of all time, from Scarface to Pulp Fiction

Elle Fanning picks her 5 favorite movies of all time, from Scarface to Pulp Fiction

Elle Fanning is one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars, having starred in films like Super 8, the Oscar-nominated 20th Century Women, and this year’s Mary Shelley as the eponymous author. In the video above, we asked Fanning to pick her five all-time favorite movies.

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jul 01, 2019.

Director Susanna White brought her love of Westerns to Woman Walks Ahead 

Director Susanna White brought her love of Westerns to Woman Walks Ahead 

Director Susanna White’s new film, Woman Walks Ahead, follows the relationship between famed warrior and holy man Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) and his confidant and portrait painter Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain). Set in the late 19th century, Woman Walks Ahead uses the dispossession of the Lakota people’s land in the Dakotas as a narrative backdrop. At the premiere, we spoke with...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jun 29, 2019.

The Carter Effect director Sean Menard on how Drake got involved with the project

The Carter Effect director Sean Menard on how Drake got involved with the project

Sean Menard calls his new documentary, The Carter Effect, a love letter to Toronto, one that examines how the culture in Canada’s biggest city was changed by the presence of the Toronto Raptors and NBA All-Star Vince Carter. In the video above, Menard tells us how he got de facto Toronto ambassador Drake to appear in the film.

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jun 26, 2019.

Evan Rachel Wood has never played a character like the one she plays in Allure

Evan Rachel Wood has never played a character like the one she plays in Allure

In her new film Allure, Evan Rachel Wood plays the troubled, slightly unlikable Laura, a 30-year-old housekeeper who takes advantage of the impressionable 16-year-old Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), who is trying to escape her uptight mother. Laura convinces Eva to flee and come live with her, but their relationship turns toxic and abusive as Laura’s emotional instability is revealed. For Wood, this...

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jun 26, 2019.

Suburbicon's bad guys on how they prepared for their roles

Suburbicon&#39;s bad guys on how they prepared for their roles

The new George Clooney-directed film Suburbicon takes place in an idyllic 1950s suburb where a family man (Matt Damon) hires two hitmen to stage a home invasion to get rid of his wife (Julianne Moore), but—shockingly—things go awry. In the video above, Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassell, who play the two hitmen, tell how they prepared for all their onscreen dirty deeds.

Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Jun 23, 2019.

Elle Fanning and the cast of Mary Shelley didn’t know much about the author before reading the script

Elle Fanning and the cast of Mary Shelley didn’t know much about the author before reading the script

Haifaa al-Mansour’s new film Mary Shelley tells the story of the world-famous novelist when she was know as Mary Godwin. Starring Elle Fanning as the eponymous author, the film begins when Godwin is just 18, and follows the events in her life that inspired her to write Frankenstein, including her relationship with Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth). At the...

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