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Film

5 questions for Atom Egoyan about The Captive

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 19, 2014

The Captive MovieThe September 5th weekend was a good one for Atom Egoyan. Not only was a new digital restoration of his 1989 film, Speaking Parts, playing during the Toronto International Film Festival, but his latest film, The Captive, premiered across Canada to very healthy box-office figures. It was a happy turn of events for the director no doubt, considering that leading up to The Captive release much was made of the movie's mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, and many were openly curious about the movie's exclusion from the usually Egoyan-friendly TIFF.

I had the chance to catch-up with Atom Egoyan recently and ask him about The Captive's Cannes reviews, why the film didn't screen at TIFF, what it feels like to have two films playing in Toronto at the same time, and more.

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TIFF 2014 award winners

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 14, 2014

tiff award winnersThis year's TIFF 2014 award winners were announced this morning at the festival's annual brunch held at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

Curiosity was strong going into the awards announcements. Unlike in the past - with movies like 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook and The King's Speech - no clear front-runner for TIFF's ultimate prize, the Grolsch People's Choice Award, ever really emerged.

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The 5 worst movies at TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 13, 2014

tiff 2014Not everything at TIFF can be great. Given the volume of movies that appear at the festival, everything being good would be statistically impossible. You're always bound to see some duds, stinkers, and out right walk out worthy movies now and then. Naturally, this year was no exception. Here are the 5 worst films I saw at TIFF in 2014. (Two of which, disappointingly, came from my Top 10 most anticipated list no less)

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The best and worst things about TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 12, 2014

tiff 2014TIFF tends to generate a lot of talk about movies. Rightfully so. It is a film festival, after all. But as anyone who has ever attended knows, it's not just about the movies you see, but the experience around them that can really make or break your day-to-day festivaling. After all, if the experience didn't matter, we'd just wait for these movies to pop up on Netflix.

With that in mind then, here's a list of the good and bad things about TIFF this year that made it both a great and sometimes less than great experience.

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The top 50 movies at TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 12, 2014

tiff 2014TIFF may only happen for a short time every year, but movies of course don't just exist only for the time they play at the festival. Movies grow up (hopefully) to go on and do bigger and better things. With luck, many of the films that grace the screens of TIFF's auditoriums find their way to your local movie theatre or streaming device of choice over the next year or so. But with hundreds of movies appearing at the festival, it can be hard sometimes to know which movies were the best, and the ones worth keeping an eye out for.

View my picks of the top 50 movies that screened at TIFF 2014 in this photo gallery.

the equalizer movieThanks to the Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, for sponsoring our coverage of TIFF 2014.

What did I miss? Add your top TIFF movie picks to the comments.
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5 actors gaining serious Oscar buzz at TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / September 12, 2014

tiff 2014TIFF has an excellent track record for being the place many an Oscar winner is (not literally) born - especially actors. It's the place where buzz can be sparked and then go on to be kindled until it's roaring its way to Academy Award glory.

Not surprisingly then, more than a few actors appearing in TIFF films have seen the word "Oscar" associated with their performances. Here are five that may well find themselves serious contenders for that golden naked man statue in a few months.

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