The best and worst movies at TIFF 2016 so far
We're about halfway through TIFF, and that means over the course of dozens of screenings some movies have already risen above, and below, the pack. Audiences have started to weigh in on what movies will be remembered as the year's best, and what movies they wish they could get their time back for.
Here are the best and worst movies at TIFF 2016 so far.
Denis Villeneuve's latest finds earth hosting a possible alien invasion, and a linguist (Amy Adams) has to learn their language to determine if they come in peace or not.
ARRIVAL just floored me. Hauntingly nerdy, but also emotional & beautiful. Sci-fi fans will flip for this. In my top 5 of the year #tiff16— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 9, 2016
ARRIVAL: God I love this movie. Thrilling, emotional, ingenious, beautiful. This is what I'm here for. #TIFF16— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) September 9, 2016
I walked out of Arrival in a bit of a daze; that's how good it was. It was Interstellar-esque & it's my fave film I've seen so far #TIFF16— Amelia Howell (@cinemeIia) September 9, 2016
An ambitious career woman working in Bucharest finds herself the victim of a surprise visit from her prankster father.
I didn't know what exactly to expect from a highly buzzed about 3 hour long German comedy. But boy did Toni Erdmann deliver. #TIFF16— Nicky Odujirin (@NickyOdujirin) September 9, 2016
TONI ERDMANN: The best movie of the festival and the year. #tiff16— ØªÛŒÙ†Ø§ (@tinahassannia) September 8, 2016
Manchester By the Sea
When Lee's (Casey Affleck) brother, Joe, dies and names him the guardian of his son, Lee has to come to term with his new responsibilities, as well as the past that haunts him as he returns to his hometown.
Deeply, deeply grateful for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Hard to start #TIFF16 with the bar set so high.— Grace Wang (@etherielmusings) September 8, 2016
Manchester by the Sea is so so so good. Casey Affleck deserves the Oscar. Should I give up now and end on a high note?!? #TIFF16— Lauren Grant (@laurenmgrant) September 8, 2016
A look at a young black man in Florida, coming to terms with growing up, his sexuality, and the challenging environments he is born into and wants to escape.
MOONLIGHT: jenkins goes for the fleeting touches, feelings, details, and the power they have to create & destroy us. truly stunning. #TIFF16— josh lewis (@thejoshl) September 11, 2016
I'm still feeling my feelings about MOONLIGHT. So exquisitely crafted. Best film I've seen at #TIFF16 yet.— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) September 11, 2016
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
A young Canadian poet gets invited to a festival in Iran, and ends up learning not just a lot about the craft she's committed to (her own and Iranian poetry) but about her own history and life as well.
First #TIFF16 film to trigger gentle tears was Ann Marie Fleming's Window Horses. I wanted so much to have a film like this when I was a kid— J. Lam (@zengarden17) September 11, 2016
Versatile Canadian director Bruce McDonald tackles a road movie, with this story about two East Coast teens in the 1970s who hit the pavement along with the help of, yes really, the ghost of Andy Warhol.
The real story about a young Indian boy who is separated from his family, is adopted by Australian parents, and eventually uses Google Earth to try and find his way back home and to his birth mother.
Still thinking about last night's Lion premiere. An extraordinary (true) story of one boy's search for home. You must see it! #TIFF16— Ashley C. Bartlett (@QuaintrelleByAB) September 11, 2016
An adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an all-American couple in the 1960s whose daughter turns to rebellion which begins to tear the family apart.
AMERICAN PASTORAL is the most tone-deaf movie I've seen in a long time. #TIFF16— Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) September 10, 2016
American Pastoral: Beautiful direction by Ewan McGregor, but the film loses what little momentum it has well before the halfway mark #TIFF16— Amelia Howell (@cinemeIia) September 10, 2016
A psychiatrist seeks revenge on a man who murdered her brother by turning the killer into a woman - one who then looks to exact her own revenge.
(Re)Assignment: easily the worst of the fest so far. If you're looking for a Walter Hill film, stay far away. #TIFF16— Z. W. Lewis (@zeewillew) September 11, 2016
The old Walter Hill of THE DRIVER would have red-penned 90% of the dialogue of (re)ASSIGNMENT and dumped it on a rookie. Disaster. #TIFF16— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) September 11, 2016
The Michelle Rodriguez sex-change thriller (RE)ASSIGNMENT may be 2016's biggest what-were-they-thinking fiasco. Holy moly. #TIFF16— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) September 11, 2016
The story of a photographer who witnesses a terrible crime, and gets involved in a case that may involve the supernatural.
INTERCHANGE: Among the most purely inept films I've ever seen, like D-WARS without the funny bits. #TIFF16— Max B. O'Connell (@thefilmtemple) September 11, 2016
#TIFF16: 'Interchange' is a real tedious watch. Plot feels like a Malaysian in-joke. Contrived performances and a terrible CGI were-toucan.— Dan Poorman (@Dan_Poorman) September 11, 2016
INTERCHANGE: Feels like the guy who made Birdemic somehow got reasonable funding to hire a semi-competent production team. #TIFF16— James at #TIFF16 (@JamesEditsFilms) September 10, 2016
What have been the best and worst movies you've seen so far at TIFF 2016? Let us know in the comments.
Film stills from Arrival and American Pastoral
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