The best and worst movies at TIFF 2018 so far
We're at the midway point of the Toronto International Film Festival and already the vast majority of the big players have come to town to hold their premieres.
There are still plenty of films to choose from, and with each title screening multiple times during the fest you may yet have an opportunity to catch some of these gems or make a different choice for others.
Here are what audiences are finding the best and worst of TIFF 2018 so far.
Hyperbole comes easy when describing Alfonso Cuarón’s latest - intimate, epic, sublime, it's a truly spectacular work that deserves to be seen on the big screen.
I was gifted with seeing this extraordinary film on the Cinesphere IMAX screen, and it's an experience I won't soon forget. Damien Chazelle's film about Neil Armstrong is big cinema at its best.
First Man - buttoned-down performances by Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Dir Chazelle goes for documentary-like verisimilitude. A POV of view of the space race with moments of grandeur and plenty of shake rattle and roll. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/IRtzIOemP3— Eli Glasner 🎥 (@glasneronfilm) September 11, 2018
Barry Jenkins had lots to live up to after his Oscar-winning Moonlight, and Beale is a film even more worthy of applause.
I don’t know if I will ever have the words to describe my feelings about If Beale Street Could Talk, but obviously it is amazing. If @BarryJenkins &co want to just put out an emotional, loving, film with some of the best shots, score, and performances that’d be great. #TIFF18— Cullen Atchley (@Clatchley) September 11, 2018
An exceptional debut by young filmmaker Jasmin Mozaffari, this film about two women wanting to escape their small town confines proves that Canadian indie cinema can truly compete on the world stage.
Firecrackers is a God damn jem and if I have to join the Canadian Academy of whatever to get it a CSA for best picture the that's what I'm going to do. #TIFF18— Tj Alston at #TIFF18 (@tjthemute) September 9, 2018
A Toronto Indie play turned into a fantastic work by veteran filmmaker Patricia Rozema, this look at the many facets of a grieving young women left audiences moved, myself included.
High hopes for Janus Metz and Sine Plambech's take on Thai women marrying in Denmark were more than exceeded ― this is one of the best non-fiction films of the year, full-stop.
I wanted to like Nicole Kidman in a heist movie, honest, but I really did not. Neither, it seems, did many others.
Destroyer - This is bad, really really bad. A derivative, bland, pathetic bad cop film that borrows too much from The Departed & Heat, not an ounce of originality. Everything is so fake - every character, every scene, every set, the horribly cliche score. It's so awful. #TIFF18— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) September 7, 2018
Praise has not been especially forthcoming for Dan Fogelman's drama.
Many are finding Alex Ross Perry's film to be stinky.
I *know* this is hyperbole, but there were moments during HER SMELL in which I felt that it was not just the worst film I’ve seen at TIFF *this* year, but the worst film I’ve seen at TIFF *any* year. Give me a few minutes and I’m sure I’ll say that’s a bit rash. #TIFF18— Christopher Schobert (@FilmSwoon) September 10, 2018
Emilio Estevez's film isn't getting much love from the public.
If Beale Street Could Talk
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