5 films with the biggest buzz out of TIFF

A Star is Born, photo credit: Clay Enos via WB Media Pass
A Star is Born, photo credit: Clay Enos via WB Media Pass /
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The Toronto International Film Festival is a launching pad for many films before an awards season run. Here are the five films with the most buzz coming out of TIFF.

The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) is underway and there have been plenty of high profile movies that have premiered so far. TIFF is a launching pad for films that go on to dominate awards season. Past films like La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Slumdog Millionaire all went on to win Oscars after TIFF.

Here are the five films with the most buzz coming out of TIFF.

A Star Is Born

With the way people reacted over the trailer, A Star Is Born already won the Oscar for Best Picture. Now that the movie has premiered, the hype is real. In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper remakes a movie that has already had three versions with the last one debuting in 1976 with Barbara Streisand.

In the 2018, Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, an aging singer-songwriter who discovers Ally (Lady Gaga), an unknown singer. As Jackson’s career fades, Ally’s begins to skyrocket, and a love story begins to develop. Critics have already praised Gaga’s performance and Cooper’s directing. A Star Is Born is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018.

Roma

The race for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars may be over thanks to Roma. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Roma depicts the hardships of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. The film has already been called a “masterpiece” and arguably Cuarón’s best work, which is a high compliment considering he directed Gravity. Only time will tell if any other foreign films stand out, but I wouldn’t bet against Roma winning come February. Roma is scheduled to be released in theaters and on Netflix on December 14, 2018.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

How do you follow up the little-indie-that-could in Moonlight? Well, you put out another movie that is just as critically acclaimed. That’s exactly what director Barry Jenkins has done with If Beale Street Could Talk.

Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, the film depicts an African-American woman who sets out to clear the name of her wrongly-convicted husband and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. Reviews from Toronto have described the film as “beautiful” with many knockout scenes. If Beale Street Could Talk is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 30, 2018.

Mid90s

Bradley Cooper is not the only actor stepping into the director’s chair for the first time. Jonah Hill presents his love letter to ’90s Los Angeles skate culture in Mid90s. The film follows 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic), who balances his difficult home life with a new group of skateboarding friends in mid-1990s Los Angeles.

After the film’s premiere at TIFF, Hill received a standing ovation, which is a sign of good things to come for the first-time director. Mid90s is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 19, 2018.

Widows

When a bank robbery goes wrong, the loved ones are left to deal with the consequences in Widows. In his first film since the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen presents his adaptation Widows, based on the 1983 ITV series of the same name.

When four bank robbers are killed in a failed heist, the widows (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo) of the robbers are left to clean up the mess and finish the job. With a strong cast, the word out of Toronto is that Widows is a fresh, compelling take on a heist-drama and will be a major player this awards season. Widows is set to be released in theaters on November 16, 2018.

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