Fest Report: Toronto International Film Festival - Day 4

What's catching our eye north of the border

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The Tropic Cinema’s S. Runi Goyal is at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are some of her highlights—keep an eye on the Tropic’s screens as these films get theatrical distribution!

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Day 4 at TIFF featured a high point of the festival, and my second encounter with Lucas Hedges.

Widows

World Premiere at TIFF
To be released on November 16

“Widows,” from director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave,” “Shame”), wowed audiences at TIFF. It’s easily one of the best films of the fest. The all-star roster is impressive, but Viola Davis steals the show in this heist. Even more impressive is the script. I can’t believe so many storylines was seamlessly brought together. I predict Oscar nominations for script, directing, and lead female actor.

Ben is Back

World Premiere at TIFF
To be released on December 7

Lucas Hedges doing double-duty at TIFF with “Boy Erased” and “Ben is Back,” the latter directed by his father and co-starring Julia Roberts. The story of drug addiction has been done before, and I expected more from this film. Julia Roberts is a convincing enough mother to get noticed for the Oscars.

The Hummingbird Project

To be released February 28, 2019

A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal. Salma Hayek was a joy to watch on screen, but I can’t say the same for Jesse Heisenberg.

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