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Review: TIFF 2017 — Top 10 films we saw this year Special

We’ve taken some to reflect on the dozens of films seen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and composed a list of our favourites.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘The Captain’ is the unsettling story of an imposter Special

‘The Captain’ is the sharp portrayal of a young German soldier who turns his desertion into a personal blessing by assuming the role of a pitiless SS officer.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘Motorrad’ trails aren’t safe but no one knows why Special

‘Motorrad’ turns a leisurely bike ride through the trails into a potentially supernatural nightmare as a gang of anonymous bikers terrorize a group of young motorcyclists.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘Veronica’ is a typical possession movie with a twist Special

‘Veronica’ begins with a naïve attempt to contact a deceased loved one and ends with a potentially confirmed report of possession.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘Beast’ is in all of us Special

‘Beast’ is a modern-day fairy tale about an oppressed young woman who must determine if her lover is the hero or villain of her story.

Review: TIFF 2017: ‘The Lodgers’ cannot escape their unwelcome guests Special

‘The Lodgers’ is a chilling, gothic tale of co-dependent twins imprisoned by a family curse with its own song and curfew.

‘A Skyjacker’s Tale’ director mirrors own uncertainty on screen Special

We had a chance to talk to award-winning director Jamie Kastner about his latest documentary, ‘A Skyjacker’s Tale,’ which chronicles a significant miscarriage of justice but leaves audiences to decide against who.

Review: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ updates the Western for modern audiences Special

‘The Magnificent Seven’ remake is a Western at heart but action movie by definition, plausibly redefining the main characters and adding a lot of explosions.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘The Exception’ should be the rule in historical drama Special

‘The Exception’ is an incredibly engaging adaptation starring Christopher Plummer in a fictional account of the German Kaiser’s exile and re-acquaintance with the reigning powers during WWII.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘The Women’s Balcony’ has a great sense of humour Special

‘The Women’s Balcony’ is a humorous, feminist narrative about finding the right path to happiness and the subjectivity of righteousness.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘Raw’ is an intense depiction of growing up Special

The cannibalism in ‘Raw’ provides a commendably visceral representation of a reticent teenage girl’s experiences as a college freshman.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘The Belko Experiment’ is designed to ensure success Special

‘The Belko Experiment’ is an engaging thriller that takes audience into the centre of a trap designed to turn formerly amicable co-workers against each other in a ruthless fight for survival.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘Catfight’ wrestles its way to the comedic top Special

‘Catfight’ is a hilarious movie about two women who literally and repeatedly try to beat each other to death following a chance post-college reunion. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Review: Tastemakers Lounge provides brief but luxurious reprieve at TIFF Special

The annual Tastemakers Lounge is back at the Toronto International Film Festival, delivering a little leisure time amidst the chaos.

Obama talks down Hangzhou airport tiff

Hangzhou - The US and China have different values when it comes to media freedom, President Barack Obama said Sunday, playing down an airport dispute over his arrival that spiralled into suggestions of snubs and insults.

Review: Just for Laughs has a distinguished British accent Special

Just for Laughs provides equal opportunity to commonwealth countries with the “Brit(ish)” programme at this year’s comedy festival.

Review: VR POP is compelling study of empathy & real-world storytelling Special

TIFF’s second pop-up installation explores VR’s potential to put people in other people’s lives via a variety of storytelling styles.

Review: ‘Only Yesterday’ gets new audience with English-dub Special

‘Only Yesterday’ is marking the anniversary of the picturesque but lesser known animation with a new English-language version.

Review: ‘One Floor Below’ plays with audience expectations Special

‘One Floor Below’ takes a common, adrenaline-fuelled plot and turns it into a slow burning thriller in which the anxiety gradually increases until it reaches the boiling point.

Review: ‘Boy and the World’ is a sad, wondrous and vivid journey Special

‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.
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