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June 25, 2020

Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” a young-adult drama starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, is one of 50+ features TIFF will be screening at its 2020 edition Sept. 10-19, a dramatic reduction from the 245 features of the 2019 festival. (Photo courtesy of TIFF.)


May 29, 2020

This is the time of year when the Toronto International Film Festival normally begins its summer-long reveal of plans for its big cinema celebration in September.

This traditionally follows months of planning and screenings by TIFF officials, programmers and other staff...

March 6, 2020

Starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor and Ross Brewster. Written by Paul Laverty. Directed by Ken Loach. Opens March 6 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 102 minutes. 14A

(3 stars out of 4)

"Sorry We Missed You," the latest underclass testament from blue...

March 5, 2020

Starring Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino and Luana Bajrami. Written and directed by Céline Sciamma. Now playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 119 minutes. PG

(3.5 stars out of 4)

Green and red are the warmest colours.

This swoon-worthy romance by Céline Sc...

March 1, 2020

Starring Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Sun-kyun, Park So-dam, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin, Jung Hyeon-jun and Jung Ziso. Written by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. 133 minutes. 14A

(4 stars out of 4)

In his notes at Cannes for h...

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Movies I can't live without  


Toronto Star movie critic Peter Howell has written a book about his 25 favourite movies, with highly personal reviews from Apocalypse Now to The Wizard of Oz.  

Here's a sample of his review of 2001: A Space Odyssey, his all-time favourite film: 


It was billed as "the ultimate trip," and the hyperbole was justified, then as now.

Stanley Kubrick's space opus still seems like the future, 52 years after its release and 19 years after its significant title year. It never gets old and I never tire of seeing it, even after 50-plus viewings..."




01/22/15:  Sundance Film Festival begins


05/13/15:  Cannes Film Festival begins


09/04/15:  Toronto International Film Festival begins


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