Having seen many great films at both Telluride and Toronto, these are the best films that I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival which EXCLUDES the best films I saw at Telluride, which are:
The Shape of Water
The Darkest Hour
Battle of the Sexes
Check out the full article for the 5 Best Films of Telluride here.
This is a list of the Top 10 Best Films from the Toronto International Film Festival
Filled with humor and sharp writing, Suburbicon is a must see and one of the best Coen films in years. Matt Damon gives a stellar performance alongside Julianne Moore and Noah Jupe. It is easily the best dark comedy in years. This perfect little family will rock you to your core. Full review here.
Andy Serkis hits it out of the park with Breathe. Everything in the film works from start to finish. The visuals encapsulate the beauty of a sunset, the vastness of the placed they visited in Africa, and the smallest intimacies between Robin and Diana. Some people may label this film as “Oscar bait,” but I would disagree. The film works to demonstrate the beauty of the relationship between Robin and Diana but also to show them as the inspirations and change makers that they were. Breathe is a truly magnificent film that is a tribute to the enduring nature of love and the capacity we have for kindness and bettering the lives of others. Full review here.
What Stronger succeeds in doing is telling the human story behind a horrifying event and inspiring the audience with Jeff Bauman’s humanity, resilience, and spirit. Jake Gyllenhaal is spectacular alongside Tatiana Maslany, and the chemistry they have shines in this inspirational story. Stronger is a triumph and an emotional ride, leaving the audience with a greater appreciation for life and the everyday heroes, human as they may be. Full review here.
Unicorn Store is the film I never knew I needed but having seen, can’t imagine being without. The costumes, characters and sharp genuinely funny writing work to create a world that is whimsical, magical and joyous. Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut is a triumphant and enchanting film. Afterall, everyone needs a unicorn in their lives every once and a while. Full review here.
mother! is best seen with an open mind but be fully prepared for a totally unique and authentic experience. Mother! will leave you destroyed and slightly numb but it is certainly worth the price of admission. Full review here.
In the Fade is a truly incredible film with beautiful visuals, a deeply emotional and poignant story with a truly stunning cast. Diane Kruger easily earns her Cannes 2017 Best Actress Award. Fatih Akin has created a truly spectacular film that will leave you breathless. Full review here.
4. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Handling this topic with such care and consideration is what makes the film really shine. It is a love story at its core with intelligent characters and writing. The presentation of the relationship between William, Elizabeth, and Olive has a purity and beauty that was captured and shines throughout the film. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is spectacular, emotionally riveting, and a beautiful tribute to nonconventional love. Full review here.
Woman Walks Ahead is a beautiful film in every sense. Jessica Chastain once again solidifies her place as one of the best actresses of our generation. The stunning cinematography and storytelling create a totally unique experience in Woman Walks Ahead.
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The story of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is one that is relatable. We all sympathize with Mildred for her loss and feel her frustration in the film. The honest and blunt dialogue along with spectacular performances by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell make Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a must-see film. Full review here.
1. Molly’s Game
Molly’s Game is a sure bet for Oscar nominations this year. The writing, directing, and acting are the perfect mélange of drama, humor, and humility. Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut is a triumph and has solidified his place in Hollywood as one of the best writers of our time. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba give electrifying performances and make Molly’s Game one of the best films of the Toronto Film Festival. Full review here.