TIFF ’19 list of Gala and Special Presentations and Raquel’s top ten picks from the first slate of announced films.
Bradley Cooper’s remake adds layers to the story. Cooper and Lady Gaga have great chemistry. Gaga shows real vulnerability. Stellar supporting cast
Colette is a superb character study exploring gender dynamics and politics within the confines of deeply entrenched double standards. The real life Colette challenged sexual norms while finding her agency. Her message of female empowerment is desperately needed today.
The Wedding Guest is a superbly crafted mystery with terrific performances. Winterbottom is such a versatile director.
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The Man Who Feels No Pain is a hip action movie with kick ass slow motion sequences, infectious music, and a lead actor who is poised for stardom.
Starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, Red Joan is a story of a British scientist turned KGB spy. Fairly old-fashioned period piece.
Classic movie lovers should be all over this one. Redford is charming as a gentleman bank robber. A sweet love story with Sissy Spacek. Funny and witty. A tribute to Redford’s career.
Essential viewing. 99 year old Ferencz, last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, has an important message from the past to deliver to the future.
A tender portrait of a single dad & his daughter. Also a quirky portrait of an artist who is borderline tormented.
A sweet little indie film. Grainger and Paquin are great. The bees add an almost fantastical element to the story. I hope it finds its audience.
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Captivating drama. Melissa McCarthy seamlessly embodies the unapologetic Lee Israel. Richard E. Grant is perfection as the shifty sidekick.
Argentine family drama about rich people with dark secrets. Takes several twists & turns. Borders on melodrama. At times absurd and humorous
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I discuss some of the 2018 TIFF gala and special presentation films that I’m excited about.