Sep 18, 2016 By Jason Wilson

We’ve reached the finish line. There are screenings beyond the final Friday, and I’m sure I’ve missed some excellent pieces of cinema – it’s unavoidable with a slate as varied and massive as TIFF’s. All in all, it was a fantastic festival. And even if my final day didn’t reach the heights of other days, there wasn’t a poor film in the bunch, which is encouraging.  More

Sep 17, 2016 By Jason Wilson

Amy Adams is the heart pumping blood and soul into Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Without her, this could have been a complete fiasco. At the very least, it would not have worked nearly as well without her selling the conceit as strongly as she does. Under much scrutiny, I’m not convinced Arrival will hold up very well, but as a message-heavy sci-fi yarn, it’s not bad.  More

Sep 16, 2016 By Jason Wilson

I have realized it’s wrongheaded or shortsighted to create a schedule for a film festival before it even starts. Prior to the beginning of TIFF, three of the four movies I caught on Wednesday were nowhere near my radar.  More

Sep 15, 2016 By Jason Wilson

Through five days, I’ve seen several wonderful pieces of cinema that I know will be in my head come the end of the year, specifically Manchester by the Sea and Paterson the more I think of them. It was inevitable, then, that a day would come along where the best of the day was pretty decent and it promptly went downhill. Welcome to Day 6. More

Sep 14, 2016 By Jason Wilson

The magic of the movies, it’s why we become film buffs. It’s why fools like me will sit through four screenings a day for 10 days. I love film. More

Sep 13, 2016 By Jason Wilson

Day four at TIFF 16 featured four movies, each with a distinctly different mystery guiding the action, and they succeeded at varying levels. More

Sep 12, 2016 By Jason Wilson

One of the problems when generating instant reactions at film festivals, even more so than when considering a screening upon its theatrical release, is that there is less allowance for themes and ideas to truly sit and resonate. Possibly before a film’s purpose can fully crystallize, there is another screening and then another. This is not a complaint, but more an observation that kneejerk reactions are often not representative of full and fair assessment. More

Sep 11, 2016 By Jason Wilson Web Exclusive

The Madness crowd embraced it and it embraced Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, TIFF 16’s opening night entry into bonkers cinema. More

Sep 10, 2016 By Jason Wilson

Rain pounded Toronto on Wednesday and while clouds hovered in the sky above, further downpour mercifully held off as I ventured to my first screenings at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival. More