- Category: Movie Reviews
- Written by Gilbert Seah
Beyond the Lights
Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
A rising young musician (Gugu Mbatha-Raw,Belle) falls into a passionate love affair with the cop assigned to protect her (Nate Parker), in this moving and inspirational romance from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball).
Sat. Sept. 6 | Winter Garden Theatre | 6PM
Sun. Sept. 7 | Scotiabank 12 | 8:30PM
Dir. Céline Sciammae
Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy) returns to the Festival with this raw, raucous but tender look at a group of black high school students living in the tough banlieues of Paris.
Tue. Sept. 9 | Scotiabank 2 | 8:45PM
Thu. Sept. 11 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 | 9AM
Sun. Sept. 14 | Scotiabank 3 | 9:30PM
Infinitely Polar Bear
Dir. Maya Forbes
A loving husband and father struggling with manic depression (Mark Ruffalo) is forced to raise his two young daughters on his own, in this moving and inspirational drama based on writer-director Maya Forbes' own childhood experiences.
Wed. Sept. 10 | Roy Thomson Hall | 6:30 PM
Thu. Sept. 11 | Winter Garden Theatre | 12:30PM
May Allah Bless France
Dir. Abd Al Malik
French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime-and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters with hip hop and religion.
Sat. Sept. 6 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 | 10:15PM
Mon. Sept. 8 | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | 4:15PM
Sat. Sept. 13 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 | 9:15PM
Dir. Szabolcs Hajdu
A mysterious wanderer (Isaach De Bankolé) settles into a strange homestead on the parched Hungarian plains populated by an odd assortment of outcasts, in this stunning, dreamlike reverie from ambitious director Szabolcs Hajdu.
Fri. Sept. 5 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 | 6:45PM
Sat. Sept. 6 | Isabel Bader Theatre | 1: 45PM
Wed. Sept. 10 | Scotiabank 8 | 9:15PM
Murder in Pacot
Dir. Raoul Peck
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, a middle-aged Port-au-Prince couple come face to face with the stark contradictions of Haitian society when they are forced to rent out their villa to a foreign aid worker and his enterprising local girlfriend.
Fri. Sept. 5 | Isabel Bader Theatre | 6PM
Sun. Sept. 7 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 | 10:45AM
Sun. Sept. 14 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 | 9:30AM
Dir. Dieudo Hamadi
Director Dieudo Hamadi follows a group of teenagers in his hometown of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose struggles to pass the state exam that is the key to their future are further complicated by their country's endemic culture of corruption.
Thu. Sept. 11 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 | 8:30PM
Fri. Sept. 12 | AGO Jackman Hall | 9AM
Sun. Sept. 14 | Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | 3:15PM
Dir. Debbie Tucker Green
A married, middle-class London couple (Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) are shocked when they seem to have been blessed — or cursed — with an immaculate conception, in the provocative second feature by award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green.
Sun. Sept. 7 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 | 9PM
Tue. Sept. 9 | Scotiabank 3 | 9:45PM
Sun. Sept. 14 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 | 6:45PM
Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako
Following the recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali, a proud cattle herder comes into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital, in this luminous, lyrical and poetic drama from the great African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.
Tue. Sept. 9 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 | 6:15PM
Fri. Sept. 12 | TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 | 2PM
Dir. Chris Rock
Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm and Michael Che. And featuring music by Questlove.
Sat. Sept. 6 | Princess of Wales | 10PM
Sun. Sept. 7 | Princess of Wales | 12PM
Sat. Sept. 13 | Ryerson Theatre | 9PM