In town to promote her latest project, Alexander Payne’s highly anticipated “The Descendants,” actress Judy Greer traipses into the press-reserved seventh floor suite of San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton in towering platform heels, looking fresh-faced and chic in black skinnies, blouse and velvet blazer.
Adapted from Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel with a script co-written by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants” introduces Matt King (George Clooney), lawyer and heir to a sizeable Hawaiian land trust, as he copes with his comatose wife in the aftermath of a speedboat accident.
“The Rum Diary,” based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, stars Johnny Depp as an American writer whose self-imposed exile to Puerto Rico in 1960 falls short of his utopian dreams when he gets caught in the crossfire between the island’s local natives and greedy expatriates.
Writer-director Dee Rees’ powerful debut “Pariah” follows a Brooklyn teen trying to come to terms with her sexuality while dealing with her oppressive family as it teeters on the brink of collapse.
At an event like TIFF, the overwhelming amount of film showings makes it impossible to come even close to catching everything. We’re holding some reviews (like “50/50”, “The Ides of March”, “Like Crazy”, etc.) until their North American premiere date but here are our intrepid movie critic’s quick takes on a couple movies screened in Toronto.
The premise seems promising: high-strung pizza-boy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is living the loser life with his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) until a couple of redneck criminals-in-the-making strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank for them.
Though the film can be somewhat confusing because it’s quite compact, this reviewer found it cute, funny and recommendable.
It’s opening night of “Metamorphosis: Junior Year”, the play adaptation of Betsy Franco’s quirky young adult novel and what Lacey has spent the last six months of her life documenting on film.