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.
Aided by rising stars Mia Wasikowska as the title character opposite Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester, director (and Oakland native) Cary Fukunaga breathes new life into Charlotte Brontë’s coming-of-age classic “Jane Eyre.”
In “Biutiful” (2010), director Alejandro González Iñárritu proves masterful once again at capturing human drama, revisiting themes from his previous effort, the critically acclaimed “Babel” (2006), and eliciting a haunting performance from Javier Bardem as Uxbal, an underworld figure seeking redemption for himself as well as the recently departed.
Produced by “Avatar” auteur James Cameron, “Sanctum” is the tale of a team of dedicated explorers trapped in a cave, racing against the clock for their very survival.