I’m back in London from the Toronto Film Festival 2017. I saw 36 films. My top 5 favourites:
D: Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria).
S: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola.
More emotionally satisfying and complex than CAROL. Bravo to director Lelio's second quality project of 2017.
I, TONYA ★★★★½
D: Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours, Million Dollar Arm, Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl).
S: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Mckenna Grace, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale.
Funny and tragic. Fourth wall breaking and energetic. Margot Robbie and Allison Janney are on fire.
THE CAPTAIN (Der Hauptmann) ★★★★★
D: Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, R.I.P.D., Red, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Flightplan).
S: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau.
A Nazi deserter kills dozens of other Nazis to survive. Visceral, brutal, allegorical. Expertly crafted.
THE CURRENT WAR ★★★★★
D: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Town That Dreaded Sundown).
S: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen.
My favourite film of 2017 so far. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY meets THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Dynamic presentation of genius.
THE MOTIVE (El Autor) ★★★★½
D: Manuel Martín Cuenca.
S: Javier Gutiérrez, María León, Adelfa Calvo, Adriana Paz, Tenoch Huerta, Rafael Tellez, Antonio de la Torre.
Segues seamlessly from comedy to dark drama to comedy. A blocked writer causes havoc searching for his story.
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