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    Toronto Film Festival Sept. 5- Sept 15, 2019

    Toronto Film Festival Sept. 5- Sept 15, 2019

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    Honey Boy (Alma Har’el). 3/5 stars from Benjamin Lee for Guardian, it's a "modest" autobiographical tale from Shia LaBoeuf, who wrote and is one of the actors, playing his own abusive father. A wonderful child performance by Noah Jupe is included. See the TRAILER.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield (Armando Iannucci) got 4/5 from Guardian's Lee, who is pleased with Iannucci's "buoyant and incredibly funny crowd-pleaser." It's color-blind casting includes Dev Patel in the lead role, with Tilda Swinton. Eric Kohn of Indiewire was not so pleased, thinking this was Iannucci's "first mixed bag."

    Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire/Portrait d'une jeune fille en feu. A story said "everybody loves" this movie now at Toronto, but it was already a hit at Cannes (and will be in the NYFF Main Slate. Metascore now 93%. It comes out in France Wed. Sept. 18, and then we'll see how it scores with the Paris critics.

    Once Were Brothers (Daniel Roher) . The Toronto opening night film was this documentary about Robbie Robertson and The Band- with "sour notes and reckless self-mythologizing, stunning archival footage, enviable talking heads, and a queasy disregard for alternate opinions" - Indiewire, Kate Erland.

    Waves (Trey Edward Shults) (debuted at Telluride) 3/5 stars from Guardian's Benjamin Lee. The director previously made the female-meltdown drama Krisha and It Comes By Night, a two-layered horror movie. This features Kevin Harrison Jr. (of Luce, a movie I found contrived, but he's charismatic) as a high school student under growing pressure then shifts to a sweeter, quieter half about his sister, who falls for Lucas Hedges. Lee found the film split in two, but was impressed by Shults's aesthetic skills.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 09-14-2019 at 01:26 AM.


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