Directed by: Ricky Staub. Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Lorraine Toussaint. Runtime: 1h 51 min. Released: This film premiered at TIFF as part of the Gala Presentations on Sept. 13, 2020. When picking the films I wanted to watch for this year’s TIFF, I picked Ricky Staub’s Concrete Cowboy because of Idris Elba. I’m glad [...]
A fictionalized night based on real events, this film hooks from its introductions. We see the characters doing what they do best – Clay fighting, Sam singing (at the Copacabana), Malcolm X speaking. Strangely, instead of playing football we meet Jim Brown on a porch speaking with a white benefactor called Mr. Carlton (Beau Bridges), where the banter is quick and the dialogue entertaining, as they speak to each other like old friends because of Jim’s fame. Then, Carlton drops a bomb, reminding Jim him that he is Black and Mr. Carlton is white. He says what he says so casually and with a laugh that it is shocking given the dynamic 15 seconds before.
Directed by: Roseanne Liang. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Belulah Koale. Runtime: 1h 23 min. Released: This film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2020. We all have specific kinds of films we love where as soon as you hear the premise, you’re sold on it; and that for me [...]
Directed by: Glendyn Ivin. Starring: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Rachel House. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film played at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2020. The Bloom family is tested after its matriarch, Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), falls off a roof during a vacation in Thailand. She breaks her back and [...]
Directed by: I-Fan Wang. Starring: Megan Lai, Bruce Hang, Chung-wang Wang. Runtime: 1h 36 min. Released: This film premiered as a part of the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2020. The set-up for Get the Hell Out is relatively simple, as its main action hero Hsiung Ying-Ying (Megan [...]