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The Best Movies from the 2016 Toronto Film Festival

Another TIFF has come and gone, which always leaves us wanting a little more, and lots of opinions about the best movies from one of the biggest film festivals in the world.

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The Toronto Film Festival has just ended and with it comes the scores of glowing reviews and buzz for people’s favorites. With awards season looming, TIFF is the place to go to show off some of the best movies of the years. But what is the best of the best?

5) Arrival

Amy Adams always seems to just pick the best roles then knock them out of the park. Teaming up with white-hot French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, they created a sci-fi film with a soul about a linguist expert who tries to communicate with aliens when dozens of massive space crafts arrive on earth.

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Arrival
  • [NR]

  • Nov 11, 2016

An expert linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by an elite military team to investigate whether mysterious spacecrafts have come in peace or are a threat. With the alien crafts landing all over the globe, mankind teeters on the verge of war as everyone searches for answers.


4) Jackie

No one will be surprised later this year when the Oscar nominations are announced and always beautiful Natalie Portman gets a nod for her portrayal of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Based on the events immediately following the assassination of her husband JFK, Jackie is a poignant film about a First Lady stepping up during one of the worst events in US history.

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Jackie
  • [NR]

  • Sep 11, 2016

After the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) deals with grief and trauma as she plans his funeral. As she mourns she struggles to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s legacy.


3) Snowden

Another film really gunning hard for the Oscars, but for good reason. Director Oliver Stone hasn’t released a film this politically charged in almost 20 years, and that fact alone is enough to create major buzz. But considering it’s based on the true story of CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, this one’s sure to be a controversial look at the important topic of privacy.

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Snowden
  • [R]

  • Sep 16, 2016

Snowden tells the true story of an American computer professional (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who publicly leaked classified information from the NSA. Based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.


2) Nocturnal Animals

The second Amy Adams film on this list, this time acting alongside fellow​heavyweights Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, she plays an art-gallery owner who’s ex-husband’s new manuscript haunts her about the decisions of her past. It’s an audacious noir-thriller that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Nocturnal Animals
  • [R]

  • Dec 9, 2016

A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript from her first husband (Michael Shannon), asking for her opinion. His manuscript is the story of a teacher who’s trip with his family turns into a nightmare, and as she reads she’s force to confront some dark truths.


1) La La Land

Ever since Whiplash we’ve all been waiting with bated breath to see what wunderkind director Damien Chazelle will do next. No big surprise it’s another movie in the music genre, and La La Land has been the biggest buzz on the festival circuit all year. A contemporary musical set in the 50’s about the relationship between a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone), this is a genre-busting film that leaves audiences smiling.

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La La Land
  • [NR]

  • Dec 16, 2016

A musical set in modern-day Los Angeles, La La Land is the story of a romantic relationship between a jazz pianist, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), and an actress, Mia (Emma Stone).


So that wraps up our list of the best movies from the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, now it’s time to look forward to the two other great Canadian film festivals: The Calgary International Film Festival, which starts this week and runs from September 23 to October 4, and The Vancouver International Film Festival, running around the same time from September 29 to October 14.

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