The Toronto International Film Festival is all set to begin this Thursday evening, and with it comes hundreds of films yet to be screened at your local theatre. It can be overwhelming trying to go through the list of films playing, and choosing which ones you want to see. Especially since you might not have heard of a lot of them before. Don’t worry though, we’ve made it easy, and picked our top 5 films you don’t want to miss this during TIFF2016.
La La Land – Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stones sing and dance their way through this film done in the style of a classic Hollywood musical. It’s quite the risk for a director who last brought us the 2014 hit Whiplash, which also made a stop at TIFF before earning Oscar nominations. It’s a love story about a jazz musician and a struggling actress both trying to make their way in Los Angeles.
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford might be known more as a fashion designer than a director, but after 2009’s A Single Man earned rave reviews, he started turning heads in making films as well. Amy Adam, Jake Gyllenhaal and Armie Hammer star in this thriller about a woman whose ex sends her a disturbing manuscript for his new novel. She takes the story as a threat and an attempt at revenge.
The Edge of Seventeen – Hailee Steinfeld has come a long way since her Oscar nominated role in True Grit. In The Edge of Seventeen she plays a high school student who is suffering a mid-life crisis when her best friend starts dating her older brother. This very easily could be the best comedy of the festival.
Manchester By the Sea – Casey Affleck is all ready earning rave reviews for his role as a broken man in this drama that premiered at Sundance. After his brother passes away, a Boston handyman finds that he is designated as his nephew’s guardian, a role he doesn’t feel he is ready for. This very emotionally draining drama will surprise you, and at times break up it’s bleakness with a bit of humor.
Arrival – Director Denis Villenueve continues to turns heads year in and year out at TIFF, and this year looks to be no different. This science fiction story follows a lunguist who is attempting to decipher an alien language in order to discover what a group of visiting space aliens intentions are. Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner star.