TIFF 2013by svenning123 | created - 12 Sep 2013 | updated - 16 Sep 2013 | Public
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1. All Cheerleaders Die (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror
A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.
Had some really good moments. Had the potential to be a good horror film. Unfortunately it didnt feel quite right. Kinda like the directors weren't really sure what they were doing. The story also felt unfocused and would have benefitted from a more direct and simple plot. I would have enjoyed it better if it had just been people being killed off one by one rather than the whole witchcraft thing. 5/10
2. Al midan (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Votes: 7,460 | Gross: $0.12M
Interesting subject matter wasn't enough to keep me fully engaged. The film felt a bit too repetitive and should have presented some of the elements in a different way to keep it feeling fresh. 5/10
3. Prisoners (2013)
R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.
Votes: 459,617 | Gross: $61.00M
Very engaging thriller/mystery. I went in expecting more of a drama but was pleasantly surprised that it didnt spend the bulk of the film focused on the emotion of loss. Solid performances from everyone. Fell short only in that there were certain story elements that felt that they were a bit over the top. Outside of those it had the based on a true story feel. 8/10
4. In Secret (2013)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,231 | Gross: $0.42M
I'm sure I've seen this same, or very similar, story several times. Thats not a bad thing as it still makes for a good film. Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange did a great job elevating the film with their performances. 7/10
5. The Double (2013)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.
Votes: 40,490 | Gross: $0.20M
Its hard to describe this film and hard to decide how I really feel about it. I'm sure it will disappoint more people than it'll satisfy. It reminded me a bit of Hudsucker Proxy in its style, however this one was darker visually. It was funny as you'd expect from any Richard Ayoade film. I was leaning towards an 8 until the last bit of the film where it slowed down a bit. The intro and q&a from Ayoade was a 10. 7/10
6. The Green Inferno (2013)
R | 100 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Votes: 28,981 | Gross: $7.19M
My first experience in a rush line was well worth it. Good horror film story with lots of nice gory kills. The acting was, if not great, appropriate to the genre. The humour that was mixed in was good except for the pot scene which was more dumb than funny. Happy to hear a sequel is being planned. 8/10
7. What If (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
Votes: 58,405 | Gross: $3.45M
Better than average romantic comedy thanks to the smart and funny script. It's too bad it turned out to be so typical as far as the storyline goes because it did hold it back a bit. I wasn't thrilled with Radcliff's performance and I'm sure most others could have done a better job. That being said they did have fairly good chemistry together. Zoe Kazan put in a good performance and somehow manages to be cute despite not really being such a cute actress. Overall the films big win is the loads of charm it has throughout. 8/10
8. Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Votes: 5,073 | Gross: $0.32M
Disappointing biopic about Jimi Hendrix as he was getting his start as a singer/lead musician. The fact that there was no Hendrix music in the film really hurt it. It made all the scenes of him performing feel very manufactured and made me question how authentic any of the rest of the films plot points were. If they couldn't get the rights for the music then the project should have just been abandoned. On top of that major issue, I was also turned off by the camera work. Alot of shaky and constantly in floating motion cameras. The leads performance was easily the best part of the film. 4/10
9. The Sacrament (2013)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A news team trails a man as he travels into the world of Eden Parish to find his missing sister, where it becomes apparent that this paradise may not be as it seems.
Votes: 13,905 | Gross: $0.01M
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. I was pleasantly surprised by everything except the camera work. I really hate how the POV and found footage style is taking over. Especially if I'm paying to see a movie in theatres, I expect to see something professionally made and not made to look amatuer. Thankfully the rest of the film made up for that. Good performances and an intriguing plot. 7/10
10. I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva (2013)
88 min | Drama
Antonis arrives in a hotel near the sea. It is winter, the hotel is closed and Antonis wanders alone. It seems to have all the time with him. Until television announced the disappearance of the famous journalist Antonis Paraskevas.
I can't say enough bad about this film. Every shot in the film was unnecessarily long. The style/acting was nothing special. There was hardly any dialogue. For only being 90 mins it felt exceedingly long. It might have worked as a 20 min short film. 2/10
11. Oculus (I) (2013)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery
A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Votes: 97,176 | Gross: $27.70M
Definitely one of the creepiest films I've seen in awhile. In addition to the creepiness it also had some of the best jump scares. Good performance and good layered story. 8/10
12. Devil's Knot (2013)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Great subject matter. Unfortunately most of the details of the case and the events after the conviction were completely left out. I would have rather seen this extended to a 3 hour film covering all aspects of the trials and outcomes. Knowing the story from the docs made it feel very like a very abrupt ending. Its funny to see that the level of hillbilly/redneck was taken down a notch to make it more believable. 6/10
13. Night Moves (2013)
R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.
Votes: 11,437 | Gross: $0.25M
Decent performances from Eisenberg and Fanning. Slow moving yet enjoyable story. More dialogue would have been nice to flesh out the characters and story while improving the pacing. 6/10
14. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.
Votes: 646,075 | Gross: $274.09M
It was hard to imagine where this movie would go based on the trailer. I was very happy with what they did with it. It went to all the right places. Bullock's performance was great. Clooneys was fine for what it was. The film was surprisingly emotional, had more action than expected and didn't let up for the entire runtime. Sure to be nominated for several oscars. 9/10
15. Metallica Through the Never (2013)
R | 93 min | Music
Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.
Votes: 14,569 | Gross: $3.42M
The concert footage made for a great concert film if that's what you are looking for. The real draw for me was that its a combination concert film and scripted narrative. The narrative part was really minimal and lacking in story. 5/10
16. Under the Skin (I) (2013)
R | 108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.
Votes: 100,011 | Gross: $2.61M
Thoroughly disappointing film. The story was very thin, the script was minimal and it was uneven stylistically. Scarlett Johansson's performance was fine. Her choice to do full frontal nudity for this film, while nice, is puzzling. I don't expect this film will do well with general audiences or critics. 3/10
17. The Grand Seduction (2013)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy
To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.
Votes: 13,178 | Gross: $3.41M
Don Mckellar doesn't disappoint with this extremely charming comedy. The cast was perfect, as was the script and setting. I may check out the original that this was based upon, however ill just as soon rewatch this one. 9/10
18. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
R | 89 min | Drama, Romance
Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
Same as with 'her', this is average on its own, but became much more interesting as you started to see the differences in perspective. I think it would have worked slightly better as 'him' then 'her' rather than this reverse order. It definitely would have worked better with a more complex story that involved some big reveals or solutions to the puzzle in the 2nd film. 7/10
On its own this would be an average relationship study type drama. Good performances from the lead and supporting cast. Paired with 'Him' it does take it to another level. 7/10
19. Siddharth (2013)
G | 96 min | Drama
A chain-wallah from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son, in the hopes that whoever took him, returns him unharmed.
Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.06M
I was starting to worry about the number of super emotional missing or dead children films/plot points I've seen so far this tiff. This one turned out to be really lacking in emotion. It had a good story that could easily have been heart wrenching. It didnt go that way and I think that hurt it a bit. Either way it was still entertaining and I was pleased with the ending. 6/10
20. How I Live Now (2013)
R | 101 min | Romance, Thriller, War
An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.
Votes: 24,020 | Gross: $0.06M
Had a very strong feeling of teen novel adaptation. Unrealistic love story and unnatural character development. It still managed to be entertaining despite these problems, thanks in no small part to the Ronin performance. 5/10
21. Mary Queen of Scots (2013)
119 min | Biography, Drama, History
A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.
I knew nothing of the story going into this, so that made everything new and interesting for me. At the same time the way the movie was put together I felt a few times that I was list for a few minutes after the story jumped forward. My only real complaint was the shaky camera scenes because they were completely unnecessary. 7/10
22. Blue Ruin (2013)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Votes: 52,318 | Gross: $0.26M
Very cool and yet simple revenge thriller. Several funny moments and just enough graphic bloody violence to keep it going. 8/10
23. Don Jon (2013)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
Votes: 205,024 | Gross: $24.48M
Very funny movie. Surprisingly good directing for a first try at directing from Levitt. Julianne Moores 2nd best film about porn. This is a comedy worth watching again...perhaps for movie day. On another note, Yet another film with someone who has lost a child. 9/10
24. Kaze tachinu (2013)
PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Votes: 52,663 | Gross: $5.21M
Not Miyazaki's best work, but a very solid offering. The story had more to it than the trailer led me to believe and it still had the Ghibli comedy touches as well. This isn't a Ghibli film that I'd watch over and over like most of the others even though it delivered on all levels. 8/10
25. The Husband (2013)
80 min | Comedy, Drama
A darkly comic drama about a man left to care for his infant son when his wife is imprisoned for cheating on him with a minor.
Strong film thanks mostly to the lead actors performance. Interesting subject matter that I've not seen done before. 8/10
26. Rigor Mortis (2013)
Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Horror
A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.
Good action scenes, but not enough of them. The parts between the action were slow and mostly uninteresting. 5/10
27. The Art of the Steal (2013)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist.
Votes: 20,639 | Gross: $0.06M
Entertaining heist film with some pretty bad performances by some well known actors. Nearly all of the twists could be predicted long before they happened. Nothing too special or surprising here, but every time I wanted not to like it, the fun of the heist drew me back in. This was very much not a tiff appropriate film though. Far too cookie cutter Hollywood. 6/10
28. Tian zhu ding (2013)
133 min | Drama
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Votes: 8,024 | Gross: $0.09M
Four unconnected stories. The first one was pretty good, then they just went downhill from there. The 4th was pretty much pointless. If there was a good connection or if they stories were intertwined throughout the film then it would have been better. 5/10
29. Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (2013)
127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.
While the story wasn't entirely unique, I did enjoy the story. The first problem was that the twist 'ending' became clear to me far too early in the film. After that 'ending' there were several more logical ending points followed by more and more ridiculous tag ons. The movie would have been better about 45 mins shorter and minus all the extra endings. 6/10
30. The Mayor (I) (2013)
9 min | Documentary, Short, Family
The Mayor is an intimate portrait of a small-town Southern Republican Mayor and his profound and unexpected connection to a mixed-status family of Mexican immigrants. Paul Bridges, the ... See full summary »
Interesting subject matter that has the potential to make a much better doc. It seems that it was all taken from one interview and various news footage. It would have been more interesting if they'd followed him around or if there were more interviews with other people about the mayor. Especially if they'd presented opposing views. At the same time I can understand why that didnt happen since everyone who disagrees with him seems to die suddenly. 6/10
31. Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Romance
A romantic comedy which tells the journey of three restless young people who junk society's syllabus for finding love and decide to follow their heart.
I was regretting selecting this film as I was worried I'd be bored by the 2.5 hour runtime. Thankfully I was entertained the whole way through. Good story, well played characters and some humour sprinkled in throughout. I found myself wishing there was more singing and dancing. There were only 2 scenes of this and both were the same song. I could see this getting a Hollywood remake with Jennifer Aniston or somebody like that. 7/10
32. Gam-si-ja-deul (2013)
119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers.
Wonderfully well executed Korean crime thriller. All the animal names made for lots of humorous moments. All the performances were spot on. The antagonist was strong and the protagonists were very likable and relatable. Another film that would be perfect for a Hollywood remake, not that it needs it though. 9/10
33. Proxy (I) (2013)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
The life of three parents who have all shared the loss of a child. Motives are not what they seem and sanity is in short supply in this thriller.
It's nice to see a film where you have no idea where its going. This is definitely one of those. I don't know if the psycho style music was meant to foreshadow what would happen or not, but I still didnt figure any of it out til it happened. The small roles in the film seemed to be filled by non actors, but thankfully all the leads were nicely done. Some very bloody scenes and some shocking moments might turn off some audiences. For me that only made it better. 8/10
34. Attila Marcel (2013)
G | 106 min | Comedy, Music
Paul is a sweet man-child, raised - and smothered - by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. (He ... See full summary »
The first live action film from Chomet doesn't match up to Triplets of Belleville, but is a bit better than the Illusionist. Sometimes felt like it was being quirky just for the sake of being quirky. Fun performances from everyone involved, but I felt the story was a bit lost in the fun and quirkiness which took away from the film overall. 6/10
35. Pionér (2013)
R | 111 min | Thriller
A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.
Votes: 4,160 | Gross: $0.01M
Interesting drama about the Norwegian oil industry. Kept a good pace and felt like several other political thrillers in the way it was structured. I went into the film knowing nothing about what happened. The film might not be as interesting for somebody who already knows what happened in real life. 7/10