TIFF 2014 Shortlist

by parabola33 | created - 29 Jul 2014 | updated - 19 Aug 2014 | Public

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1. The Good Lie (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama

7.4
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65 Metascore

A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal

Votes: 23,247 | Gross: $2.72M

Maybe; will have wide release and probably over-schmaltzy. Director of Monsieur Lazhar.

2. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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44 Metascore

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver

Votes: 60,972 | Gross: $34.29M

Awesome cast and trailer was really good ... but will be widely released only days later.

3. Men, Women & Children (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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38 Metascore

A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner

Votes: 25,960 | Gross: $0.46M

Ok, in hindsight Labor Day was a bit of a letdown, so hopefully Jason Reitman will be back in form for this one. Not much detail to go on story-wise, but good cast.

4. The Keeping Room (2014)

R | 95 min | Drama, Western

6.0
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58 Metascore

Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three women must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, Muna Otaru

Votes: 4,835 | Gross: $0.03M

Interesting story premise; Brit Marling was good in Another Earth.

5. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 358,328 | Gross: $32.38M

Gyllenhaal has done some really great work lately, and the story sounds like it could be interesting. Directed by the writer of The Fall.

6. Foxcatcher (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.0
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81 Metascore

U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 118,851 | Gross: $12.10M

Director of Capote and Moneyball; great reviews out of Cannes. Intense trailer, looks like a great performance by Steve Carell.

7. Haemoo (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

A fishing-boat crew takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea.

Director: Sung-bo Shim | Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Yoo-chun Park, Ye-ri Han, Seong-kun Mun

Votes: 2,100

Maybe, not much to go on yet. Co-written by Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer).

8. Maps to the Stars (2014)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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67 Metascore

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack

Votes: 32,237 | Gross: $0.35M

Decent reviews from Cannes, but will be easy to see later on (certainly in Toronto).

9. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.0
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65 Metascore

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 30,657 | Gross: $2.44M

Maybe; tough to judge without a trailer. Subject matter has been covered in docs I've seen, might be interesting to see a dramatization (even if it is about chess). Has Canadian actress Evelyne Brochu.

10. The Riot Club (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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54 Metascore

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 17,918

Director of An Education; good trailer.

11. Samba (2014)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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53 Metascore

Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out. Both struggle... See full summary »

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | Stars: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin

Votes: 12,174 | Gross: $0.15M

Maybe; would like to see trailer. From directors and star of Les Intouchables (which I still need to see, but has awesome reviews).

12. Wild (I) (2014)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.1
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76 Metascore

A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 101,322 | Gross: $37.88M

Maybe, will have wide release later in year. Definitely looks like an Oscar-bait rollout, especially after last year's success of Dallas Buyer's Club by director Jean-Marc Vallee.

13. Loin des hommes (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, War, Western

7.2
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74 Metascore

Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

Director: David Oelhoffen | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin

Votes: 5,208

Maybe; Viggo Mortensen is usually promising.

14. Turist (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 36,313 | Gross: $1.36M

Good reviews out of Cannes; looks somewhat offbeat for a drama.

15. Good Kill (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.4
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63 Metascore

A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Fatima El Bahraouy

Votes: 19,279 | Gross: $0.32M

Writer/director of Gattaca and Lord of War ... could be another good project with Ethan Hawke.

16. Hungry Hearts (2014)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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48 Metascore

The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life or death circumstance.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell, Brandon Reiss

Votes: 3,331

Interesting to see Adam Driver in a less goofy role; described as part thriller.

17. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 562,011 | Gross: $91.13M

Director of The Headhunters; good cast; probably glosses over a lot of the interesting math. :p

18. The Prophet (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.

Directors: Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha | Stars: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski

Votes: 3,109 | Gross: $0.34M

Good reviews from Cannes

19. The Last Five Years (2014)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.9
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60 Metascore

A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Tamara Mintz, Cassandra Inman

Votes: 7,809 | Gross: $0.14M

Maybe; not familiar with the Broadway show, but this does have Anna Kendrick going for it.

20. Rosewater (2014)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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67 Metascore

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

Director: Jon Stewart | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer

Votes: 9,337 | Gross: $3.13M

21. En chance til (2014)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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35 Metascore

How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? With "A Second Chance", Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have crafted another ... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Roland Møller, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 4,147

Looks promising based on the trailer.

22. The Theory of Everything (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 318,974 | Gross: $35.89M

Hawking

23. While We're Young (2014)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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77 Metascore

A middle-aged couple's career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 37,192 | Gross: $7.57M

Writer/director of The Squid and the Whale; good cast.

24. Whiplash (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Music

8.5
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88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 524,210 | Gross: $13.09M

Good reviews from Sundance and Cannes, especially the performances of Simmons and Teller. Looks like a good mix of drama and humor.

25. [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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53 Metascore

An ill-fated television reporter is rescued and sent on a voyage across the ocean, but she is followed by the deadly virus that has plagued her and numerous others.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Héctor Colomé, Ismael Fritschi

Votes: 12,688 | Gross: $0.00M

Could be a good one for Midnight Madness. Part 3 was decent (but not great) and I still have to see the first two.

26. 1001 Gram (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

6.3
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65 Metascore

When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker, Hildegun Riise, Stein Winge

Votes: 1,144

Can always use a good offbeat Norwegian film; this director is known for a few.

27. Alléluia (2014)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Romance

6.2
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72 Metascore

Fervidly dark lovesick horror inspired by the real-life criminal duo, the Lonely Hearts Killers.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Héléna Noguerra, Édith Le Merdy

Votes: 2,022 | Gross: $0.01M

Director of Vinyan (creeped me out at TIFF '08); has some good critic reviews out of Cannes.

28. Big Game (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure

5.4
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53 Metascore

A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber

Votes: 25,619 | Gross: $0.02M

The outlandish premise and interesting cast.

29. Welp (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Horror

5.9
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49 Metascore

Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster...and he does.

Director: Jonas Govaerts | Stars: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts

Votes: 4,475

Maybe

30. Adieu au langage (2014)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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75 Metascore

A silent, surreal parallel between a couple and a dog.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevallier, Zoé Bruneau

Votes: 4,497

Maybe, only because I saw a bunch of early Godard earlier this year so it would be interesting to see something more recent. Unfortunately I wasn't a huge fan of what I saw ...

31. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Votes: 30,659 | Gross: $1.17M

32. I Am Here (III) (2014)

88 min | Documentary, Music

5.4
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It's a story about post-90 generation in China and how they chasing their dreams through a talent show. The summer of 2013 saw a group of young boys enter a Chinese TV talent show called ... See full summary »

Director: Lixin Fan

Votes: 27

Director of Last Train Home

33. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 154,817 | Gross: $14.67M

Another MM possibility; excellent reviews from Cannes.

34. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 38,232 | Gross: $1.09M

Best screenplay and excellent reviews from Cannes

35. Luna (I) (2014)

106 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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After losing their baby, Grant and Christine visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic sea-side house. Over a long week-end, secrets are revealed and the life of the dead child is lived out in a series of fantastic dreams.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas, Michael Maloney

Votes: 171

Looks like it could be a little plodding (be wary when described as "dreamlike"), but the trailer showed an interesting visual style.

36. Merchants of Doubt (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, Sam Roe

Votes: 3,076 | Gross: $0.19M

Director of Food, Inc

37. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

7.3
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89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,042 | Gross: $0.10M

While artwork isn't really my thing, there's no denying the National Gallery is an impressive place to visit. This look behind the scenes could be very interesting. Good reviews from Cannes.

38. Red Army (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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83 Metascore

The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Viacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks, Don Cherry

Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $0.69M

Definitely interested in the subject matter and great reviews form Cannes.

39. Musarañas (2014)

91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.7
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Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless ... See full summary »

Directors: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel | Stars: Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva, Luis Tosar

Votes: 4,607

It's in Vanguard and not MM, so it's probably slower than the trailer lets on. But still, looks to have good thriller potential.

40. Ma'a al-Fidda (2014)

92 min | Documentary, War

7.4
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A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.

Directors: Wiam Bedirxan, Ossama Mohammed

Votes: 247

Timely doc, sure to be bleak.

41. The Guest (I) (2014)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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76 Metascore

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, Joel David Moore

Votes: 75,420 | Gross: $0.32M

Writer/director combo of You're Next and A Horrible Way to die. Very good reviews out of Sundance.

42. This Is My Land (2014)

94 min | Documentary, History

6.4
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How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Arab and Jewish) education systems teach the history of their nations?

Director: Tamara Erde

Votes: 35

Another timely doc

43. Tusk (2014)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.4
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55 Metascore

A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez

Votes: 36,282 | Gross: $1.82M

44. Waste Land (2014)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

5.5
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When his wife gets pregnant unexpectedly, homicide detective Leo Woeste starts losing himself more and more while he tries to solve one last very bizarre case before his child is born.

Director: Pieter Van Hees | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Natali Broods, Babetida Sadjo, Peter Van den Begin

Votes: 192

Maybe, not much to go on but "bizarre" + "Vanguard" can be a good combo.

45. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 99,318 | Gross: $3.33M

Really good reviews from Sundance, is apparently hilarious.

46. The Face of an Angel (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

4.7
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37 Metascore

Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ava Acres, Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Anjella Mackintosh

Votes: 3,822

Maybe; Winterbottom can be hit-or-miss but often stylish.

47. Bang Bang Baby (2014)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

5.1
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A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare.

Director: Jeffrey St. Jules | Stars: Justin Chatwin, Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Kristian Bruun

Votes: 371

Possible Canadian pick; looks like an odd mashup of genres. Stars Jane Levy.

48. Elephant Song (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.6
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A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.

Director: Charles Binamé | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Catherine Keener, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 2,896

Canadian; good cast.

49. Heartbeat (I) (2014)

6.3
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After her boyfriend leaves town, Justine, depressed and unfulfilled, picks up her neglected guitar which takes her on a journey that gets her heart beating for the first time in years.

Director: Andrea Dorfman | Stars: Tanya Davis, Stephanie Clattenburg, Kristin Langille, Glen Matthews

Votes: 26

Maybe; Canadian; director of Love that Boy.

50. Mommy (I) (2014)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.1
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74 Metascore

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Patrick Huard

Votes: 37,296 | Gross: $3.49M

Maybe; will definitely be shown in Toronto soon and is a lock for Canada Top 10 given the Cannes reviews and prize.

51. Preggoland (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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45 Metascore

A thirty-five-year-old woman fakes being pregnant to fit in with her friends.

Director: Jacob Tierney | Stars: Laura Harris, Carrie Ruscheinsky, Denise Jones, Sonja Bennett

Votes: 599

Canadian; director of The Trotsky and Good Neighbors.

52. The Editor (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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A film editor gets embroiled in a string of murders.

Directors: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy | Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney

Votes: 1,845

Two birds with one stone: Canadian and MM

53. The Price We Pay (2014)

93 min | Documentary, News

7.5
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A documentary on the history and present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues by harboring profits in offshore havens.

Director: Harold Crooks

Votes: 148

Timely doc about corporate tax-avoidance; Canadian

54. Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-woong Jo, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 6,797

Looks like a good selection from City to City

55. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama

6.7
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78 Metascore

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 22,389 | Gross: $1.81M

Maybe; good reviews from Cannes.

56. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

Votes: 12,767 | Gross: $1.43M

Seems odd to be a gala, with only strong Sundance reviews but no details for wider release.

57. Kill Me Three Times (2014)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.9
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30 Metascore

Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth

Votes: 16,574 | Gross: $0.02M

Maybe, for Simon Pegg and dark comedy.

58. Laggies (2014)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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63 Metascore

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber

Votes: 35,569 | Gross: $0.44M

59. Madame Bovary (2014)

R | 118 min | Drama

5.7
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52 Metascore

Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 5,625

Maybe

60. Maggie (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Horror

5.6
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52 Metascore

A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.

Director: Henry Hobson | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette

Votes: 36,005 | Gross: $0.19M

61. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 2,429

Koechlin has been in some good films and I've seen her in some at TIFF films (That Girl in Yellow Boots, Trishna)

62. Gong fan (2014)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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On his way to high school, Huang witnesses the death of Chia, a teenager in their high school, along with Lin and Yeh, the other 2 students from their high school, whom Huang has never ... See full summary »

Director: Jung-chi Chang | Stars: Yu-Kai Teng, Yu-Ching Hung, Kai-Yuan Cheng, Oliver Chou

Votes: 190

Trailer makes it look like a good mystery thriller.

63. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Director: Matthew Warchus | Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Votes: 42,305

Looks pretty funny

64. Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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36 Metascore

Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Andrew Loo | Stars: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Ray Liotta

Votes: 3,145

Directors of Infernal Affairs

65. Shelter (I) (2014)

105 min | Drama

6.5
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43 Metascore

Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

Director: Paul Bettany | Stars: Adolfo Mendez-Nouel, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Hoffman, Teddy Cañez

Votes: 3,359

Interested to see directorial debut from Paul Bettany; Jennifer Connelly is overdue to be in something good.

66. The Cobbler (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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23 Metascore

A cobbler, bored of his everyday life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to become other people and see the world in a different way.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Adam Sandler, Melonie Diaz, Steve Buscemi, Method Man

Votes: 43,291

Director of The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win

67. Mita Tova (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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71 Metascore

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon | Stars: Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen, Ilan Dar

Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $0.17M

Maybe; the trailer and IMDB description are way more interesting than the TIFF description. Definitely dark comedy material.

68. Tokyo Fiancée (2014)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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A young Japanophile Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton, Alice de Lencquesaing

Votes: 1,600

69. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

7.4
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89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 38,079 | Gross: $1.44M

70. Welcome to Me (2014)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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69 Metascore

When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.

Director: Shira Piven | Stars: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley

Votes: 15,760 | Gross: $0.61M

Impressive cast

71. Who Am I - Kein System ist sicher (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage.

Director: Baran bo Odar | Stars: Tom Schilling, Elyas M'Barek, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Antoine Monot Jr.

Votes: 33,802

Pretty good trailer

72. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary

7.4
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The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,154

73. Teen Lust (2014)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Thriller

4.7
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An awkward high school student strives to lose his virginity before his parents and their Satanic cult can sacrifice him to the devil.

Director: Blaine Thurier | Stars: Jesse Carere, Daryl Sabara, Annie Clark, Jon Dore

Votes: 1,256

74. Jo-Eun-Chin-Goo-Deul (2014)

114 min | Thriller

6.6
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Three friendships turn sour due to a mishap. Their relationships with each other are forever changed.

Director: Do-yun Lee | Stars: Seong Ji, Ji-hun Ju, Kwang-soo Lee

Votes: 231

75. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 42,106 | Gross: $1.27M

76. Adult Beginners (2014)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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57 Metascore

A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Katz | Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale

Votes: 6,709 | Gross: $0.10M

77. Cut Bank (2014)

R | 93 min | Thriller

6.0
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44 Metascore

A young man's life is unraveled after witnessing a murder that he filmed in his rural town of Cut Bank.

Director: Matt Shakman | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Bruce Dern, John Malkovich, Joyce Robbins

Votes: 8,596

78. No soy Lorena (2014)

82 min | Drama, Thriller

5.5
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A case of mistaken identity becomes a living nightmare when a young actress finds herself relentlessly assailed by debt collectors, in this Kafkaesque fable for the information age.

Director: Isidora Marras | Stars: Loreto Aravena, Paulina García, Gabriela Aguilera, Maho Farías

Votes: 48

79. Magical Girl (2014)

127 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter's last wish, a ridiculously expensive collectors' costume from a Japanese TV series. The request will drive him into a journey within his city's dark underbelly.

Director: Carlos Vermut | Stars: José Sacristán, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes, Lucía Pollán

Votes: 4,156

80. Vonarstræti (2014)

129 min | Drama

7.4
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Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another. A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage. He divorces his wife after the death of... See full summary »

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson | Stars: Hera Hilmar, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Thor Kristjansson

Votes: 1,329

81. Oorlogsgeheimen (2014)

95 min | Drama, Family, History

7.1
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During WWII, the friendship of two boys is at risk when a girl tells a very personal secret to only one of them.

Director: Dennis Bots | Stars: Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers, Michael Nierse, Tonko Bossen

Votes: 1,427

82. St. Vincent (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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64 Metascore

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher

Votes: 84,024 | Gross: $44.13M

83. The 50 Year Argument (2014)

97 min | Documentary

6.7
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A documentary on the history and influence of the New York Review of Books.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi | Stars: Barbara Epstein, W.H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Stephen Jay Gould

Votes: 485

84. Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

7.8
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75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 3,819

Available for download

85. The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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46 Metascore

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director: Josh Lawson | Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany

Votes: 21,880 | Gross: $0.02M

86. The Sound and the Fury (2014)

101 min | Drama

4.8
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39 Metascore

A look at the trials and tribulations of the Compson family, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Loretta Devine

Votes: 614

87. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 24,544 | Gross: $1.51M

88. Plemya (2014)

Unrated | 126 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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78 Metascore

A deaf mute boy joins a boarding school for similar children. Confronted by the violent and criminal antics of some of the other boys and girls, he struggles to conform and join the 'tribe'.

Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi | Stars: Hryhoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Oleksandr Dsiadevych

Votes: 8,344 | Gross: $0.15M

89. The Voices (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.4
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58 Metascore

A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 42,731

90. The Years of Fierro (2013)

R | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.1
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The Years of Fierro tells the story of César Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States. César has waited for an execution date for more than 30 years, always ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Esteinou | Star: César Fierro

Votes: 9

91. Tigers (2014)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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Ayan, a pharmaceutical salesman in Pakistan, takes on the multinational health care corporation he works for after he realizes they knowingly marketed a baby formula that's responsible for the death of hundreds of babies everyday.

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Emraan Hashmi, Geetanjali Thapa, Danny Huston, Khalid Abdalla

Votes: 288

92. Kis Uykusu (2014)

Not Rated | 196 min | Drama

8.2
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88 Metascore

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.... See full summary »

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan

Votes: 30,658

93. A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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65 Metascore

A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Director: Morgan Matthews | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 23,197 | Gross: $0.14M