Col Needham's Top 20 Toronto Picks for 2018by Col Needham | last updated - 4 months ago
I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb and these are the 20 movies which I am most looking forward to seeing at the Toronto International Film Festival which I attend from start to finish every year. The list is in alphabetical order as it hard enough to pick only 20, let alone rank them!
Note these are all movies which I have not seen before. My top recommendations from films which I have already seen at other festivals are Colette (2018), Cold War (2018) & 3 Faces (2018).
The scope of the festival and the quality makes it difficult to select 20 and these are all taken from my longer TIFF Interest List which contains over 100 movies and the festival is only 10 days long!
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1. Beautiful Boy (2018)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Votes: 13,135 | Gross: $7.62M
2. Burning (2018)
Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
Votes: 9,747 | Gross: $0.65M
3. Boy Erased (2018)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama
The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
Votes: 4,847 | Gross: $6.79M
5. First Man (2018)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Votes: 78,386 | Gross: $44.94M
6. The Front Runner (2018)
R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.
Votes: 1,754 | Gross: $2.00M
7. Hold the Dark (2018)
TV-MA | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.
8. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.
Votes: 4,345 | Gross: $7.94M
9. Life Itself (2018)
R | 117 min | Drama, Romance
As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
Votes: 5,567 | Gross: $4.10M
10. Mid90s (2018)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.
Votes: 10,546 | Gross: $7.36M
11. The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.
Votes: 13,172 | Gross: $11.25M
12. Out of Blue (2018)
110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.
17. Teen Spirit (2018)
92 min | Drama, Music
Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.
18. Vita & Virginia (2018)
110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.
19. Widows (2018)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Votes: 25,836 | Gross: $42.24M