Toronto Film Festival reviews


The swan

'The Swan': Goteborg Review

A nine year-old girl is sent to do penance on her aunt’s farm in Iceland’s northern far reaches

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'Montana': Haifa Review

A debut from Israel which is surprisingly light on its feet, given the weighty matters it addresses

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'Killing Jesus': Zurich Review

Part-based on a real-life story, Laura Mora’s directorial debut is also a snapshot of Medellín today

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'Good Favour': Review

Irish director Rebecca Daly’s third feature is set inside a sealed-off religious commune


'Marrowbone': Toronto Review

A young family share their home with a malevolent spirit in the atmospheric debut of screenwriter Sergio G Sanchez


'Kings': Toronto Review

Deniz Gamze Ergüven follows up ‘Mustang’ with this multi-stranded drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig

The Guardians

'The Guardians': Toronto Review

Slow-burning, potent period drama from the director of  ‘Of Gods And Men’

First they killed my father

'First They Killed My Father': Toronto Review

Angelina Jolie chronicles the rise of the Khmer Rouge in this sincere, if glum, Netflix drama.

Three Christs

'Three Christs': Toronto Review

Richard Gere is a psychiatric doctor for patients played by Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins and Bradley Whitford.

The wife

'The Wife': Toronto Review

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce star in an adaptation of the novel by Meg Wolitzer


'Euphoria': Toronto Review

Alicia Vikander and Eva Green headine Lisa Langseth’s first English-language production


'Hostiles': Toronto Review

A journey from New Mexico to Montana is at the heart of Scott Cooper’s brooding western.

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'Darkest Hour': Toronto Review

Gary Oldman gives a towering performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Second World war drama.

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'Roman J. Israel, Esq': Toronto Review

Denzel Washington stars in director Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to ‘Nightcrawler’

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'Kissing Candice': Toronto Review

Northern Ireland’s Aoife McArdle makes her feature film debut

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'Breathe': Toronto Review

Andy Serkis’ directorial debut tells the worthy real life story of responaut Robin Cavenish

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'Mom And Dad': Toronto Review

Down and dirty pulp pleasure with Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair

Seen and unseen

'The Seen And Unseen': Toronto Review

Kamila Andini’s Indonesia-set story of a broken bond between twins is softly reminiscent of the works of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Battle of the sexes

'Battle Of The Sexes': Toronto Review

Emma Stone takes on Steve Carell for this real-life story of the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973

Woman walks ahead

'Woman Walks Ahead': Toronto Review

A sturdy, well-crafted film about the final days of the Wild West starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes