Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Images tell TIFF tales better than words

TORONTO -- A very little something to say about 15 of the movies viewed by the halfway mark of the 37th annual International Film Festival here:

All That Matters is Past  -- Strange tastes these Norwegians have.

Anna Karenina -- An exquisite film that just might bring home a slew of Oscar nominations.

Argo -- Strong, smart stuff from director Ben Affleck and a splendid ensemble.

Tom Hanks with Halle Berry in "Cloud Atlas."
Cloud Atlas -- It seems long even with four or five roles for Cleveland's own Halle Berry.

End of Watch -- A cut or two above any ordinary cop movie.

Hyde Park on the Hudson -- A nice, slight slice of life about a cripple, his mistress, his gay wife and a stutterer with an uppity bride.

The Iceman -- World-class actor Michael Shannon strikes again.

Imogene -- The co-directors of the Harvey Pekar story ("American Splendor") are back with some dark-tinged laughs for and mostly from Kristen Wiig.

The Impossible --  A mainstream powerhouse to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

The Master -- Really? REALLY?

The Place Beyond the Pines -- Epic storytelling from Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine").

Quartet -- First-time director Dustin Hoffman's impishness is written all over it.

The Sessions -- John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, et al. will have you feeling good about polio.

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. How many are "Psychopaths"?
Seven Psychopaths -- Terrific screenwriting and a cast that delivers the often hilarious goods.

To the Wonder -- A not-quite accessible love story from Terrence Malick. Maybe.

For more on the festival -- and movies -- check out Sun News.

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