The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 8-18) brought some absolute duds but some immense highlights, many of which will be the ones people talk about through the year’s end.
To its credit, this “Magnificent Seven” moves quickly enough and it is visually stylistic and crisp, but the whole time I just couldn’t stop thinking about Ford, Leone, Kurosawa, Peckinpah and John Sturges – director of the “Magnificent Seven” from 1960.
Marcin Wrona’s soft-horror thinker “Demon” unfurls a competent and moody bit of filmmaking, which becomes just as much about the dynamics of the society it’s set against as it is about a supernatural incursion.
NorthAmericana Festival; Curious George’s 75th Birthday Bash; “Politics and Red Tape: Stories of Jumping Through Hoops”; free “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screening; and 13th Annual Revels RiverSing.
For the Stoned faithful, there’s good news: “Snowden” marks something of a comeback, a return to the realm of political and historical dramatization that powered “JFK” and “Nixon,” which provided a foundation for the filmmaker’s strong political leanings.
Starting Friday and running through Sept. 25, projectionist David Kornfeld and the folks over at the Somerville Theatre are kicking off their first 70mm & Widescreen Film Festival, showcasing some of the all-time-classics in their native format.
Tom Hanks should see another wave of award seasons nods with this Clint Eastwood-directed take on the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson.” Over all, in a light year for solid cinema, the film soars.
All the pieces are here to make what should theoretically be something magnificent, but being pretty and well acted can’t save this romantic, tearful drama from being a disappointment.
Treading some of the ground of last year’s “Ex Machina,” this pulpy science-fiction short story takes us to a remote scientific facility where a corporation has been field testing a partly human girl – and now must decide whether to let her go on living.
The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival; Soul on the Lawn and other history fun; Movie Night with “The Witches” and teen rock band Fourshadow; Music Afternoon & Reception with Mozart, Verdi and more; and “Performing the Home” art exhibits.