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25 Movies At TIFF 2016 To Keep An Eye Out For

Posted on August 23, 2016 by
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AHHH, the Toronto International Film Festival — ak.a. TIFF.

A.K.A The two weeks out of the year where movie lovers come out from hiding for movies galore.

The 41st annual film festival is will resume September 8 for two weeks and will celebrate films from around the globe.

It will also bring all of those A-listers we know you are all getting ready to snap selfies with.  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is known to bring movie stars, directors, journalists and even film fans from countries all around to discover new films both big and small.

With hundreds movies coming to the festival this year, it may get a little overwhelming for many — and we don’t blame you. To sift through the long, lengthy list of films that will be airing this year, it can make anyone feel overwhelmed — but that’s what we’re here for.

Here are a list of movies that have caught our attention whether it be because of the director, the cast members or the buzz from Sundance Film Festival:



This biographical film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt follows the infamous story of Edward Snowden and how he leaked classified information from NSA in 2013.

Cast:Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicholas Cage


Burn Your Maps

Burn Your Maps, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay,


We don’t know much about this film – the trailer hasn’t even been released – but we do know that it follows eight year old Wes and his parents as they go on an adventure after he has an epiphany that makes him believe he’s a Mongolian goat herder. Why do we think this is interesting? Jacob and Vera. Also goats.

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Marton Csokas



Sing — what may possibly be our favourite animated film at TIFF this year —  follows a koala who happens to be an impresario as he attracts music hopefuls when he holds a singing contest to try and save his theatre.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Garth Jennings, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Jay Pharoah, Leslie Jones


93 Days

This docudrama follows the lives of the men and women who risked their lives to save others from the epidemic of the Ebola virus.

Cast: Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover and Bimbo Manuel


In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle


Directed by James Franco, this film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name follows two labour organizers trying to unionize exploited California fruit pickers.

Cast: James Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, John Savage, Ashley Greene, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston


The Edge Of Seventeen

Nadine (Steinfeld) deals with her best friend dating her brother along with everything everything else a teen goes through in this hilarious coming of age tale.

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto


Manchester by the Sea

Sundance 2016’s Best Movie is definitely a film that should not be looked past at our local film festival. The film follows Lee Chandler as he tries to raises his nephew after his father dies.

Cast: Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges


Deepwater Horizon

The world premiere of “Deepwater Horizon” tells the tale of the 2010 oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the biggest oil spill in US history.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson



Based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story Of Your Life,” this sci-fi drama film follows Louise Banks (Adams) and Ian Donnelly (Renner) as they investigate a wave of mysterious spacecraft landings across the globe.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker


Free Fire

Free Fire, TIFF, 2016


Boston, 1978, two gangs meet in a warehouse for a weapon deal that goes wrong and turns into a shootout and a fight for survival. We know. We know. With Ben Wheatley as director and Martin Scorsese as a co-executive producer, we have high hopes for this film.

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson


Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals, TIFF 2016


Tom Ford’s second film follows a woman who is forced to confront the demons of her past as she’s haunted by her ex-husband’s novel. We can ‘t wait for this promising thriller from the new director.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen


A Monster Calls

The film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ loved middle grade novel “A Monster Calls” is slated for a world premiere at TIFF this year and we already know to bring the tissues. The film follows the story of a boy who is struggling with the upcoming death of his terminally ill mother, who befriends a monster to help him get through it all — yeah, we’re already crying.

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson


Brain On Fire

Brain On Fire, TIFF 2016


This adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s 2012 New York Times bestselling autobiography tells the story of the journalist suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder, who is repeatedly misdiagnosed following a series of violent outbursts and severe amnesia.

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss


La La Land

The duo is back together for a movie that is sure to tug on our musical heartstrings. The film follows a jazz pianist as he falls in love with an aspiring actress as they pursue their dreams.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt


Little Men

The film that already has people talking watches the friendship of Jake and Tony get tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina García


JT + The Tennessee Kids

Justin Timberlake


For music lovers and/or JT fans, this documentary follows the popstars closing performances of his world tour in Las Vegas.


Two Lovers And A Bear

Starring Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, “Two Lovers and a Bear” is a story of star crossed lovers who escape to the Arctic until they realize even the Arctic can’t escape their past.

Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Dan DeHaan


It’s Only The End Of The World

Canadian director Xavier Dolan is back this year with a new film that sees the reunion of a broken family. The film was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes early this year so we’re pretty sure this is a must-see.

Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard


Bleed For This

Based on the true story of former world champion boxer Vinny Paz, the movie chronicles Vinny’s struggle to return back to the ring after being injured.

Cast: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal



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Adam Driver stars as Paterson, a bus driver who writes daily poems — sold yet? We are. This film already has favourable reviews — as well as our burning interest.

Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani


The Wedding Party

What looks like a TON of laughs, “The Wedding Party” just may be the movie we were hoping to catch this Fall as it unfolds the story of a bridal party that turns into a hilarious chaos. Produced by talk show hostess/TV producer Mo Abudu, we have high hopes for this film.

Cast: Banky Wellington, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Atunyota Akpobome, Sola Sobowale, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Olusola Abiodun Sobowale


Below Her Mouth

Below Her Mouth, TIFF 2016


Actor/director April Mullen’s newest film tells the story of two women who spark a romance which changes their lives forever. According to TIFF, the film is said to be one of the boldest and sexiest dramas of the year. Plus, did we mention it was filmed by an all-female crew? Badass, right?

Cast: Natalie Krill, Erika Linder, Sebastian Pigott, Mayko Nguyen, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Melanie Leishman, Andrea Stefancikova


The Magnificent Seven

Seven mercenaries to protect a town from robbers in this remake of the 1960’s classic, but it’s this movie’s all-star cast that landed it on our list.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, Matt Bomer


Nirvanna The Band The Show

Nirvanna The Band The Show, TIFF


A Canadian series for everyone to root for follows Matt and Jay, a two-piece Toronto band who will do anything to play a show at the Toronto venue The Rivoli — without writing or rehearsing any actual songs.

Cast: Matt Johnson, Jay McCarrol


Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe,


This highly anticipated film may not be premiering at TIFF but the festival will be presenting exclusive footage of the film, and hosting a Q&A with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams, and the filmmakers But that’s not all. Following the Q&A, there will be a concert with Pharrell Williams. So while we may not be getting the entire film, early footage will have to do until the movie is released.

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Jim Parsons, Kevin Costner, Kristen Dunst

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