TIFF previews fall movies, awards season and plenty more

TORONTO - There literally will be something for professionals, star watchers and movie fans of all ages when the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unreels Thursday night for another 10-day run.

Some obviously will be looking for a sneak peek at what may be opening at their local cineplexes this fall. Certainly, they'll get an eyeful with "Snowden" (which goes wide on Sept. 16); the festival's opening night remake, "The Magnificent Seven" (Sept. 23); "Queen of Katwe" (Sept. 30); "Deepwater Horizon" (Sept. 30); Sundance favorite "The Birth of a Nation" (Oct. 6); "Denial" (Oct. 21), and closing-nighter "The Edge of Seventeen" (Nov. 18) among many new movies muscling each other for TIFF viewing time.

As always, Toronto's faithful fanatics also will be crowding King Street to get a glimpse of scores of their favorite actors. Amy Adams ("Arrival," "Nocturnal Animals"), Nicole Kidman ("Lion"), Bryan Cranston ("Wakefield"), Justin Timberlake (JT + the Tennessee Kids"), Dakota Fanning ("American Pastoral"), Anne Hathaway ("Colossal"), Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone represent just a tiny handful of names appearing live to bring attention to their titles.

The latter pair star in "La La Land," a musical, of all things, which already has generated much buzz as a possible year-end awards contender from director Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"). That being said, everyone undoubtedly knows TIFF's penchant for previewing Academy Award winners.

Last year alone, in fact, Best Actress Brie Larson ("Room"), Best Foreign Language Film "Son of Saul," Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") and, most notably, Best Picture "Spotlight" continued the proud tradition of playing TIFF on their way to mining Oscar gold.

Unquestionably, they'll be a few more big winners from this year's almost 300-film lineup that we'll start combing through in two days. That's when we'll file our next report, maybe even after talking to fellow critics who have had the luxury of already viewing some of the festival biggies.

In the next 10 days or so, we also might catch up with some northeast Ohioans who themselves have become TIFF regulars. Of course, we mean fine folks such as John Ewing, curator of film at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Cinemas President Jon Forman, the founder of our Cleveland International Film Festival which, by the way, begins celebrating its own 41st consecutive year on March 29.

Until you meet us right here again Thursday, learn more about the movies mentioned above or anything else relating to the festival at http://www.tiff.net/tiff/.


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