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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Toronto International Film Festival: first announcements

In about six weeks (yikes, where did the summer go?) I’ll be off to the Toronto International Film Festival, sampling some treats of the fall movie schedule. This morning, TIFF announced a number (though not all) of the films they’ll be showcasing this year; other announcements will follow through August. TIFF runs Sept. 4 – 14. Curiously, the fest did not announce the opening-night film today, though it did note that TIFF will close with “A Little Chaos,” a delightful-sounding British comedy directed by and starring Alan Rickman (with Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci) about dueling landscapers at the Palace of Versailles. Of the 59 films announced today, here are a few that most intrigue me; you can read the whole list here:

  • “Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller’s based-on-a-true-story drama that had Cannes buzzing last spring.
  • “Maps to the Stars,” a Hollywood-set “social satire and very human ghost story,” directed by David Cronenberg and starring Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska.
  •  “Wild,” with Reese Witherspoon starring in the screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
  • “The Imitation Game,” mentioned on this blog yesterday; it’s the story of the British mathematician (Benedict Cumberbatch) who helped cracked the Enigma code during World War II.
  •  “The Last Five Years,” a screen adaptation of the entirely sung Broadway musical, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
  •  “Learning to Drive.” Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley star. That’s all I need.
  • “Men, Women and Children.” Jason Reitman’s latest, starring Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler (!) and Judy Greer.
  •  “Mr. Turner,” with Timothy Spall in the title role as British artist J.M.W. Turner, directed by Mike Leigh.
  •  New features directed by Chris Rock (“Top Five”), Jon Stewart (“Rosewater”), Liv Ullmann (“Miss Julie”), and starring Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), Denzel Washington (“The Equalizer”), Gong Li (“Coming Home”), and . . . oh, lots more. Should be a good fest, even from this early list.

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