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Ranking Toronto Films We’ve Seen So Far: What to See

Ranking Toronto Films We've Seen So Far: What to See

There’s much ahead premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off today. But there are many we’ve seen at festivals from Berlin to Cannes, Venice to Telluride and beyond. Below, we parse our favorites, and our least-favorites, with US distribution and release info (if any). (“Steve Jobs” and “Carol” turn up next at the NYFF, and yes they are must-sees!) 

READ MORE: What We Learned About the Oscar Race at Venice and Telluride

Must-See Home-Run
“45 Years” (dir. Andrew Haigh, Sundance Selects, December 23) 
“Beasts of No Nation” (dir. Cary Fukunaga, Netflix/Bleecker St., October 16)
“James White” (dir. Josh Mond, The Film Arcade, November 13) 
“Son of Saul” (dir. László Nemes, Sony Pictures Classics, December 18) 
“Spotlight” (dir. Tom McCarthy, Open Road, November 6)
“Victoria” (dir. Sebastian Schipper, Adopt Films, October 9) 
“The Witch” (dir. Robert Eggers, 24, February 2016) 
“Youth” (dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Fox Searchlight, December 4)

Strong Double
“Dheepan” (dir. Jacques Audiard, Sundance Selects, 2016)
“Janis: Little Girl Blue” (dir. Amy Berg, PBS)
“Mountains May Depart” (dir. Jia Zhangke, Kino Lorber)
“Mustang” (dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Cohen Media Group)
“Room” (dir. Lenny Abrahamson, A 24, October 16)
“Sicario” (dir. Denis Villeneuve, Lionsgate, September 18) 
“Suffragette” (dir. Sarah Gavron, Focus Features, October 23)
“Viva” (dir. Paddy Breathnach, acquisitions title)

Solid Single
“Black Mass” (dir. Scott Cooper, Warner Bros., September 18)
“The Danish Girl” (dir. Tom Hooper, Focus Features, November 27)
“Hitchcock/Truffaut” (dir. Kent Jones, Cohen Media, December 2)
“He Named Me Malala” (dir. Davis Guggenheim, Fox Searchlight, October 2) 
“I Smile Back” (dir. Adam Salky, Broad Green, October 23)
“Lolo” (dir. Julie Delpy, acquisitions title)

Artfully Arcane
“The Assassin” (dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Well Go USA, October 16)
“Chevalier” (dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari, acquisitions title)
“Embrace of the Serpent” (dir. Ciro Guerra, Oscilloscope)
“The Forbidden Room” (dirs. Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, Kino Lorber, October) 
“London Road” (dir. Rufus Norris, acquisitions title)
“Right Now, Wrong Then” (dir. Hong Sang-Soo, acquisitions title)
“The Treasure” (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu, acquisitions title)

Skippable

“Louder than Bombs” (dir. Joachim Trier, The Orchard)
“Women He’s Undressed” (dir. Gillian Armstrong, US acquisitions title)

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