(Re)Assignment

This jaw-droppingly audacious revenge thriller from the great Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) stars Michelle Rodriguez as a lowlife killer put through full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon (Sigourney Weaver). [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Mental

A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family’s life when she becomes the nanny of five girls.

Underground

Set in 1980s Melbourne, Underground is a riveting thriller that focuses on the teenage years of one of the most controversial figures of modern times —Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (newcomer Alex Williams in his first major role). The film follows Assange and his gang of close friends — the International Subversives as they call themselves — as they wage a battle from their bedrooms, trying to break into the computer systems of the world’s most powerful organizations. In the process, they are forced to battle authorities and eventually one another. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

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This Isn’t Funny

Meet Eliot Anderson and Jamie Thompson: Masters of Prolonged Adolescence, experts in Self-Sabotage.
Faced with the possibility of their true potential, at a time in life when they both know they’re ‘supposed to be’ finding some kind of clarity… the only sensible response seems to be running in the opposite direction. What a perfect time for them to meet. They push each other’s buttons. They fall in love. But just as they open themselves up and see they might be a fit, things start to fall apart. New job opportunities and family crises bring their issues and their future together into sharp focus and their respective modes of escape-therapy begin to fail them.

Big Stone Gap

A story centered around a transitional point in the life of Ave Maria Mulligan, the heart of her community in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.

A Month of Sundays

A wrong number leads to an unlikely friendship between a middle-aged Adelaide realtor (Anthony LaPaglia) and an elderly woman (Julia Blake), in this quirky comedy-drama from Australian writer-director Matthew Saville. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

A Good Marriage

When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie’s. The film is based on the first three books in the series.

Crazy Kind of Love

A broken family finds their relationships to one another changed by a new arrival in the household.