Toronto’s NOW Magazine put its TIFF preview on the stands last night, which included dozens of reviews of films that from what I can tell have not yet received any official critical responses… from Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go” to Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (both of which were very well received). The reviews aren’t on NOW’s website (I assume there’s an online embargo), but here’s a few highlights of some of the more high-profile film reviews included. Torontonians can read the full reviews care of every other street corner in the city.
Easy A – 4/5 stars – “It’s a movie you can respect in the morning” (also call Clarkson and Tucci scene-stealers)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – 4/5 stars: “Boden and Fleck move out of the dramatic comfort zone they established with Half Nelson and Sugar and edge into intriguing new territory.”
Made in Dagenham – 3/5 stars: “A feminist crowd pleaser, but it presses the womens’ solidarity buttom almost too hard” (also call Sally Hawkins “excellent”)
Never Let Me Go – 4/5 stars: “Romanek’s austere direction never looks away from the tragic truths at the story’s core” (also call Carey Mulligan “terrific”)
The Town – 3/5 stars: “The result is an impeccably crafted but tonally wobbly studio picture that’s at war with itself from one scene to the next” (also single out Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner’s performances)