10 Best Movies From the Toronto International Film Festival That You Need to See

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The Toronto International Film Festival marks the end of the summer blockbuster season and the start of the lookout for Oscar contenders. Over the years, the festival has become increasingly prestigious. The TIFF is just as important as Cannes, as it serves as the launching pad for small to high-profile films. Some fare will be coming to a theater near you later this month, while other titles are seeking distribution. Here is a list of the ten most buzzworthy movies from the TIFF:

1. Adult Beginners – A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs – only to become their nanny. Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Carnavale.

2. Nightcrawler – A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

3. Wild – A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. Starring Reese Witherspoon.

4. St. Vincent – A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. Starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Melissa McCarthy.

5. The Theory of Everything – A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne.

6. Cake – The acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick.

7. 99 Homes – A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.

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8. Men, Women & Children – A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Ansel Elgort.

9. The Judge – Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Starring Robert Downey Jr.

10. This Is Where I Leave You – When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda.

[via IMDB]

Kelly Chambers