Tag: toronto international film festival

Nigeria’s First Oscars Submission Disqualified For Having Too Much English, Which Is the Country’s Official Language

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has some explaining to do. According to The Wrap, Nigeria’s Lionheart has been disqualified from the 92nd Academy Awards race. The film, directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, was vying for a spot in the Best International Feature Film category. Nnaji portrays Adaeze Obiagu, who “tries to […]

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Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro Will Make You Feel Complicit

How a political film should aim to make you feel is a tricky question. There’s the Ken Loach approach, worthy and moving but, in this overcrowded landscape, arguably not fashioned to persuade (or even attract) those viewers not already on-side, and there’s the fast-paced Armando Iannucci satire, in which hypocrisies are gleefully punctured and the […]

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After Toronto, Is Tarantino Still the Oscar Favorite?

For the last seven years, you could count on the eventual winner of the best picture Oscar to emerge from the three big film festivals that unofficially mark the start of award season. And to be sure, the crop of movies that premiered over the last two and a half weeks in Venice, Telluride and […]

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Jennifer Lopez Answers Your Questions on Persevering and More

TORONTO — In the new drama “Hustlers,” Jennifer Lopez plays Ramona, an enterprising ex-stripper who devises a plan to to squeeze cash from her former clients. Before Lopez walked the red carpet for the premiere of “Hustlers” at the Toronto International Film Festival, she sat down to answer questions from Times readers about her films, […]

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Won A Major Prize At The Toronto International Film Festival

Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit has been seen as one of the fall season’s trickiest sells, and with good cause: It’s a pretty divisive comedy in which the filmmaker-actor plays Hitler as a goofball — the funny face-making imaginary friend of a young boy living in Nazi Germany. But its road to mainstream acceptance just got […]

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Onscreen in Toronto: Reasons for Hope at the Movies This Fall

TORONTO — Each year, I head to the Toronto International Film Festival to get a jump on the fall. This year, I was especially eager to attend because the festival — one of the largest in the world — shows enough good and great work that it invariably eases my anxieties about the art and […]

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TIFF 2019: Harriet Isn’t the Epic, Raw Tale You’re Waiting For

Harriet Photo: Courtesy of TIFF “Harriet’s a film about freedom; it’s not about slavery,” director Kasi Lemmons mused amid the clinking and clanking of silverware as myself and several other black critics surrounded her during an intimate dinner at a swanky Toronto hotel. This line would stay with me as I warred with just how […]

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TIFF 2019: Hustlers Showcases Sisterhood at the Expense of Wall Street and I Love to See It

HustlersScreenshot: STXfilms (YouTube) America can be a dog-eat-dog world, but what if the hungriest dogs are bad bitches? Hustlers stars Constance Wu (as Destiny), Jennifer Lopez (as Ramona), Julia Stiles (as magazine reporter, Elizabeth), Lili Reinhart (as Annabelle) and KeKe Palmer (as Mercedes). Cardi B and Lizzo make quick, yet memorable appearances, as well. Advertisement […]

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The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Dolemite Is My NamePhoto: Courtesy of TIFF Are you runnin’ through The Six with your cinematic woes? Well, you’re in luck, because it’s time for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! Much like myself—who will be reviewing films from the fest this year for The Root—a bunch of Americans will be descending upon America’s […]

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