The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, known better by its familiar acronym, TIFF, returns to Toronto from September 4th to the 14th. This year’s TIFF offers movie lovers an opportunity to take in one of 285 feature films, of which 143 are world premieres. Not only will you have the opportunity to view some great flicks, but with the announced Hollywood guest list you may just get an opportunity to meet some of your favourites from the films!
As one of the more unique changes to the festival this year, King Street West between Peter and University will be completely closed to traffic and a Festival Street will take its place. The Pedestrian Promenade will feature food trucks, musical performances, art, piano-players, and much more, so even those not seeing the movies can enjoy the festival fun.
Five Must See Films
With 285 feature-length films on the program this year, we have highlighted five films that we are most excited about…
The World Premiere of Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy’s St. Vincent is certainly high on the radar of movies to see. Murray’s character, a drunken war vet, befriends McCarthy’s 12-year-old son and introduces him to a world of gambling, drinking, and other seedy things.
Denzel Washington taking on a role that Denzel Washington knows so well: A former covert operations officer forms a relationship with a teenage prostitute named Teri (played by Chloe Grace Moretz), and then in an attempt to save her life gets himself involved in a conflict with the Russian mob. It’s always the Russians!
If you haven’t seen the creepy trailers for this movie, do yourself a favour and watch them immediately. Jake Gyllenhaal becomes part of the underground world of freelance crime journalism, seeking the best and most gruesome of crime scene footage from the streets of Los Angeles.
A TIFF favourite, Benedict Cumberbatch, takes on the role of Alan Turing, a British cryptologist during WWII. His task is to figure out and decifer the Nazi Enigma code, which would enable British military command to read Nazi messages.
This “based on a true story” thriller/drama features Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo taking on the roles of Olympic gold medalist brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, and their relationship with their major sponsor, millionaire John du Pont.
What movies will you be catching at TIFF this year? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.