TIFF 2011 Must See Movies

The Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF as it is more readily known, kicked off last night.  With hundreds of movies playing however it can be difficult to choose the few you want to see.  We’ve compiled our own must see list to help with your decision.

Moneyball: This movie is based on the life of Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who reinvented how winning baseball teams are built.  Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star.

Butter: This is one of the oddest entries into the festival, but it is all ready attracted a lot of buzz.  It stars Jennifer Garner as a housewife who enters an annual butter carving competition.

Drive: Ryan Gosling’s career is about to really take off, and Drive is going to be the start of it.  In it he plays a stunt driver who is also a get-away driver for a group of thieves.  Apparently the movie is extremely bloody and violent, but it’s garnered a lot of praise from critics.

50/50: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a man diagnosed with cancer and given 50/50 odds of surviving it.  Seth Rogan plays his best friend.  This movie is written by a real life cancer survivor, and it’s a funny and touching story of  friendship and love.

Anonymous: What’s most interesting about this choice is that’s it’s the first non-action movie by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012, Stargate).  The story focuses on the Elizabethan mystery of who the actual writer of Shakespeare’s classics was.

Twixt: Francis Ford Coppola’s latest tale is about a writer whose career is winding down, and who gets caught up in a murder mystery in a small town.  If Coppola still has it this should be a great movie, but if he doesn’t it’ll be yet another failure for Val Kilmer whose career is much like the writer he plays.

Killer Elite: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert DeNiro star in this movie about an Ex Navy Seal forced out of retirement to save his old mentor.  With a cast like this, there really doesn’t need to be much more said about it.

A Dangerous Method:  David Cronenberg has had a film take the top prize at TIFF before (Eastern Promises) and it starred Viggio Mortensen to boot.  So why not come back with a new movie, starring the same man?  This time he brings a movie that is an adaptation of a 2002 play concerning the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

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