Wednesday, September 4, 2013


   After a summer of mainly mediocre movies in which the only two standouts for me have been Fruitvale Station and Rush---both based on true stories---I'm expecting good things in Toronto, where 400 movies have been crammed into the festival's 11 days.

  Buzz is already building around British filmmaker Steve McQueen's grim-sounding but supposedly gripping 12 Years As a Slave, and the WikiLeaks story The Fifth Estate which stars the quirky Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange is also creating a stir.

  Sexy Beast filmmaker Jonathan Glazer's latest offering, Under the Skin, also sounds interesting---it stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who drives around Scotland in a van, preying on young men.

  But let's face it---after a summer in which the top six grossing movies were all prequels, sequels or reboots anything the slightest bit original sounds interesting.

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