Janna Does TIFF: An Exclusive Series by Janna Jeffrey

Over the next three months, our staff writer Janna Jeffrey brings you an exclusive look with reviews from some of the most talked-about films from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Every Saturday, Jeffrey shares her thoughts on the latest films and what you should watch out for in the coming year – and which ones you’re better off skipping.

tumblr_inline_mt2038uHFv1qz4rgpSeptember 14, 2013: The Double
In real life, two identical men with no relation to each other isn’t just improbable – it’s practically impossible. But in the hyper-stylized, surreal world of The Double, not only is it possible, but believable. CONTINUE READING…


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September 21, 2013: Prisoners
When a film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival only two weeks prior to being released in theaters, people asked me, “Why bother paying extra to see something now, when you can just see it for the price of a regular ticket later this month?” CONTINUE READING…

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September 28, 2013: Life of Crime
A clueless housewife, two incompetent kidnappers, a gun-toting roommate, a wimpy hopeful lover, and an indifferent husband with a brash mistress – sounds like the beginning of a great joke, right? CONTINUE READING…

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October 5, 2013: Parkland
Practically every American citizen alive in 1963 can instantly give you an answer to the question, “Where were you when JFK was shot?” CONTINUE READING…


kill-your-darlingsOctober 26, 2013: Kill Your Darlings
At the base of the movie poster, the tagline reads, “A true story of obsession and murder.” And while murder is the climactic basis for this story of the Beat generation, it’s the different natures of obsession… CONTINUE READING…

Night-movesNovember 3, 2013: Night Moves
In a film a large-scale act of terrorism, you expect to see grand plans, lots of build-up, and a climax at the main event. But as Kelly Reichardt proves with her film Night Moves, sometimes the real story takes place after the main event goes boom. CONTINUE READING…

knightley-steinfeld-ruffalo-set-can-a-song-save-your-life-06November 9, 2013: Can A Song Save Your Life?
Earnestly sweet, musical-based films set in New York City tend to be one of two things: overbearingly saccharine and sentimental, or touching and beautiful. I wasn’t expecting much from Can A Song Save Your Life?, but to my delight, it turned out to be the latter. CONTINUE READING…

IMG_8125.CR2November 23, 2013: You Are Here
Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler are some of the most recognizable names in comedy today – and, certainly, some of the most bankable. CONTINUE READING…

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