Monday, March 30, 2015

Philly-made Bradley Cooper pic set for gala Toronto Film Fest bow

The early lineup for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is announced, with "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and new ones from Ben Affleck, Robert Redford, a Marilyn Monroe doc and literary reboots of Dickens and Tolstoy classics, in the mix.

Philly-made Bradley Cooper pic set for gala Toronto Film Fest bow

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper go through their Silver Linings Playbook.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper go through their Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings Playbook, the Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence/Robert DeNiro tale of a guy just out of a mental institution trying to put his life back on track, based on the novel by Matthew Quick and shot in these-here-parts by David O. Russell of The Fighter fame, is one of a dozen or so hotly anticipated titles set for the Toronto International Film Festival, running Sept. 6 to 16th.

The 37th TIFF will open with Looper, Rian Johnson’s futuristic thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis (as the same guy -- a hitman sent from the future to kill his younger self). Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels also star.

Other films with buzz:

Jayne Mansfield’s Car – a Deep South, fathers-and-son drama, directed by Billy Bob Thornton, with Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Thornton and Philly’s own Kevin Bacon

Great Expectations -- Mike Newell’s take on the Charles Dickens classic, with Ralph Fiennes (Magwitch), Helena Bonham Carter (Miss Havisham) and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine as Pip

Argo --  world premiere of Ben Affleck’s third directing job, about a CIA extraction in 1979 in which the spies go into Iran disguised as a Hollywood studio movie crew

Midnight’s Children -- Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s prize-winning novel about babies switched at birth, fated to lead completely different lives in the tumultuous aftermath of India’s 1947 independence

Anna Karenina -- Keira Knightley partners a third time with her Pride & Prejudice and Atonement director Joe Wright on the Leo Tolstoy novel. Tom Stoppard adapts, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson act.

Love, Marilyn – Liz Garbus’ documentary about  two boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s private writings, journal entries and letters, found nearly 50 years after the icon’s death in the home of her acting coach. Elizabeth Banks, Lindsay Lohan, Evan Rachel Wood, Uma Thurman, Viola Davis, Adrien Brody and Glenn Close bring the writings to life.    

Frances Ha -- Greta Gerwig reteams with Greenberg writer/director Noah Baumbach, playing an aspiring dancer moved to New York, and moved to an angsty state of agitation as dreams are dashed and friends are fickle.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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