“The Florida Project”: Grit, Giddiness, and Sorrow in Disney’s Shadow

In this worthy follow-up to 2015’s “Tangerine,” Sean Baker shifts coasts, but gives us another slice of marginalized life in America. Read more

Book Review: “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” Is Essential for Understanding Our Times and Our President

A crème de la crème gathering of mental health experts usefully, profoundly assesses our president’s dangerousness and the social significance of Trumpism. Read more

Jane Goodall and a Big Fat French Wedding: One Last Look at TIFF 2017

An eye-pleasing biography of the famed primatologist and a frivolous diversion by the directors of “Les Intouchables” happily concluded this year at TIFF. Read more

TIFF Day #7: Horror and Suspense Are Handled Surely in “Thelma,” Ineptly in “Marrowbone”

Norwegian director Joachim Trier continues his excellent youth-themed outpouring of films with “Thelma,” but the screenwriter of the excellent horror film “The Orphanage” falls short in his directing debut. Read more

TIFF Day #6: “Makala” Is a Masterwork of Cinematic Empathy

Another winner arrives in Toronto via Cannes, offering a realistic look at a Congolese laborer’s existence. Read more

TIFF Day #5: Humanism in “Faces Places,” Anti-Humanism in “Omerta”

A joyous film by Agnes Varda and JR embraces the people of rural France; a somber work by Hansal Mehta chronicles the rise of an infamous jihadist. Read more

TIFF Day #4: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” and “Downsizing”

An intimate view of AIDS activism in 1990s Paris and a sci-fi satire from Alexander Payne (Sideways and Nebraska) were on tap in Toronto yesterday. Read more

TIFF Day #3: Searching for Home in “Lean on Pete” and “House by the Sea”

An American teen’s desperate road trip and a French family’s reckoning with time’s passage make for another strong day of viewing in Toronto. Read more

“One of Us”: The Struggles of Ex-Hasidim, Vividly Revealed by the Directors of “Jesus Camp”

Day 2 at TIFF brought this excellent documentary, plus biographies of Thomas Edison and Mary Shelley, and a fable of disconnected modern life. Read more

“I, Tonya”: Craig Gillespie and the Real Tonya Harding

In “I, Tonya,” the director of “Lars and the Real Girl” finds compassion and empathy in another potentially ludicrous tale. Read more

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