TIFF 18: Reviews and rankings

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival seems like it was two months ago … but in reality, it just ended on Sept. 16. There is more#TIFF18 coverage to come from yours truly, including a feature in the November issue of Buffalo Spree magazine, but here’s a quick round-up of my festival coverage. (And enjoy the photo of Jamie Lee Curtis I took at the HALLOWEEN premiere.)

A review of Barry Jenkins’s exquisite James Baldwin adaptation, I BEALE STREET COULD TALK, forThe Film Stagehttps://thefilmstage.com/reviews/tiff-review-if-beale-street-could-talk-is-an-exquisite-painful-and-timeless-love-story/

A review of Steve McQueen’s entertaining and powerful heist film, WIDOWS, for The Film Stage:https://thefilmstage.com/reviews/tiff-review-widows-is-a-timely-tremendously-entertaining-heist-drama/

A review of DESTROYER, a dark police drama starring Nicole Kidman, for The Film Stage:https://thefilmstage.com/reviews/tiff-review-destroyer-is-a-ambitiously-pitch-black-showcase-for-nicole-kidman/

A review of JEREMIAH TERMINATOR LEROY, a fun take on the JT LeRoy literary scandal starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, for The Film Stage:https://thefilmstage.com/reviews/tiff-review-jeremiah-terminator-leroy-features-a-charismatic-kristen-stewart-tricking-the-literary-world/

A review of the well-acted but disappointing love story TELL IT TO THE BEES, starring Anna Paquin, for The Playlisthttps://theplaylist.net/tell-it-bees-review-20180909/

A review of FREAKS, a pleasantly surprising sci-fi flick starring Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern, for The Playlisthttps://theplaylist.net/freaks-emile-hirsch-tiff-review-20180908/

And lastly, I ranked the 20 TIFF18 entries I saw before and during the festival for http://www.buffalospree.com/Blogs/Talk-about-Arts/Annual-2018/Beale-Street-A-Star-is-Born-Widows-and-more/