Toronto 2017 Buzz: ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘Bodied’ and More


Before the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival kicked off last week, we listed our most anticipated movies, performances, and more. Now that dozens of movies have screened, what’s the buzz?

Did highly-anticipated movies live up to expectations?

Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar; directed by George Clooney

SUBURBICON is dark, twisted, a bit sadistic, and absurdly amusing at times, just like living in the real suburbs!

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 8, 2017

I Love You, Daddy, starring Louis C.K., John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz; directed by Louis C.K.

I LOVE YOU, DADDY: Louis C.K plays a TV writer who lets down all the women in his life. Loose, unstructured, very funny at

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 9, 2017

How about highly-anticipated performances?

Jessica Chastain in Molly’s Game

MOLLY’S GAME is SO good; powering at a frenetic pace w/ whip-smart dialogue & killer performances from @jes_chastain & Idris

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 9, 2017

MOLLY’S GAME: fast paced smartly written Sorkin dialogue delivered brilliantly by @jes_chastain & @idriselba. Really enjoyed!

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 9, 2017

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Allison Janney steals the movie (and will be an Oscar frontrunner), but Margot Robbie is also terrific. Gillespie’s best film, hands down

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 9, 2017

Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes

‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a strong, night effective piece of cinema. Emma Stone delivers her best turn yet. She could go back to back! #tiff

— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) September 11, 2017

Did the Midnight Madness opener meet expectations?


Still giggling over some of the crazy lines in BODIED. Also really dug the underlying convo about race & humor & where lines are drawn#TIFF

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 8, 2017

BODIED: visually original, smart, funny & biting look at rap battles, racism, privilege & cultural appropriation ??

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 8, 2017

Any unexpected delights?

One of the great pleasures of any film festival is discovering movies that exceed expectations. Some of these titles had been touted ahead of time, while others emerged to shine bright.

The Darkest Hour

DARKEST HOUR, or Let’s Just Give Gary Oldman the Oscar Now and Be Done With It, is a great counterpart to DUNKIRK. Very well

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 10, 2017


THELMA: the Carrie comparisons are true. Takes its time, intriguing, unsettling & not easy to shake! Great stuff!

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 9, 2017

A Fantastic Woman

A FANTASTIC WOMAN: Powerful drama about a trans woman who has to deal with grief + all manner of disrespect. Great performance!

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 8, 2017

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

I think this is a reasonable pledge. C’mon everybody. In cinemas October 13th #MarstonMovie

— Rebecca Hall (@realrebeccahall) September 10, 2017

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMAN: fascinating story & companion piece to WW. Appreciated the feminine touch on taboo subjects

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 9, 2017

The Upside

THE UPSIDE: an absolute delight! Love the French original & it’s impossible to resist the charms of @BryanCranston +

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 9, 2017

Lady Bird

LADYBIRD: Holy hell it’s amazing. Fully lived-in performances from Ronan, Metcalfe, Letts. Gerwig makes stunning directorial debut. #TIFF17

— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) September 9, 2017

Brad’s Status

BRAD’S STATUS: #BenStiller shines as a dad going thru a midlife crisis. Poignant, profound. Superbly written/directed by Mike White!

— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) September 10, 2017

Mom and Dad

MOM AND DAD: Nic Cage goes full Cage. I mean FULL Cage. He sings the Hokey Pokey while destroying a pool table with a sledgehammer. #tiff

— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) September 10, 2017


STRONGER is pretty straightforward, but has some of DGG’s most emotional filmmaking since SNOW ANGELS. Gyllenhaal sells it. #TIFF

— erickohn (@erickohn) September 9, 2017

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.