Yes, I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing P.T. An­der­son’s Master piece, mak­ing Much Ado over Joss Whe­don and see­ing lo­cal lights Deepa Mehta, Anita Majumdar and Zaib Shaikh bring Sal­man Rushdie’s bril­liant Mid­night’s Chil­dren to life. But my hopes are pretty high for th­ese films, too.

Cloud At­las

When I read David Mitchell’s genre-switch­ing, era-hop­ping, bizarre page-turner of a novel sev­eral years ago, I never thought I’d one day see it made into a movie. While the six linked nar­ra­tives were com­pelling, the book seemed like a nifty lit­er­ary ex­per­i­ment – hardly the stuff of cin­ema. That the Wa­chowski sib­lings have adapted the book is even more in­trigu­ing; their post- Ma­trix ma­te­rial isn’t great. But then again, di­rec­tor Tom Tyk­wer did a de­cent job with another favourite novel, Pa­trick Susskind’s Per­fume. And the cast – in­clud­ing Os­car win­ners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Saran­don and Jim Broad­bent – is promis­ing, right? Septem­ber 8, 6 pm, Princess of Wales; Septem­ber 9, 11:30 am, Win­ter Gar­den; Septem­ber 15, 11 am, El­gin

Rust And Bone

Phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties seems to be a ma­jor TIFF 2012 theme, an el­e­ment in The Ses­sions, Amour and this film by Jac­ques Au­di­ard. Matthias Schoe­naerts (Bull­head) and Mar­ion Cotil­lard play an un­usual cou­ple on the French Riviera whose re­la­tion­ship takes a turn after she suf­fers an ac­ci­dent. After The Prophet, a stun­ning, multi-lay­ered look at power re­la­tions in a French prison, I’d see any­thing by Au­di­ard. And it’ll be good to watch Cotil­lard, used more for her dewy eyes than for her act­ing in re­cent Hol­ly­wood films, act in her mother tongue and show why she won that Os­car. Septem­ber 6, 9:30 pm, El­gin; Septem­ber 7, noon, Ry­er­son The­atre


Brian De Palma is re­spon­si­ble for some of my favourite movie se­quences of all time – mostly from his pro­lific pe­riod in the 70s and 80s. His out­put has tailed off re­cently, but this re­make of Alain Corneau’s Crime D’Amour – about two women claw­ing at each other in a cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment – has all the in­gre­di­ents of his best films: sex, vengeance, vi­o­lence. That the leads are played by two siz­zling screen pres­ences – Rachel McA­dams and Dragon Tat­too’s Noomi Ra­pace – should de­liver on that ti­tle. Septem­ber 11, 8 pm, Win­ter Gar­den; Septem­ber 13, 8:30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 1; Septem­ber 14, 9:30 am, Sco­tia­bank 3

Great Ex­pec­ta­tions

Mike Newell’s an un­even di­rec­tor; for ev­ery Four Wed­dings And A Fu­neral there’s a Love In The Time Of Cholera or Mona Lisa Smile: hand­some but empty movies. So why am I look­ing for­ward to this adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’s much-filmed clas­sic? The cast. Ralph Fi­ennes as Mag­witch; He­lena Bon­ham Carter as Miss Hav­isham; Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Joe. And Jeremy Irvine, who was be­liev­ably in love with an an­i­mal in War Horse, sets his sights on a more hu­man cou­pling in Hol­l­i­day Grainger’s Estella. Septem­ber 11, 9:30 pm, Roy Thom­son; Septem­ber 12, 11 am, El­gin; Septem­ber 14, noon, Sco­tia­bank 1

The Bay

Who knew that Os­car-win­ner Barry Levin­son (Rain Man, Good Morn­ing, Viet­nam) would one day screen some­thing in the Mid­night Mad­ness se­ries? His first fea­ture since 1997’s Wag The Dog, The Bay is a found-footage hor­ror film about an en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­tro­phe, star­ring un­knowns. File this one un­der “mor­bid cu­rios­ity.” Septem­ber 12, 11: 59 pm, Ry­er­son The­atre; Septem­ber 13, 2: 45 pm, Cine­plex Yonge & Dundas 6

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry help us nav­i­gate Cloud At­las.

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