What to expect from the Toronto International Film Festival

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The much anticipated Toronto International Film Festival began on Thursday, giving a home to little known indie films and upcoming blockbusters alike. While there are a plethora of new films from a variety of genres to look forward to, here is a look at some of the most highly anticipated films coming out of the festival.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a long awaited sequel to the 1978 original, retconning the many films that have been released in between the first and this most recent installment. While the prior films have been divisive, Halloween fans are already seeing hope in this one, citing similarities in the tone of the trailers and the original. Comic-Con attendees have already been treated to a long tracking shot of the franchise’s long-standing killer Michael Myers, going from house to house to wreak havoc on innocent civilians, which was highly praised for being both terrifying and reminiscent of the opening scene of the original. Green’s Halloween picks up 40 years after the original with Laurie and Michael coming face to face once again. It is due for a wide release on October 19.

2017 was a big year for actor Timothée Chalamet. As the youngest Best Actor nominee at the Academy Awards since 1939, filmgoers have been eagerly awaiting his next performance. Now, Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy is here and fans are already predicting another Academy Award nomination in Chalamet’s near future. The film is based on a true story and depicts drug addiction through the eyes of the addict’s father. In only two short minutes, Beautiful Boy’s trailer showcases some of the most emotional moments in the film, promising standout performances from both Chalamet and Steve Carell, who plays his father. It is due to be released on Oct. 12.

Jonah Hill spent many years only involved in comedy, from Superbad and the Jump Street franchise, but showed his range by taking on films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, Hill is throwing fans for another loop with his directorial debut, Mid90s. For those who grew up in the 90s, a sense of nostalgia is already captured by the trailer. Even the aesthetic of the film is reminiscent of the 90s: Mid90s utilizes a Movietone aspect ratio, with color grading and resolution reminiscent of something you’d find on an old VHS tape. The film follows a 13 year old boy balancing his troubled home life and the new friends he meets at the skate shop. A24 has picked it up to be released on Oct. 19.

A new installment of the Predator franchise has been on the table since 2014; and now that it’s here, fans are baffled by what to actually expect from it. Trailers treat it as more comedy than horror or action, yet it seems to be branded as another generic action movie. Getting this film produced had many bumps in the road, as they had to reshoot the entire third act as late as July 2018 due to test screenings going poorly, and in the final days leading up to the film being locked, an entire scene had to be cut once it was discovered a sex offender was featured in it. Despite this, critics are saying it’s good; not great, but good. One of its biggest successes is supposedly the cast, which includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn and Trevante Rhodes. It is due for a wide release on Sept. 14.

George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give looks like another high school coming of age story from the beginning of the trailer, but the startling transition into a crime drama happens before you know it, setting up a dark story in a realistic atmosphere that will resonate with far too many. Amandla Stenberg plays teenager Starr Carter, who witnesses a white police officer shoot her childhood friend Khalil, an unarmed black teenager. In response, she becomes involved in activism. Critics are already describing the film as engaging and well-needed, with hopes it will lead to a transition from fantastical young adult films and more of a focus on real issues that teenagers have to deal with in 2018. The Hate U Give is based on a bestselling, award winning novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, and features other familiar faces alongside Stenberg including KJ Apa and Issa Rae. It is due for a wide release on Oct. 19.

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