'12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity,' 'Labor Day' & Three Other Movies From TIFF
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We are now on the third full day of the Toronto International Film Festival. And, yes, the "big guns" of the festival are starting to roll out. In this batch alone, I saw all three of my most anticipated movies of the festival: Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. Anyway, enough with the chit chat (though I do miss you, America), let's talk about these movies.
12 Years a Slave
This is your early frontrunner for Best Picture and, yes, it's the real deal. Based on a true story, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a 19th century free man named Solomon Northup who is kidnapped and sold into slavery - eventually winding up on the plantation of a sadistic owner, played by Michael Fassbender. This film is absolutely brutal. It's legitimately hard to watch. It's the Saving Private Ryan of slavery movies, in that it goes "all in" on the horrors of its subject. Also: You're not hearing about her yet, but keep an eye out for Lupita Nyong'o, who is absolutely terrific.
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