The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday but, to be honest, it feels like Venice and Telluride have already let some of the air out of its tires. Must-see movies such as La La Land, Moonlight, Bleed for This, Arrival, The Bad Batch, The Bleeder and Nocturnal Animals have already garnered headlines elsewhere, as have earlier festival films like the Cannes trio American Honey, Loving and Elle, Sundance duo Manchester by the Sea and The Birth of a Nation, and even Snowden and Blair Witch at Comic-Con.

Speaking of the latter title, if anything provides a jolt of energy to this year’s festival, it may be Colin Geddes’ lauded Midnight Madness program. I am, and forever will be, a proud genre guy, and this year’s Midnight lineup is especially promising. I’ll put it this way: Nocturnal Animals is one of my most anticipated films of the year, as I loved Tom Ford’s A Single Man and will watch any movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Having said that, there is no way I’m missing the midnight premiere of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s Blair Witch, which will almost certainly be an unforgettable TIFF experience. Read more…

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