TIFF Movies to Keep an Eye Out for in 2024
The 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) showcased several top movies that have already been released, such as American Fiction, The Zone of Interest, Fair Play and The Holdovers, etc, but here are some movies that will be released this year to keep your eyes open for:
Daddio, directed by Christy Hall
This is a simplistic yet very compelling film. The film takes place in a taxicab as the driver (Sean Penn) and the passenger (Dakota Johnson) get to know each other. It simply focuses on the human connection. Hall has made a film that shows, once again, that you don’t need a huge budget to make a compelling film, just a good story.
Ezra, directed by Tony Goldwyn
Max (Bobby Cannavale) and his ex-wife Jenna (Rose Byrne) share a son named Ezra, who has special needs. The two parents have differing thoughts on raising Ezra, leading to conflict.
Goldwyn, who is no stranger to directing strong films (The Last Kiss), has done it again. He has also brought out arguably the best performance of Bobby Cannavale’s career.
Hit Man, directed by Richard Linklater
Glenn Powell is really taking off lately. Maverick Top Gun, Devotion, and Anyone But You are just a few. This year, he will be seen in this new film where his character works with the police, pretending to be a hitman to take down baddies. Oh, and it’s based on a true story. Powell’s charisma truly shines in this very entertaining film.
Origin, directed by Ava DuVernay
DuVernay continues to make fantastic works of television and film. This film explores racism in the United States as part of a caste system. She does a great job of exploring this subject in a non-preachy way but leaving her audience moved and more informed. Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor is fantastic as the lead in this film.
Perfect Days, directed by Wim Wenders
The synopsis seems simple: a janitor cleans toilets in Japan while driving around and listening to rock music. The character development of this janitor is fascinating. Koji Yakusho, who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, delivers a masterclass in acting in this performance.
Woman of the Hour, directed by Anna Kendrick
In her directorial debut, Anna Kendrick delivers a strong film. Based on the true story of Rodney Alcala, a killer in the U.S., who went on an episode of the dating game. Kendrick, known for her multiple comedic roles, delivers a bone-chilling film here.