Never underestimate Bryan Cranston‘s desire for the intense — in “Wakefield,” he plays a successful lawyer and family man who abandons his loved ones only to observe them at a distance from an attic above the garage.
This documentary is the true and inspiring story of Maria Toorpakai, a talented squash player who faces death threats and cultural upheaval in her quest to represent Pakistan in international competitions.
In one of the most-discussed titles screening at TIFF, director Adam Leon sets us up on a sketchy errand to deliver a package, and winds up painting a romantic crime caper with a young man and woman.
“Birth of the Dragon”
This feature, set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1960, chronicles the rise of Bruce Lee as a self-taught master of martial arts.
Oscar Issac stars opposite Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in the comeback of “Hotel Rwanada” director Terry George, about a love triangle set against the first World War.
Another of the most-discussed titles around this year, Walter Hill‘s action film was described by one buyer as “total madness.” Michelle Rodriguez plays a male soldier who undergoes sexual reassignment surgery to become female, at the behest of her scheming superior officer (Sigourney Weaver).
Indie sensation Bel Powley (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) returns in Susan Johnson’s portrait of a girl genius trying to find a normal life in Manhattan.
Director Lone Scherfig (“An Education”) returns with a period rom-com centered on the making of an inspirational movie amid the Blitz of London in World War II.