CineFiles: Reviewing TIFF 2016

CineFiles is a series where Ryerson students watch and review films. Here’s what we think about all kinds of film, ranging from international blockbuster hits to Ryerson-made indie shorts.

The Toronto International Film Festival took place this year from September 8th to the 18th, once again flooding the streets of downtown Toronto with celebrities, tourists and movie lovers alike. With topics ranging from falling in love to eating human flesh, this year’s TIFF proved to be another significant year in diverse filmsand filmmakers (Click here to read Premila D’Sa’s thoughts on how TIFF trumped the Oscars this year in celebrating diversity).

Ryerson’s students’ opinions on the films were just as diversefrom the good to the bad to the disappointing. Here are 11 TIFF film reviews, sorted by genre. Many of these films will be out in theatres later this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

From journalists exposing the American government to Indigenous communities fighting for their rights here in Canada, the following two films express the trust that is broken when governments mislead their people.

Photo courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Still from “We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice.” Photo courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

All Governments Lie – in NYC and LA theatres Nov. 4.
We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice – coming soon on the NFB’s website. 

Based on True Events
Although not fully biographical, these films, influenced by subjects like a former world champion boxer and one of the world’s biggest man-made disasters, are as different as they are captivating.

Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Mehta Productions.

Still from “Anatomy of Violence.” Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Mehta Productions.

Deepwater Horizon in theatres Sept. 30.
Anatomy of Violence  TIFF exclusive.
Bleed For This – in theatres Nov. 23. 
The Promise – in theatres late 2016 or early 2017.

The vibrant and jazzy La La Land, winner of TIFF 2016’s People’s Choice Award, tells the story of how two people’s passions can bring them closer togetherand then farther apart.

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Still from “La La Land.” Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

La La Land – in theatres Dec. 16.

American teen film The Edge of Seventeen and German comedy Toni Erdmann show the international importance of familial relationships.


Still from “The Edge of Seventeen.” Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment.

The Edge of Seventeen – in theatres Nov. 18. 
Toni Erdmann – in theatres Dec. 25.

Not for the faint of heart, these horror films are both packed with gore and cannibalismjust in time for Halloween.

Bad Batch TIFF

Still from “The Bad Batch.” Photo courtesy of Annapurna Pictures.

Raw TIFF exclusive.
The Bad Batch – in theatres early 2017.