TIFF 2017 Day 4: “mother!,” “Suburbicon,” “The Florida Project,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

I had a very busy day 4! Saw a lot of big movies today including Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s “Battle of the Sexes,” and Dan Gilroy’s “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Let’s get to it!

“mother!,” dir. darren aronofsky

a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

darren aronofsky has gone totally twisted and sadistic with “mother!” it’s completely packed with wtf moments, filled to the brim with disturbing imagery that will haunt you long aIf you want to stay updated with all my reviews at TIFF as I see the films, follow me ofter the film is over, and jennifer lawrence gives her best performance since her oscar win. i loved the hell out of this.


“Suburbicon,” dir. George Clooney

A crime mystery set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon during the 1950s, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge, and murder.

I have a lot of mixed feelings on “Suburbicon.” On one hand, there’s some great dark comedy sprinkled throughout, but at the same time George Clooney isn’t able to have a proper balance between radically different tones. I wish it had committed more to being a dark comedy.


“The Florida Project,” dir. Sean Baker

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

“The Florida Project” is one of the most beautiful films about the innocence of childhood that I’ve seen in a very long time. All the performances are absolutely wonderful with Willem Dafoe being the clear Best Supporting Actor frontrunner, and Sean Baker floods every frame with rich colors that bring the film alive. This one is truly special.


“Battle of the Sexes,” dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

“Battle of the Sexes” is a super fun, crowdpleasing sports film anchored by great performances from Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The pacing could have been a little tighter and the laughs could have hit a little harder, but this is a solid piece of entertainment that features some fantastic tennis sequences.


“Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” dir. Dan Gilroy

Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner, the firm’s frontman, has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm–truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed–and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions.

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is a dull, lifeless slog of a film with a story that barely kept me interested. Denzel Washington’s bland performance doesn’t help.


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Let’s go, day 5!


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