TIFF 2017 Day 5: “Unicorn Store,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Disaster Artist”

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Day 5 is a slow one. I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to see Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” today like I originally intended, however I saw some great stuff! Today’s lineup is Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store,” Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.” Ready to begin!

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“Unicorn Store,” dir. Brie Larson

A woman named Kit moves back to her parent’s house, where she receives a mysterious invitation to open her own shop.

There’s a lot of heart and charm that Brie Larson injects into “Unicorn Store” as a director, but I feel like the film can get a bit too cutesy at times. That being said, I really admired the sincerity and optimism here.

3/5

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” dir. Martin McDonaugh

A woman takes on the local police department after her daughter is murdered.

Martin McDonaugh knocks it out of the park once again with the outstanding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell give awards worthy performances that are both hilarious and surprisingly layered and moving. One of the highlights of the festival so far!

4.5/5

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“The Disaster Artist,” dir. James Franco

An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path nobody could have predicted; creating the worst movie ever made.

James Franco has done hardcore fans of “The Room” proud! “The Disaster Artist” is not only side-splittingly hilarious from beginning to end, but Franco really highlights the humanity behind Tommy Wiseau and beautifully portrays why “The Room” is such a special movie to so many people. In all honesty, this movie is genuinely inspiring and is a beautiful reminder of the effect that movies can have on someone, whether you be in the audience or filming on set.

4.5/5

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Let’s hope I see “The Shape of Water” tomorrow!

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