TIFF 2017 Day 9: “The Wife,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “Redoubtable,” “Who We Are Now”

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Day 9 was a slow, but fun one. Today, I saw Björn Runge’s “The Wife,” Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoubtable,” and Matthew Newton’s “Who We Are Now.”

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“The Wife,” dir. Björn Runge

A writer decides to leave her husband while traveling to receive a prestigious award.

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce’s strong performances help elevate “The Wife” from being an uneven drama with a moderately engaging story to something more emotionally investing. Too bad it keeps cutting back and forth between their story and flashbacks of their younger selves that keep dragging the movie down.

2.5/5

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“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” dir. Angela Robinson

The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.

Anchored by three great leads in Rebecca Hall, Luke Evans, and Bella Heathcote, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is a kinky, fun piece of entertainment that I’ll probably still forget about within a couple days.

3.5/5

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“Redoubtable,” dir. Michel Hazanavicius

During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later gets married.

Having never seen a Jean-Luc Godard film, I found “Redoubtable” to be a really fun watch. Maybe I might be more negative on it had I known more about Godard going in but strictly as a piece of entertainment, Michel Hazanavicius has directed a funny, charming little movie. Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin are great.

3.5/5

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“Who We Are Now,” dir. Matthew Newton

A woman sentenced to ten years in prison for manslaughter recruits a young public defense lawyer to help her children.

Julianne Nicholson and Emma Roberts give really nuanced performances, but I couldn’t help but feel emotionally detached watching “Who We Are Now.” The dialogue felt very surface level, the story began to feel meandering after a while, and the characters don’t feel real outside of the two leads.

2.5/5

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Day 10, were we come!

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