In Hollywood, Labor Day brings a triple punch: the annual Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. Showcasing much of fall and winter’s finest film offerings, the cinema smorgasbords bid summer adieu and nod toward Oscar season. The buzz that emerges from these festivals will dictate a lot of how the awards conversation plays out over the next several months. But even without tending to all that expensive jockeying, this year’s festivals offer intriguing lineups that involve the Blair Witch, Jackie Kennedy, Terrence Malick, Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama, to name a few.
We’ll be on the ground in Toronto starting Thursday, so we’ve compiled a list of movies to anticipate there. Most of these titles are enjoying their world premieres, so check out our fall movie preview for the other big releases on the horizon, some of which will also screen in Canada.