Attending the Toronto Film Festival is like stepping into a la-la land where bloated summer blockbusters are but a distant memory. This year’s gala even gave us an actual “La La Land,” the musical romance that won the festival’s top prize and jump-started the annual frenzy that is Oscar season.
That’s not all Toronto gave us. During my seven-day spree, I caught a handful of intriguing movies that will help to define the remainder of 2016’s cinematic calendar (and beyond). Here are a few words on 14 of them.