Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother.
Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to
leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relatives in
order to make a good living.
Documentarian Alex Gibney (winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with Taxi to the Dark Side)
beats Danny Boyle’s narrative examination of Steve Jobs, the mercurial
late CEO of Apple, to theaters, offering up what will likely be a more
personal and private look at the man’s life.
Kate Mara and David Oyelowo star in this crime thriller from television
veteran Jerry Jameson, which is based on the true story of Ashley Smith
(author of the memoir Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero).
Baltasar Kormákur, best known, until now, for working with Mark Wahlberg on Contraband and 2 Guns,
sets a new course for himself, tackling the story of a Mount Everest
climbing expedition beset by a severe snow storm.
Cultures will clash in this disparate buddy dramedy about a New York
writer (Patricia Clarkson) who starts driving lessons after the
dissolution of her marriage and her Sikh instructor (Ben Kingsley), who
happens to be dealing with marital issues of his own.
The 40th year of the Toronto
International Film Festival (TIFF), the festival of festivals, will
forever be linked in my memories to music. I ended up with a unique
sampler of features and documentaries focusing on the lives of
challenging and tragic musical figures.