The Last Five Years: Here Are the Best Films We Saw at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

By September 15, 2014No Comments

The final films of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival screen today, but by then I’ll be long gone. I managed to see twenty-five films in the nine days I was at TIFF, a purposeful mix of mainstream and indie; an accidental mix of good and not-so-good. At the close of the festival, here are all twenty-five films, ranked as stringently as I can manage, along with whatever release dates are available.

6. The Last 5 Years (dir.: Richard LaGravenese): Jason Robert Brown’s cult-favorite off-Broadway musical gets the big screen treatment with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as a young, ambitious couple tracking their relationship backwards (her) and forwards (him). Kendrick and Jordan do a wonderful job modulating the different phases of the relationship, with Kendrick a particular delight during the film’s funnier moments. Release date: February 13th, a.k.a. Valentine’s Day weekend