BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Mary Shelley’

Mary Shelley (formerly titled A Storm in the Stars) tells the story of the famed titular Frankenstein author and her early relationship with poet Percy Shelley. The film is directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour and stars Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, and Tom Sturridge. In this biopic, we follow...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Ava’

At its core, Ava is a story of a teen who just wants to be different. Sixteen-year-old Ava’s family is forever changed after her overprotective mother accuses her of having an inappropriate relationship with a boy and sets off a chain of events that escalate her rebellious behavior, triggering serious and life-altering choices. She’s an...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Upside’

Based on a true story and also a remake of the French hit The Intouchables, The Upside premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.  This dramedy directed by Neil Burger (Divergent, The Illusionist) and produced by The Weinstein Company; is about an inconceivable bromance between two men from opposite sides of the spectrum.  Dell, played...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is a film directed by Angela Robinson, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. This biopic is centered around William "Bill" Moulton Marston, the American psychologist who put his progressive ideals about female liberation into practice, creating the DC superhero Wonder Woman and living in an "extended relationship"...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

The Shape Of Water which premiered today at the Toronto International Film Festival is a 1960s fantastical romance set in the Cold War era starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) he shares the story of Eliza...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’

In the film Five Fingers For Marseilles, a Western and action drama about the small rural town of Marseilles, we learn that any home worth its weight in value is also worth protecting.  Directed by Michael Matthews and shot in a very small, rural, town called Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape. The setting of the movie begins...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me continues the American Masters tradition of quality biographical documentary storytelling. With notable documentaries featuring Louis Armstrong, Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, and Ralph Ellison, I’ve Gotta Be Me is no different. The film is directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard (who also did an American Masters film of August Wilson) and highlights...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Life and Nothing More’

Life and Nothing More is an official selection in the Contemporary World Cinema category at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Director Antonio Méndez Esparza (Aquí y Allá) and his cast made up of novice actors delve into the family dynamics of Andrew (Andrew Bleechington), his mother Regina (Regina Williams), and little sister Ry'nesia...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Bodied’

Now gather ‘round kids, and pay attention to this spectacle We’re dealing with an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival A film written by Alex Larsen, directed by Joseph Kahn A director who’s done music videos for some of your favorite songs Bodied is a satire set in the world of competitive battle rap Adam Merkin, played...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’

Grace Jones is like you’ve never seen her before in the new documentary film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. She takes us down a journey of her most intimate and real experiences as an artist and gives us an inside look at her upbringing in Jamaica with her family and friends. The documentary Grace Jones:...