Returning to Normal

Seriously, I got like a goiter here or somethingThe second weekend of the Toronto film festival is a time for quiet reflection and measured down-shifting — most of the publicists and virtually all of the talent leaves town by Thursday evening, and the screenings ramp down to virtually nothing.

Today, for example, I have but one film to see — “The Lucky Ones”, which opens at the end of the month — and it’s really more about the convenience of catching it today so I can turn the review around at my leisure rather than rushing to meet my deadline after some Monday morning screening.

Yup, it’s pretty much over. Except for “The Wrestler”, which I’ll see tomorrow morning, and the awards, which will be announced tomorrow afternoon. But that’s tomorrow.

Today, over in the real world, there are a whole bunch of new movies to see — specifically:

“Burn After Reading”: The Coens follow “No Country for Old Men” with a goofier project in which many actors — including George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and, yes, Brad Pitt — chase each other around Washington in the name of wacky mayhem. I have the feeling it plays a lot funnier to them than it does to us. Jason is on the same page.

Righteous Kill“: Pacino and De Niro, together again — and boy, does the crappy vehicle reuniting them serve as a sad reality check. It ain’t 1995, this ain’t “Heat”, and Pacino and De Niro ain’t Pacino and De Niro any more. And Jon Avnet sure ain’t no Michael Mann.

“The Women”: I wasn’t able to catch Diane English’s long-in-the-works remake of George Cukor’s 1939 studio classic … oh, wait, that’s because the trailer almost physically pushed me away from the auditorium. Also, it just seemed like a better fit for Susan.

Oh, and “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys” opens without the benefit of press screenings. Was anyone else disappointed that it’s another one of his moralizing comedies, and not an uncredited reimagining of “The Hills Have Eyes”? Or is that just me?