Only seven movies open in Toronto this week, and trust me, it’s a relief. Even if I did end up covering six of them …
ABCs of Death 2: The second anthology is as much of a mixed bag as the first, though the strong ones here are really strong.
Before I Go to Sleep: Nicole Kidman plays a woman with memory problems who finds herself questioning her reality. Rad says not to bother, though.
Force Majeure: Swedish director Ruben Östlund goes all Haneke on the nuclear family in this jet-black comedy of bourgeois manners. I heartily approve this event or product.
Horns: Daniel Radcliffe puts a lot of heart into Alexandre Aja’s magic-realist horror fable — though it doesn’t quite justify the two-hour running time.
Maps to the Stars: David Cronenberg’s toothless Hollywood satire wastes a very talented cast. At least Julianne Moore got an award out of it.
Nightcrawler: Dan Gilroy’s effective if narrow-minded tabloid-television thriller is kept humming by a fantastic Jake Gyllenhaal performance. (Riz Ahmed does some nice work on the sidelines, too.)
Young Ones: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning are ideally cast — if underserved — in Jake Paltrow’s near-future Western.
And that is that. Happy Halloween, everybody! Don’t eat any monsters by mistake.