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The Big Screen: Hollywood Heads North

by Anne Bothwell 11 Sep 2014 9:55 AM

Chris Vognar, one half of the Big Screen team, reports from the Toronto International Film Festival.


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The eyes of many Texas filmmakers are focused north of the border this week – at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chris Vognar, who’s the movie critic at the Dallas Morning News and co-anchor of our Big Screen team, spent almost a week there.

zHe says a few things are different this year, including the fact that the film festival decided to push back the screenings of all films that had already premiered in North America. That meant the opening days were a little less glamorous than they had been in years past.

Vognar says there was no clear breakout film that felt like a runaway winner, but there were a lot of great performances. He particularly liked Reese Witherspoon’s role in Wild and thinks Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo will get a lot of attention for their performances in Foxcatcher.

Director David Gordon Green, a Richardson native, cast heavy hitters Al Pacino and Holly Hunter in a film called Manglehorn about a small town Texas locksmith.