TIFF this week best bets

It can get pretty crazy out there at TIFF, so we’ve put together a curated list of what’s playing at the Ryerson Theatre this week.  (Most of these are sold out online, so make sure to check out our guide to rushing films and scoring seats).

TODAY:

Don Jon (3 p.m.)

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon is about a New Jersey boy balancing life, love and a porn addiction. The film did well at Sundance and is creating a lot of buzz at TIFF. The strong supporting cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Channing Tatum, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson.

THURS SEPT. 12:

The Wind Rises (5:45 p.m.)

A Japanese animated film from maestro Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is about love, friendship and perseverance over several decades of hard times in Japan. The film was inspired by the story of Jiro Horikoshi, a visionary airplane designer.

FRI SEPT. 13:

A Field in England (9 p.m.)

Director Ben Wheatly’s film set during the civil war in England, revolves around a small group of soldiers who desert a battle only to be captured by two men who force the soldiers to search for treasures they believe are buried in the field.

SAT SEPT. 14:

Bad Words (9 PM)

In Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, he stars in Bad Words, he stars as a 41-year-old high school dropout who finds a loophole in The National Quill Spelling Bee. Expect a lot of crude language perfected by Bateman.

SUN SEPT. 15:

Gravity (NOON)

A thriller about two astronauts who get stranded in orbit when their shuttle is destroyed by satellite debris. The $80-million thriller stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, directed by acclaimed Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.

FREE BLACKBERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

The people’s choice pick is one of the most exciting parts of TIFF and Ryerson Theatre gets to host it. In past years, the viewer’s choice has screened films that have gone on to win major awards, including Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and The King’s Speech.

This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on September 11, 2013.

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