Sunday, September 20, 2015

Toronto 2015: The Rankings

"I heard Toronto wasn't that great this year."

A few people have said this to me since I got back to Los Angeles, and it's true: The good-to-respectable films outnumbered the stunners, although after reading a few other people's recaps of the festival, I'm reminded that it's always possible that I just didn't make my way to some of the gems. (I didn't have a chance to catch, for instance, new films from Hong Sang-soo, Chantal Akerman and Jafar Panahi.) So, as always, think of these rankings as a sketch written in pencil, not ink. Links lead to individuals reviews, and I've also included films I caught earlier at Sundance or Cannes that made their way to Toronto.

51. Demolition
50. Lolo 
49. Families
48. Where to Invade Next
47. Eye in the Sky 
46. Brooklyn
45. A Tale of Love and Darkness
44. I Smile Back
43. Our Brand Is Crisis 
42. Hyena Road
41. Sleeping Giant 
40. Five Nights in Maine
39. Freeheld 
38. About Ray
37. High-Rise
36. Keith Richards: Under the Influence
35. Green Room
34. Sicario
33. Office
32. Mustang
31. Homesick
30. Maggie's Plan 
29. Eva Doesn't Sleep
28. The Idol
27. Black Mass
26. The Family Fang 
25. Dheepan
24. Room
23. The Treasure
22. Mountains May Depart
21. Embrace of the Serpent
20. One Floor Below
19. Truth 
18. The Assassin 
17. The Danish Girl
16. Love
15. Our Little Sister
14. Youth
13. Un Plus Une
12. The Martian  
11. The Devil's Candy
10. In Jackson Heights
9. Mississippi Grind
8. Spotlight
7. 45 Years
6. Louder Than Bombs
5. The Witch
4. Son of Saul
3. Cemetery of Splendour
2. The Lobster
1. Anomalisa