You may be tempted to write your friends here at Crushable off just because we choose to fill our minds with celebrity nonsense most of the time but DON’T DO IT. Sure, we happen to know the name of Taylor Swift‘s cat (Meredith), can identify which member of One Direction is singing at any given time (various), and can wax poetic for hours on exactly why Justin Bieber is becoming the worst thing ever (how long do you have?).
But we can also speak intelligently about OTHER STUFF, GUYS. So feel free to invite us to your cocktail parties and stuff. Case in point, we know all about movies and cinema and films and — those are all the same thing, aren’t they? But seriously, guys, turn off Sister Wives for just a quick second, even though it’s the best thing ever, and come over here and listen to the buzz from the Toronto International Film Festival, going on September 5th – 15th. Since we’re getting close to the end of the year, this is one of the last opportunities for films to premiere that want a shot at award season, so there are some pretty solid nuggets among the pickings. Here are the ten that we think are the buzziest:
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson
Why you should care: The story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1800s, we’ve been hearing non-stop buzz about this one. It’s an all-star cast and an intense, true story. You will see it at the Oscars.
Release date: October 18th, 2013
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Misty Upham
Why you should care: Um, again with the all-star cast, the movie takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional family brought together by the death of its patriach. August: Osage County remains to this day the absolute best thing I have ever seen on Broadway, so if the movie is half as emotionally-devastating as the play…holy crap.
Release date: November 8, 2013
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jeremie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée
Why you should care: This film, about two young lesbian lovers, is called La Vie D’Adele in its native French. It also won the Palme D’Or both for its director and for both of its lead actors, which is a first for any film. Plus it’s NC-17, so you can feel edgy and cool while you watch it.
Release date: October 25, 2013
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Dallas Roberts, Jane McNeill
Why you should care: Another true story — this is the one that Matthew McConaughey lost all that weight for, to play a real life character struck by HIV. He’s pretty much guaranteed to get a nomination of some kind, and there are even rumors that Jared Leto might get one too, which would be…odd.
Release date: December 6, 2013
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Rob Brown
Why you should care: JGL’s directorial debut, in which he plays a man addicted to pornography trying to find intimacy with a real live woman, played by Scarlett Johansson. And we’ve been hearing about this one since it premiered at Sundance, so why don’t you take our advice for once?
Release date: September 27, 2013
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney
Why you should care: Oh you know, just the third film at TIFF (and on this list) starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This time he plays Julian Assange, the controversial man behind Wikileaks. It’s the least critically-acclaimed film on this list — getting a C+ from critics so far — but I have enough faith in my Benny boy to at least hear it out, so it stays. Plus it’s my first opportunity to see the traitor Dan Stevens post-Downton Abbey, and you know I can’t miss that.
Release date: October 11, 2013
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Basher Savage, Eric Michels
Why you should care: Everyone has been blowing themselves over this movie, you guys! Which is shocking to me, because for some reason I assumed it was a total dud. But it’s supposed to be a mind-blowing, heart-pounding thriller about two astronauts separated in space after debris collides with their spacecraft, and their struggle to get back to Earth.
Release date: October 4, 2013
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen
Why you should care: Another true story, this time about William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg and the spark that ignited the Beat Generation, specifically a murder at Columbia University in 1944. Also Harry Potter as a Muggle!
Release date: October 16, 2013
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, James Van Der Beek
Why you should care: Starring Kate Winslet as a single mom who picks up a hitchhiker only to find out he’s an escaped convict. Plus it’s directed by Jason Reitman, who’s glorious.
Release date: December 25, 2013
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis
Why you should care: Literally, because people told you to. This is another movie that I owe an apology, because our office was openly making fun of how similar it sounded to Taken. Which it definitely does. But apparently it’s better than that, because it’s getting great buzz.
Release date: September 20, 2013
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