TIFF: ‘Brighton,’ ‘Virginia’ bow, ‘Super’ picked up

Posted by · 5:10 pm · September 12th, 2010

At Toronto today, a hand handful of distribution-seeking films hit and one potential cult favorite found a home.  Let’s dig in…

One film looking for a distributor that we’ve had an eye on as a potential awards play for supporting actress Andrea Riseborough is Rowan Joffe’s Graham Green’s  “Brighton Rock.” But The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Bennett largely criticizes a “bloated score” that he says “overwhelms” the narrative.  But he had nice things to say about Riseborough by noting that she “adds to the film’s appeal.”  (See a new clip from the film after the jump.)

The Jennifer Connelly-starrer “What’s Wrong with Virginia,” from “Milk” writer (and Oscar-winner) Dustin Lance Black, also screened.  Jeffrey Wells “didn’t give a damn about the angry rurals in Black’s world” and walked out of the screening.  The Film Stage’s Jordan Raup, meanwhile, called it “Solondz-lite,” and despite good things to say about Connelly’s performance, said the film “didn’t really come together.”  And Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir found it to be an unstable mix of “American Beauty” and “Blue Velvet.”

And in the acquisitions department, James Gunn’s “Super” (which was well received at a midnight screening Friday night) has been picked up by IFC Films for its IFC Midnight banner.

Meanwhile, the “127 Hours” public premiere was reportedly greeted with a massive standing ovation.  Watch out.

Still to come, the official review embargo will lift on Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” at around midnight, following the 9:00pm public screening.  We’ll know then whether the slew of negative knee-jerk reactions was on the money or if the film settles differently with others.

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  • 1 9-12-2010 at 5:20 pm

    Marshall1 said...

    Didn’t know Helen Mirren is in Brighton Rock! What a surprise! Actually I love the clip, with the jarring banging contrasted with the hush talking….

  • 2 9-12-2010 at 5:54 pm

    Drew said...

    Guess I can cross What’s Wrong with Virginia off my must-see list.

    I don’t thnik I’ve ever walked out of a movie theater before.

  • 3 9-12-2010 at 6:01 pm

    Liz said...

    Jeff Wells doesn’t care about characters who aren’t sophisticated urban-dwellers?

    Color me stunned.

  • 4 9-12-2010 at 6:30 pm

    Bradley said...

    The score of Brighton Rock was the thing that stood out to me the most as being awesome in the footage we were shown at Movie Con, the director reiterating that as Pinky doesn’t like pop music, it would be a betrayal of the character to litter the film with 60’s songs, hence the orchestral score. I thought it seemed pretty superb.

  • 5 9-12-2010 at 6:59 pm

    Drew said...

    Off-topic but a pair of polar opposite first reviews for Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter



  • 6 9-12-2010 at 8:52 pm

    Josh said...

    Following up on Drew’s comment, James Rocchi walked out of Hereafter and Erik Childress echoed the “Eastwood’s worst” comment, as seen on Twitter.

  • 7 9-12-2010 at 8:56 pm

    Eric said...

    Well, Helen Mirren looks like the stand-out supporting actress here. Dark horse nominee?

  • 8 9-12-2010 at 9:22 pm

    hopeless pedant said...

    Variety and Hollywood Reporter’s reviews of Hereafter are both favorable to very favorable.

  • 9 9-12-2010 at 9:30 pm

    hopeless pedant said...


    Maybe for 2011.Brighton Road has no US distributor, almost certainly won’t qualidy for 2010.

  • 10 9-13-2010 at 12:25 am

    Rob said...

    I was at the “127 Hours” screening tonight, and not to discount the crowd’s reaction (I liked the film, but wasn’t in love), but they were ready to give this movie a standing-O from the get-go. Half the aud stood up for Boyle upon him INTRODUCING the film, and having Aron Ralston in attendance and on stage didn’t hurt either. Having seen the film, I’m not convinced it’s a lock for a best picture nod, but Franco will certainly be in the top 5 for Actor.

    And in response to the people who passed out at Telluride watching the movie, and those who said it was other non-movie factors: someone started having a fit during “the sequence” tonight, and someone called out for a doctor. I’m starting to wonder if this is going to be a recurring event with this film..

  • 11 9-13-2010 at 1:24 am

    interstellar said...

    I thought critics never walked out of a movie…because to review a movie you have to…you know…see it…
    I’m so naive.

  • 12 9-13-2010 at 1:31 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Interstellar: Of course a critic shouldn’t formally review a film they walked out of. But there’s nothing wrong with a critic stating what drove them to walk out in the first place.

  • 13 9-13-2010 at 2:18 am

    jen said...

    How lame of Mirren to emulate so shamelessly Jude Law circa 2004 ! Kiddin’, the more the better

  • 14 9-13-2010 at 3:14 pm

    McAllister said...

    I don’t consider “Solondz-like” to be high praise… at all.