Cinema Chat: Toronto International Film Festival best films, ‘Blonde,’ ‘Moonage Daydream,’ and more



For moviegoers targeted by more serious fall entertainment:


“Moonage Daydream” – OPENS TODAY IN THE STATE

A 2022 documentary about English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The film uses never-before-seen footage from Bowie’s personal archives, including live concert footage. It is the first film to be officially licensed by Bowie’s estate and takes its title from Bowie’s 1971 song of the same name. It had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews.

The film sheds light on the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time. Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s feature film (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Cobain: Montage of Heck”) explores the creative, musical, experiential cinematic odyssey and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film about the artist. A cinematic odyssey exploring Bowie’s creative, spiritual and musical journey. The film features 40 exclusively remastered Bowie songs and is the first film ever sanctioned by the Bowie Estate, with local access to the artists’ archives.


A 2022 American historical psychological drama adapted from the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, it is a fictionalized version of the life and career of American actress Marilyn Monroe played by Ana de Armas. The cast also includes Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel and Julianne Nicholson. It had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jean, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, the film blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the growing divide between her public and private selves.

“Don’t Worry Darling” – OPENS TODAY IN THE STATE

A 2022 American psychological thriller film directed by Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) from a screenplay by Katie Silberman, based on a story by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke and Silberman. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine.

Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky enough to live in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town home to the men who work for the top-secret Victory project and their families. The 1950s societal optimism embraced by their CEO, Frank – part corporate visionary and part driven life coach – anchors every aspect of daily life in the tightly woven desert utopia. While the husbands spend each day inside the Victory Project headquarters, working on “progressive materials development”, their wives – including Frank’s stylish partner, Shelley – spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs being met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and an unconditional commitment to the cause of Victory. But when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something far more sinister lurking beneath the attractive facade, Alice can’t help but wonder exactly what they’re up to.

“Catherine Called Birdy” – OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT STATE

A 2022 medieval comedy written and directed by Lena Dunham, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman. It stars Bella Ramsey as the title character, alongside Andrew Scott, Billie Piper, Joe Alwyn, Dean-Charles Chapman, Ralph Ineson and Russell Brand. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The year 1290? In the medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and Lady Aislinn. His playground is Stonebridge Manor, a home that, like the family, has seen better days. Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his way out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all great teenage heroines, is feisty, smart and adventurous and ready to fend off any suitor who calls in increasingly resourceful ways. Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the vilest suitor of all arrives, they face the ultimate test of love for their daughter.



After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story told by Allison as superstitious, Max accidentally releases a group of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who lived in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, children must steal the witches’ spell book to prevent them from becoming immortal.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 IN MICHIGAN

In this cult classic, lovers Brad and Janet are stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the strange mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, they come across a house full of wild characters. Featured with a live ‘shadow cast’ scene by The Leather Medusas. Costumes are encouraged!


In this classic silent horror flick, the mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote castle in Transylvania. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing his wife Ellen is in grave danger. Silent film with live organ accompaniment.

NT Live: “Frankenstein” – AIRS MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 7:30 PM IN MICHIGAN

Directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle, this production of “Frankenstein” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein and His Creation and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and His Creation.

Cinema Made in Italy (Thursdays in September in Michigan)

Tribute to Italian Cinema – Film and Food Festival (Thursdays at the State)


“See how they work”

A 2022 mystery comedy film directed by Tom George and written by Mark Chappell, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson and David Oyelowo. In 1950s London’s West End, plans for a film version of a hit play come to a screeching halt after a key member of the team is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and enthusiastic rookie agent Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take charge, the two find themselves thrown into a confusing whodunit in the glamorous and sordid underground theater, investigating on the mysterious homicide at their peril.

“The Woman King”

This is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skill and ferocity unparalleled anywhere in the world. Inspired by true events, the film follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar® winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and prepares them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. . Some things are worth fighting for… From director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) and also starring John Boyega (“Star Wars”) and Lashana Lynch (“No Time to Die”).

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