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Patti Cake$

This infectious first feature by director Geremy Jasper showcases a lot of newcomers, making the whole package a fresh experience.

Souvenir | Toronto 2016

Isabelle Huppert is having a singular career. She appeared in three films this year in Toronto, including this lighter-than-air musical melodrama.

Miss Sharon Jones!

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple follows singer Sharon Jones on her journey through cancer and recovery, catching glimpses of a stalwart trouper knocked off balance.

The Idol

A biopic of Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, star of Arab Idol, and his bumpy road to success.

I Saw the Light

The biopic checks off all the major highlights of country singer/songwriter Hank Williams’s life—to a point.

Straight Outta Compton

“What does N.W.A. stand for, huh? No whites allowed?” So asks Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), as he sets out to manage what would become one of the most important hip-hop acts of all time: Niggaz Wit Attitudes. N.W.A. was a supergroup in reverse, with many of its members becoming solo stars after it broke up. […]

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Directed by William Gazecki Produced and Written by Susan and Lloyd Ecker Released by Menemsha Films USA. 96 min. Not rated The Outrageous Sophie Tucker takes a breezy, mostly chronological tour through the on- and off-stage life of the singular entertainer, whose singing career extended from the birth of vaudeville to the rise of television. […]

Eden

Directed by Mia Hansen-Love Produced by Charles Gillibert Written by Hansen-Love and Sven Hansen-Love Music by Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Hunter, and MK Released by Broad Green Pictures English and French with English subtitles France. 131 min. Not rated With Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Hugo Conzelmann, Arsinée Khanjian, and […]

Love & Mercy

Directed by Bill Pohlad Produced by Pohlad, John Wells, and Claire Rudnick Polstein Written by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner Released by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions USA. 120 min. Rated PG-13 With John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Brett Davern, Bill Camp, and Jake Abel The opening montage of this intriguing biopic breezily goes […]