|TIFF - film festival in Toronto|
Classic cinema buffs will want to check out the first screening of Hitchcock/Traffaut (6:30 PM, Scotiabank 14), while those with an interest in contemporary movies should plan to see the first screening of Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul (6:00 PM, Ryerson Theatre).
If you want to get TIFF started with a bang, there's also the opening night gala for Demolition (8:00 PM, Roy Thomson Hall), or the world premiere of Michael Moore's anticipated new documentary, Where to Invade Next (9:30 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre).
A day of first screenings. Documentary lovers should check out In Jackson Heights (2:15PM, Jackman Hall), while those with adventurous tastes in cinema should see The Lobster (3:00 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre).
Dheepan (9:00 PM, VISA Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre) is a must, as it won Palme d'Or at Cannes. Or, if you're partial to star-studded casts, there's the premium screening of the world premiere of The Martian (9:30, Roy Thomson Hall).
Start your first TIFF weekend with some Emily Blunt and the second and final screening of Sicario (11:00 AM, VISA Screening Room in the Elgin Theatre). Maggie Smith fans would do well to check out the world premiere of The Lady in the Van (2:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1).
If you're eager to watch another remarkable woman, there's the international premiere of documentary He Named Me Malala (2:15 PM, Ryerson Theatre), about the recent Nobel prize winner. And for your daily dose of glamour, there's the premium screening of Legend (9:30 PM, Roy Thomson Hall) with Tom Hardy.
For those looking to catch some potentially Oscar-worthy performances, there's Michael Caine in the already beloved Youth (10:30 AM, Winter Garden Theatre) or Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl (12:00 PM, Roy Thomson Hall).
Today is the best day to see Tom Hiddleston in High-Rise (9:30 PM, VISA Screening Room), because the screening will feature an extended Q&A after the movie.
It's also a good day to see the premium screening of Freeheld (9:30, Roy Thomson Hall), so you can be the first to talk about how maybe this movie will earn Julianne Moore a second Oscar. Don't overlook Foreign Oscar contender The Assassin either.
A good day to see some of the buzzed about book adaptations at the festival this year: you can either catch the 1950s-set Brooklyn (11:00 AM, Winter Garden Theatre), or the last screening of The Beasts of No Nation (12:00 PM, Roy Thomson Hall) with Idris Elba.
If you haven't already, be sure to also start meeting your Canadian cinema quota with the last showing of gangster film, Beeba Boys (2:30 PM, Scotiabank). Finally, for those wanting to get in early on the Oscar buzz action, there's the premium screening of the star-studded Spotlight (6:00 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre).
Johnny Depp has become such a mediocre actor, it's hard not to want to see Black Mass (2:45 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre) just to see if there's hope for him still. Book lovers should also see the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's harrowing novel, Room (6:00 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre), which gets its premium screening.
If you like your cinema in extremes, there's the first showing of the much-discussed sexually explicit drama Love 3D (8:45 PM, Ryerson Theatre), or the highly anticipated horror film The Devil's Candy (6:45 PM, Scotiabank 9).
You should not miss the first screening of Anomalisa (11:00 AM, VISA Screening Room), the stop motion animated fable from Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
You can actually make today a "Inventive Cinema" day by adding the first screenings of Victoria (5:30 PM, Ryerson Theatre) a bank heist movie done entirely in one shot, or the Sliding Doors-like romance, Right Now, Wrong Then (8:30 PM, Scotiabank 1).
Premium ticket buyers will want to see Donald and Kiefer Sutherland share the screen (and red carpet) with the world premiere of Forsaken (9:30 PM, Roy Thomson Hall).
The last screening of My Internship in Canada (12:00 PM, Ryerson Theatre), a satire of Canadian politics, is an excellent choice at this stage in the festival when too many heavy dramas can make one feel a bit depressed. Or, if you don't need a boost, there's the second-to-last screening of Je Suis Charlie (9:15 PM, Scotiabank 9), which is bound to be talked about.
Must-watch Taxi (5:00 PM, Winter Garden Theatre) also gets its first screening today, as does period biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity (6:30 PM, Roy Thomson Hall) with its premium world premiere screening.
If you're a genre fan, this is your day. Enjoy some martial arts with SPL 2 - A Time For Consequence
(3:30 PM, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema), dive into some horror with the first screening of The Witch (6:15 PM, Ryerson Theatre) then wrap-up with a Midnight Madness screening of Yakuza Apocalypse (11:59 PM, Ryerson Theatre).
Don't like genre? Then the North American premiere of Julie Delpy's French comedy Lolo (6:30 PM, Roy Thomson Hall) is a must.
If you're looking for a true cinematic challenge, you can marathon all three volumes - that's almost seven hours - of Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights (11:45, Jackman Hall). If your derriere can't handle that, be sure to watch the last screenings of the Lance Armstrong biopic The Program (4:30 PM, Winter Garden Theatre) or the exploration of the Louvre in Francophonia (9:15 PM, Scotiabank 2).
Those with premium tickets can also get the chance to see the closing night film, Mr. Right (6:30 PM, Princess of Wales Theatre), starring the always charming Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell.
The final day of the festival is a good time to sneak in the great, smaller movies you didn't get a chance to see earlier. For the somber, be sure to see Sunset Song (12:15 PM, Isabel Bader Theatre). For something more light-hearted, see Maggie's Plan (3:00 PM, Ryerson Theatre).
For something more... odd... check out Men & Chicken (3:30 PM, Scotiabank 1). And for those looking for a fun horror movie to close off the fest, there's The Final Girls (5:00 PM, Scotiabank 4).