TIFF: 5 under-the-radar picks
“The Humbling”: Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Diner”) has not directed a relevant feature since Bill Clinton was in office, but he did successfully bring Jack Kevorkian to the small screen in 2010’s HBO film “You Don’t Know Jack.” Al Pacino starred in the latter, and he takes the lead in this Philip Roth adaptation. The fine Greta Gerwig co-stars.
“A Little Chaos”: Severus Snape directs. Alan Rickman could not have found two more enticing stars for his historical drama: Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”).
“Love and Mercy”: Paul Dano and John Cusack play young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, in a biopic of the Beach Boys genius. Brilliant casting, or Mike Love-esque sabotage? We’ll find out soon enough.
“Pawn Sacrifice”: Tobey Maguire may have been miscast in “The Great Gatsby,” but he seems ideal to play American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer opposite Liev Schreiber’s Boris Spassky in this Edward Zwick-helmed docudrama.
“The Riot Club”: If you love nasty, class-conscious British dramas (or if you love the classic “If …”), “Riot” could be your “Hunger Games.” Like that dystopian, zeitgeist-capturing favorite, “Riot” features young people forced to do awful things to survive in a fearsome place – in this case, Oxford.