As the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival starts to wind down, the trends of this year's movie lineup begin to emerge. From brilliant people to homecomings to scary settings, here are a few of the major themes to come out of TIFF this year.
Biopics involving great geniuses in various fields have been a big theme this year. "The Imitation Game" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as persecuted WWII codebreaker and father of the computer Alan Turing; "The Theory of Everything" features Eddie Redmayne as disabled astrophysicist Stephen Hawking; "Pawn Sacrifice" stars Tobey Maguire as elusive U.S. chess master Bobby Fischer; and "Mr. Turner" centers on the life of famed British painter JMW Turner (Timothy Spall). Unsurprisingly, these misanthropic performances have all earned their respective portrayers critical raves and serious awards season talk. If there’s one thing Hollywood understands, it’s good acting.
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