What to Stream: Previous Toronto International Film Festival Entries That Won Rave Reviews

Canada is currently hosting the Toronto International Film Festival. Nearly 300 different movies will be played, 139 of which will be making their world premiere. Unlike other festivals, Toronto’s doesn’t have a jury and is generally noncompetitive. That being said, it does hand one award to the film with the best rating by those in attendance. If you’re looking to watch some stellar films, why not stream the past three winners of the People’s Choice Award?

12 Years a Slave

In 2013 this movie would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, this historical epic tells the tale of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Held in captivity in Louisiana for 12 years, he endures unspeakable horrors as he desperately tries to return to his family in New York. 12 Years a Slave is available to rent on iTunes.

The Imitation Game

In 2014 another drama based on real historical events walked away the winner. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley co-starred as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, two brilliant minds under the employ of the British government tasked with the seemingly impossible goal of deciphering German intelligence codes. It was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Director. The Imitation Game is free to stream with a subscription to Showtime.


And finally, in 2015 an indie novel adaptation was the big crowd pleaser. It stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as a mother and son who must figure out how to escape a locked room where they’re being held captive by Old Nick, a sadistic man who kidnapped Larson’s character as a teen. She would win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a SAG Award for her performance. Room is available to rent on Amazon.

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