Toronto: What we're excited about

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Come September, nothing excites Team Film more than the Toronto International Film Festival, beginning tomorrow. We're packing our bags and doing a zillion other things in our usual headless-chicken dance (perhaps a dance similar to Natalie Portman's strutting in the forthcoming Black Swan). Watch for our daily updates from the fest: I'll be posting reviews of all the highly anticipated movies (and more!), while my illustrious colleague, David Fear, will be contributing Q&As with the hot talent. After the jump: an extremely opinionated list of the five movies I'm most stoked for. Black Swan Darren Aronofsky's last film, The Wrestler, was my favorite of its year. I understand this one, a psychodrama about competing ballerinas, takes him a stylish step closer to Requiem for a Dream. Yay. The Ward Or, if we're being sticklers, John Carpenter's The Ward—which should tell you why I'm excited. It's his first film in ten years, and even though Carpenter is wildly unpredictable, he always has greatness in his grasp. I actually just rewatched The Thing. Again. Cave of Forgotten Dreams A new documentary by Werner Herzog always gets my juices flowing, especially if he narrates it. This one, about ancient cave paintings, is in 3-D. Yes, that was the sound of my head exploding. 127 Hours Say what you will about Slumdog Millionaire, I still think of Danny Boyle as the genius behind Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. His new one, a hiking misadventure, stars cryptic cutup James Franco. Our Day Will Come The feature debut of France's Romain Gavras (he shot M.I.A.'s trippy, upsetting "Born Free" video) is also about hunting redheads. What is it with you and gingers, Romain? I'll get to the bottom of it.

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