Despite having a stacked cast of professionals, the Canadian caper comedy The Art of the Steal is a lighthearted comedy told with a lack of style and colour and a plot that never really adds up to anything interesting.
The first batch of films for this year's Toronto International Film Festival were announced this morning - including opening night film The Fifth Estate - and here's a look at what cinephiles have to look forward to starting this September the 5th.
Another busy week at the video store as Battleship blasts its way onto home video, alongside Starship Troopers: Invasion, some Can-con with Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster and A Beginner's Guide to Endings, the documentary sequel Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the genuinely funny horror comedy A Little Bit Zombie, and the God awful "horror comedy" Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
Feeling a bit like an unholy cross between The Royal Tenenbaums and Snatch, first time Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Sobol's A Beginner's Guide to Endings can pummel viewers with its style, and not all the jokes hit, but it establishes the director as one to watch in the future.
We talked to the director Jonathan Sobol about the Canadian indie A Beginner's Guide to Endings about the film's conception, it's stacked cast (including JK Simmons and Harvey Keitel), and his plans for the future.