Yes, I know, the name Aaron Sorkin doesn’t exactly inspire the flutters and enthusiasm it did, a decade or so ago. But just a reminder: he’s sort of the reverse Louis C.K., in that people mostly turned on him on account of Studio 60 and (especially) The Newsroom, but his screenplays for The Social Network, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs were top-shelf (and, in the case of Network, Oscar-winning) stuff. He makes his directorial debut with this based-on-a-true-story account of the world’s most exclusive poker game – and the woman who ran it, played by Jessica Chastain. Idris Elba co-stars, making this officially the most attractive movie at TIFF.
The Death of Stalin
Between The Thick of It and Veep, Armondo Ianucci made In the Loop, one of the sharpest and most savage political satires of all time. After departing Veep, he went back to movie-making, co-writing and directing this period comedy based on Fabien Nury’s graphic novel (and, y’know, history). The trailer is a scream and the cast is to die for: Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Toby Kebbell, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, and the ubiquitous comedy stylings of Mr. Jeffrey Tambor.