Toronto Film Festival to Include Films by Chris Rock and Noah Baumbach

Bill Pohlad, the film financier, directs a biopic, "Love & Mercy," about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who is played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack. Noah Baumbach writes and directs a story of aging and ambition, called "While We're Young." Chris Rock goes one better: He writes, directs and stars in "Top Five," about a New York City comedian-turned-movie star.

All three films will have world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, the festival announced on Tuesday, and are among 59 movies set for galas and special presentations at the festival, which runs from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14.

The festival listed 37 world premieres in its announcement, including three films set for release by Warner Bros. Those are David Dobkin's "The Judge," in which Robert Downey Jr. defends his estranged father in a murder investigation; "The Good Lie" from Philippe Falardeau, in which Reese Witherspoon joins young Sudanese actors in a story about war and survival; and Shawn Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," which stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and others in a dramedy about death in the family.

In a potentially weird match-up, Tobey Maguire is the chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who plays mind games with Liev Schreiber, as his rival Boris Spassky, in Edward Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice," another of the premieres. And Jason Reitman, a Toronto festival regular, will bring the premiere of his "Men, Women and Children," a Paramount Pictures film about teens and parents, with Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler in starring roles.


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by Michael Cieply - nytimes.com