After last year’s events were all affected by COVID-19, the fall film-festival season is back in somewhat full swing in Venice, Telluride and now Toronto (running through Sept. 18), which is a hybrid in-person/online affair this year. Whatever the presentation, the Toronto fest has played hosted to the last six best-picture winners, including 2021’s “Nomadland.” So all eyes are going to be on the hottest movies, including the movie musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” with Jessica Chastain, the sci-fi epic “Dune” and “Spencer,” which has won Kristen Stewart raves so far as Princess Diana.
Like the 2020 edition, we’ll be watching from afar and keeping readers up to date on the coolest stuff we see (ranked, of course):
8. ‘Mothering Sunday’
Talky and a little bland but full of young love (and steamy early 20th-century sexual energy), director Eva Husson’s well-acted period drama stars Odessa Young as Jane Fairchild, an English house maid to a high-class couple (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman) who gets time off on a particularly nice Mother’s Day in 1924. She meets up with her secret lover Paul (Josh O’Connor), a dude working at a nearby manor house who’s engaged to his posh childhood friend (Emma D’Arcy). There’s not nearly…