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TIFF 2019: 5 great movies that flew under the radar

Plenty of buzzy films premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival — this year, that included Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. But the festival programs hundreds of movies, which means that some noteworthy ones can fly beneath the radar.

It’s impossible to see everything at the festival, and many deserving films are still waiting for distribution and release. But here are five movies we saw at TIFF this year that are worth looking for in the months ahead: two documentaries, one period comedy, one drama, and a chilling religious horror film.

Bad Education

Hugh Jackman in Bad Education.

Hugh Jackman in Bad Education.
Courtesy of TIFF

Bad Education was one of the surprise delights of TIFF, a tale of intrigue and larceny in the most drab of locations: a Long Island public school district. Based on a true story from the early aughts and directed by Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds), the film stars Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone, superintendent of the fourth-best school district in the state of New York. Tassone soon finds himself at the center of a massive fraud investigation thanks in part to reporting by a student journalist (Geraldine Viswanathan).

Bad Education expertly traces the effects of pressure placed on administrators and faculty. And because a complex set of factors (along with some good old-fashioned theft) lead to scandals like the one in Bad Education, this story is unlikely to be the last of

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