Plenty of Austin-related or Austin-adjacent news out of the Toronto Film Festival:
— Based on early buzz, Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton as campaign consultants on either side of an election, could be Green’s biggest movie in years. Look for a trailer for it attached to the new drama “Black Mass.” (Both are distributed by Warner Bros.) Or you can watch the trailer here:
— Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama “The Program,” starring Ben Foster as Armstrong, sounds strong. However, reports indicate it is unlikely to cover ground untilled by Armstrong documentaries such as “Stop at Nothing” and “The Armstrong Lie.”
— Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated feature “Anomalisa” is being met with slightly stunned raves, while critics seem a bit surprised by the strength of “High Rise,” Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the underknown J.G. Ballard novel starring Tom Hiddleston. Both movies are screening at Fantastic Fest; those were clearly good gets for the festival, which kicks off its 11th year Thursday.