TIFF Daily: What's on September 8, 2014

Here’s what should be on your radar on day five (Sept. 8) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), from the buzziest screenings to the most happening parties!

Special Presentation: The Good Lie, 12:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

Based on a true story, Reese Witherspoon takes on another dramatic role (the first being the hotly anticipated Wild) as a philanthropic American woman who cares for four refugees during the Sudanese civil war in a film by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar).

Special Presentation: Cake, 2:30 p.m., Visa Screening Room

Jennifer Aniston's physical appearance for this role was as hotly discussed as the dramatic nature of the part itself. She plays a woman in a chronic pain support group who becomes interested in the suicide of a group mate. During her investigation, she develops a relationship with the partner of the deceased, played by Sam Worthington.

Special Presentation: Still Alice, 5 p.m., Visa Screening Room

Still Alice is an adaptation of a Lisa Genova novel of the same name. Julianne Moore plays a Columbia Professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and faces the struggles associated with acknowledgment and survival. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth.

Gala Presentation: Foxcatcher, 6 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo play brothers who are both former Olympic wrestling champions in Foxcatcher. It’s a true story that also features Steve Carell as a neurotic millionaire who sparks a friendship with the brothers that proves both ideal and unfavourable.

Gala Presentation: Wild, 9 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall

In her second premiere of the day, Reese Witherspoon stars as a recovering drug and sex addict battling her demons by taking a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Director Jean-Marc Vallée, who filmed last year’s TIFF hit Dallas Buyers Club, based the film on Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir.

Boys Night: Whiplash Premiere Party, 8 p.m., Thompson Hotel (By Invitation Only)

Thompson Toronto will host the star-studded Whiplash premiere party. Stars of the new Sony Pictures Classics film, including Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, will clink glasses on Thompson Toronto’s breathtaking rooftop alongside some of the biggest local and international names in film, fashion and entertainment.

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