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The Reel Critic’s Top Toronto International Film Festival Picks

Written by on September 26, 2022

Reggie “The Reel Critic” Ponder recommends a few of his favorite screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival.

This past week, Reggie Ponder attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the first time — and he brought some recommendations back with him…


From director Regibald Hudlin, Sidney is a documentary capturing the life and legacy of actor Sidney Poitier. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the film provides an informative and emotional look into the world of the first Black nominee to win the Academy Award for best actor. Sidney is out now, and is available for streaming on Apple TV+.

On the Come Up

On the Come Up, directed by Sanaa Lathan, is a coming of age film speaking to the hopes and dreams of young rappers. The film follows 16-year old battle rapper Bri on her musical journey and is based on Angie Thomas’ novel of the same name. On the Come Up released in theaters on September 23. 

A Jazzman’s Blues

After playing the part of Madea for over a decade, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry is revisiting his first written script with A Jazzman’s Blues. In it, Perry uses a young love story to explore the racial climate of the deep south in the ‘50s. As the name suggests, the film also showcases some of the incredible music from the era. A Jazzman’s Blues is out now and available for streaming on Netflix.

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Written by Makenzie Creden

Show hosted and produced by Reggie Ponder

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