Paul Rudd

Toronto 2017: Films by Darren Aronofsky, Angelina Jolie and Guillermo del Toro top a quality-over-quantity lineup

The Toronto International Film festival will slim down its lineup this year by about 20%, hoping to remove some of the bloat that lately has made the festival a comprehensive but dizzying affair.

But if the quantity of the films has decreased, the quality of the filmmakers included has not: new movies by Darren Aronofsky (genre tale “Mother!”), Alexander Payne (magical-realist class picture “Downsizing”) and Guillermo del Toro (creature-feature drama “The Shape of Water”) will all play the post-Labor Day gathering.

The festival also will showcase a trio of movies from prominent actors-turned-directors, organizers announced Tuesday. Among them are George Clooney’s home-invasion...

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