A pair of brilliant British scientists, a troubled woman searching for answers along the Pacific Crest Trail and a drunken curmudgeon turned unlikely father figure are among the diverse characters populating the buzzed-about movies at this year's
With the festival winding down Sunday, here's a look at which films are getting noticed and when they're coming to a theater near you.
Bill Murray has been the toast of the festival, which declared Sept. 5 to be Bill Murray Day. The 63-year-old actor has earned strong notices for his performance in first-time feature filmmaker Theodore Melfi's dramatic comedy about a cranky Vietnam vet who finds meaning in his life while looking after his neighbor's 12-year-old boy.
"The Theory of Everything"
Director James Marsh's biopic about the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (
Focus Features will release the film Nov. 7.
One of the most talked-about performances at the festival has been
"Still Alice" is seeking U.S. distribution.
Paramount Pictures acquired "Top Five" for worldwide distribution; a release date has yet to be announced.
"The Imitation Game"
Toronto's other British-genius biopic tells the story of the mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing (
The Weinstein Co. will release "The Imitation Game" on Nov. 21.
Fox Searchlight Pictures will release "Wild" on Dec. 5.
Open Road Films will release the film Nov. 7.
After starring in
"Nightcrawler" will hit theaters on Halloween from Open Road.
"While We're Young"
The New York-based indie distributor A24 has acquired "While We're Young," with a release date yet to be announced.
"Love & Mercy"
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired North American rights to "Love & Mercy." A release date has not been announced.
"Time Out of Mind"
Another Moverman movie, this one directed by him as well, "Time Out of Mind" stars Richard Gere as a homeless man wandering the streets of New York and trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Gere's committed, transformative performance at this stage of his distinguished career could appeal to awards voters, though the film does not yet have a release date.
"Time Out of Mind" is seeking U.S. distribution.
"Tales of the
British documentarian Nick Broomfield's film delves into the chilling case of the South Los Angeles serial killer known as "The Grim Sleeper," so named because of the long period of inactivity between some of his crimes. The film is a portrait of both Lonnie Franklin Jr., the man charged with the murders, and the community he terrorized.
HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. rights to "The Grim Sleeper," which is to debut on HBO in 2015.