Christopher Schobert

[TIFF Review] Philomena

Philomena arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival from its world premiere Venice waving a flag that read “crowd-pleasing,” and that can be a scary pr...

[TIFF Review] Prisoners

Prisoners might be the most shockingly dark studio release since Fight Club, a grim, unsettling, occasionally convoluted, but undeniably gripping thriller. The ...

[TIFF Review] 12 Years a Slave

As the end credits rolled during TIFF's first press and industry screening of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, a peculiar thing occurred: very few people moved...

[TIFF Review] Sarah Prefers to Run

You have never seen a main character quite like the eponymous heroine of Sarah Prefers to Run, a smart, unique, semi-satisfying Toronto International Film Festi...

[TIFF Review] Wasted Youth

Wasted Youth is a curious concoction, a disaffected-teens drama with tragic consequences that feels a bit too familiar, yet mostly succeeds thanks to its settin...

[Review] Paul Williams: Still Alive

The title Paul Williams: Still Alive is either the meanest or the most life-affirming in recent documentary history, and after watching Stephen Kessler’s film a...

[TIFF Review] Byzantium

There’s a moment in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium when the strange family unit — mother Clara, daughter Eleanor, and new “boyfriend” Noel — watch what seems to be an ...

Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic and writer for The Film Stage and a regular contributor to The Buffalo News, The Playlist, and Buffalo Spree magazine. He lives in Buffalo, NY, blogs (every so often) at FilmSwoon.com, and is also known as dad to Evan and Nora.