10 Best Things We Saw at 2015 Toronto Film Festival

From muckraking journalists to marauding skinheads, the highlights of this year's premier film festival

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'Beasts of No Nation'
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5. 'Beasts of No Nation'

Do yourself a huge favor and try to catch Cary Fukunaga's devastating take on child soldiers in Africa on the big screen if you can. Yes, the Netflix-produced venture will be on the streaming site the same day as its theatrical release, but this is the kind of movie that benefits from a big canvas. Following a young boy (the amazing Abraham Attah — it's been a great fest for child-actor performances) who's recruited for killing by an anti-government rebel named Commandant (Idris Elba), this adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala's book takes a familiar story of innocence lost then flays viewers' sensibilities raw. As with his debut film Sin Nombre, Fukunaga in cultural-immersion mode here, and balances a sense of first-world curiosity with a dedication to doing justice to this story that's beyond compelling.  

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