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MMA Crossfire – TIFF 2014 martial arts film guide

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) starts tomorrow September 4th and runs through September 14th.

It’s the biggest festival in the world not named Cannes.

Hundreds of movie stars will be in town for the occasion and as always, the steak and the sizzle will be there for all to soak in.

We took a quick peek at some of the combat-sports based flicks and fortunately, there is plenty to check out as well.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Left to right: Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz and Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz
Photo by Scott Garfield, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Monday, September 8th 6:00pm ET Roy Thomson Hall – PREMIUM

Tuesday September 9th 12:00pm ET – Princess of Wales Theatre

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Image courtesy Sony Pictures.

Foxcatcher stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. It’s based on true events of the relationships between a millionaire and two champion wrestlers. One of the more anticipated films at TIFF this year.


The Dead Lands


Thursday September 4th 9pm ET Ryerson

Friday September 5th 12pm ET Bloor hot Docs Ciinema

Friday September 12th 8:45pm ET Scotiabank Theatre 1

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This is a majestic martial arts epic based in pre-colonial New Zealand! It stars James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare and is directed by Toa Fraser.



Sunday September 7th, 11:45am ET – Scotiabank 5

Papa Machete is an American short film about the masters of Tire Machet – an indigenous martial art developed by Haitian slaves to combat Napoleon’s faction. Directed by Jonathan David Kane and  presented in the Creole language, it stars Alfred Avil, Jean -Paul Avril, Roland Avril, and Mike Rogers.

Papa Machete
Image courtesy Third Horizon Media

It was funded entirely by Kickstarter!

Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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