Viola Davis, left, and Cynthia Erivo in a scene from Steve McQueen's heist film "Widows."
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The Toronto International Film Festival is an overwhelming omnibus of moviegoing that every year, through an onslaught of Oscar contenders and cinematic feasts, reflects the world around us.McQueen's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" has the trappings of a genre movie. For McQueen, it's a movie about today.The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival began Thursday with the premiere of David Mackenzie's Robert the Bruce epic "Outlaw King," one of eight Netflix original films at the festival.Films directed by women make up 36 percent of this year's lineup, TIFF's highest percentage.Some of the most high-profile premieres are headlined by actresses, including Viola Davis ("Widows"), Nicole Kidman ("Destroyer"), Julia Roberts ("Homecoming") and Natalie Portman ("Vox Lux").Added to the mix will be Felix Van Groeningen's father-son addiction drama "Beautiful Boy," with Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, and Moore's anticipated Trump documentary.Moore believes his film, which examines the roads leading to what he sees as a frightfully perilous moment for America, will connect with audiences unlike any of his previous documentaries. Some of this year's top titles include "The Wedding Guest," with Dev Patel; "American Woman," with Sienna Miller; "Skin," with Jamie Bell as a neo-Nazi; and Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaption of James Frey's controversial memoir "A Million Little Pieces".
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