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December 31, 2013 06:00 ET

NOW Magazine Names the Top 25 Toronto Films

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 31, 2013) - What's the best Toronto movie ever made? Find out in the January 2 issue of NOW Magazine on the streets Monday, December 30th. In the spirit of last year's blockbuster 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever feature, NOW names, in order, the 25 most important Toronto movies as chosen by our expert film team.

Will Cronenberg's Crash make the number one spot? Perhaps Patricia Rozema's I've Heard The Mermaids Singing. Where does Don McKellar fit in? Or Atom Egoyan? Who has the most movies on the list?

What makes a Toronto film? "This is not a list of the best movies made by Toronto directors. It's a list of movies that we feel best reflect the city's issues, its locations and its essence," says Susan G. Cole, senior entertainment editor.

The list spans genres and decades, from the 60s to the post-millennium. Each entry gets an extended appreciation written by one of NOW's film columnists: senior film writer Norman Wilner, senior entertainment editor Susan G. Cole, online editor John Semley and film editor Glenn Sumi.

Also included in the issue: interviews with directors about how they filmed their most evocative scenes, plus the best films made in Toronto but not set here. Remember those shots of rappelling along City Hall in Resident Evil: Apocalypse?

See attached for the full list of films.

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NOW Magazine Names The Top 25 Toronto Films

1. LAST NIGHT (Don McKellar, 1998)
2. YOU ARE HERE (Daniel Cockburn, 2010)
3. GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD (Donald Shebib, 1970)
4. VIDEODROME (David Cronenberg, 1983)
5. EMPZ 4 LIFE (Allan King, 2006)
7. I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING (Patricia Rozema, 1987)
8. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright, 2010)
9. CRASH (David Cronenberg, 1996)
10. TRIGGER (Bruce McDonald, 2010)
11. MONKEY WARFARE (Reginald Harkema, 2006)
12. TAXI! (Barry Greenwald, 1982)
13. TAKE THIS WALTZ (Sarah Polley, 2011)
14. TOWER (Kazik Radwanski, 2012)
15. THE SILENT PARTNER (Daryl Duke, 1978)
16. THE KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY (Kelly Makin, 1996)
17. WINTER KEPT US WARM (David Secter, 1965)
18. RUDE (Clement Virgo, 1995)
19. THE ADVENTURES OF BOB & DOUG MCKENZIE: STRANGE BREW (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, 1983)
20. OWNING MAHOWNY (Richard Kwietniowski, 2003)
21. SABAH (Ruba Nadda, 2005)
22. I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM (David Wellington, 1993)
23. OUTRAGEOUS! (Richard Benner, 1977)
24. HEAVEN ON EARTH (Deepa Mehta, 2008)
25. CHLOE (Atom Egoyan, 2009)

Contact Information

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