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The ups and downs of having the Toronto Film Festival at your fingertips

My screening companion ditched me about 15 minutes into Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart's "Wolfwalkers," a captivating animated feature that turned out to be one of the highlights of my 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Not hers, though. What can I say? One person's treasure - in this case, a 17th century Irish fantasy about a plucky young girl and a pack of gorgeously shape-shifting wolves - can be another person's terror. Here is where I should probably note that the screening venue was my living room, my companion is 4 years old and the movie - a thrilling reminder that hand-drawn animation needn't be cute or cuddly - featured just a few too many crossbows, guns and lupine growls for her taste.

For those of us watching from afar, this year's festival - kids or no kids, wolves or no wolves - was a TIFF like no other. In normal times, Toronto is a massive cultural and commercial undertaking that attracts thousands of moviegoers, journalists and industry professionals and, along with

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