Toronto International Film Festival: Our Top Five Must-See Movies

From Joss Whedon's Shakespearean comedy to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time-travel drama, these flicks have us most excited for the fall festival.

As Hollywood heads north of the border for the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 6, we can’t help but get giddy over the list of films showing at the festival. From twisty time travel with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to a Dickensian drama starring Helena Bonham Carter, this year’s lineup couldn’t be more star-studded.

Here are the five movies we’re most excited about at the Toronto International Film Festival:

“Looper”
We’ve been anticipating Rian Johnson’s time travel mafia hitman flick for a while now and couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that it will open this year’s festival. The cast, which includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, already has bona-fide sci-fi cred, making this one movie you won’t want to miss.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Ever since the cast presented the trailer at the MTV Movie Awards, we’ve been wistfully reminiscing about our high school days (with rose-colored glasses, of course) in anticipation of this teen-angst flick. With Mae Whitman of “Arrested Development” and a post-”Potter” Emma Watson, this film is at the top of our must-see list.

“Much Ado About Nothing”
Joss Whedon’s already had a pretty good year, what with “The Avengers” breaking all sorts of box-office records earlier this summer. Obviously the next step after comic book blockbuster is a Shakespearean comedy complete with Whedon vet Nathan Fillion.

“Cloud Atlas”
Oscar winners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon are just a few of the big names lining movie posters for this film directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Based on David Mitchell’s epic novel that follows six story lines through different locales and eras — from 19th century Australia to post-apocalyptic Hawaii — we think the movie has epic blockbuster written all over it.

“Great Expectations”
As soon as we heard that Helena Bonham Carter signed on as Miss Havisham in Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations,” we’ve been counting down the days to its release. She’s the perfect actress for this cooky, haunted role and will bring pure movie magic to the silver screen.

Also check out Film.com’s look at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival Lineup.

What movies from the Toronto Film Festival are you most excited to see? Leave your comment below!