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Reviews of a Stephen King sequel, an old-style war movie and a fresh take on Christmas

Also fun amid the California wildfires (filmed in BC) and two film festivals, one new, one a regular

Portrait of the Artist as a Ripe 引き籠もり

vACT's upcoming "Kuroko" breaks Shigematsu out of his shell

Arnie is back again, Antonio portrays his director and Adolf does comedy (huh)?

Also an Israeli-Palestinian comedy, a superb movie about Vancouver, a standard biopic about an anti-slavery activist in the US and an English king’s story that Shakespeare already told us

Bangarra: 65,000 year old avant garde

Aboriginal troupe brings new salience to world's oldest cultures in Canadian premiere tour

Patriot Acts

Joel de la Fuente animates Sakata paean to a pacifist, anti-racist Happy Warrior

Differently abling the specially needy

Arts Club's Corcoran directs Citadel in Canada premiere of Pulitzer-winning "Cost of Living"

Footloose & fancy. Free?

Marjorie Chan's "China Doll" @ Gateway: #Time'sUp in late Qing Shanghai

Interdisciplinary entanglements

Inverso brings brings Telford's quantum energy to "Spooky Action" world premiere at Firehall

How the Fallen are Mighty

Emily Dorn's bravura Violetta carries Van Opera's latest "Traviata"

Will Smith and Eddie Murphy come back strong, Meryl Streep follows the money and one final VIFF pick

And there’s more: a scathing portrait of Trump’s role model and Xavier Dolan’s latest look at “friendship”