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The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong...
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Fantasmes à bout de souffle
Check Your Privilege @ Gateway, Arts Club
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too...
Marcus King Band brings Southern Blues North of the border...
Wrinkles in the mind
Notes from (deeeep) Underground
Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah...
Pillars of salt that sing and dance
The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong documentaries and a boy’s space adventure in Terra Willy
Canada’s Screen Awards got their nominations out, and right, this week. One of the top nominees is a drama that shows a real slice of life here in Vancouver. The Body Remembers When the World Broke...
Feb 21st, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too restrained, Sonic the Hedgehog, fun times
Also Downhill, a weak re-make of a Swedish triumph, and a look-ahead to a documentary festival
Feb 14th, 2020
Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah Wood’s psychic adventure in Tofino
Also two queer films and dancing to fight colonialism as part of Black History Month
Feb 6th, 2020
Mostly Oscar contenders this week: including Corpus Christi and three classes of short films
Thank heaven for the Oscars. Three new films this week weren’t available to preview but a batch of Academy Award nominees were. Including all the shorts. They’re showing at the Van City Theatre and...
Jan 30th, 2020
Films about race and poverty in Paris, low-life exuberance in London and Werner Herzog re-tracing a friend’s quest
Also: damning memories from and since the Viet Nam war, an innovative dance choreographer in 3-D, the latest unhinged act by Nicolas Cage and a new but unseen version of The Turn of the Screw
Jan 23rd, 2020
Bad Boys shoot again; Adam Sandler gets loud in Uncut Gems and Clemency ruminates on capital punishment
And for the kids: A superior Japanese anime in Weathering With You, Robert Downey Jr. talking to the animals in Dolittle and your chance to sing along with Frozen II.
Jan 16th, 2020
1917: a must-see, Just Mercy, a should-see, and Underwater, a don’t-bother
But do check out three others making a welcome return from last fall’s film festival
Jan 9th, 2020
So many contenders for 2019's 10-best list, plus a festival of new and classic Italian films
There are no new reviews this week. That’s because except for one small horror movie (see below) no new films opened. There’s a sizable bunch coming next week but right now, especially as the awards...
Jan 2nd, 2020
3 more films for the holiday season: Little Women, Song of Names and Spies in Disguise
Plus notes on a couple of new arrivals I have not been able to preview
Dec 26th, 2019
Three very good films arrive at the same time: Bombshell, A Hidden Life and Star Wars #9
Also now playing or about to start: Cats, the giant musical, 63 Up, the latest visit with old friends, and Compulsive Liar, a big hit comedy from Quebec
Dec 19th, 2019