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The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong...
Your numerology cycles February 15–29
Fantasmes à bout de souffle
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
Your numerology cycles February 1–14
Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
Wise talk by The Two Popes; a media circus for Richard Jewell and big action in Jumanji
Also: That Higher Level as a free gift from the National Film Board and a clumsy seasonal theme in The Kindness of Strangers
Dec 13th, 2019
Greek tragedy goes modern with Antigone, black family life in Waves and a film artist’s self portrait
Also: Isabelle Huppert hosts a crowd as Frankie, notes on some highlights at Whistler, including a time travel enigma and a seemingly under-achieving children’s film
Dec 6th, 2019
A scary Marriage Story, a classy Knives Out murder mystery and fighting DuPont in Dark Waters
Also black lives matter for Queen & Slim, the Winnipeg General Strike recalled in Stand! and an actor’s true story in Honey Boy
Nov 29th, 2019
Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; Elsa and friends in Frozen II and cops and robbers mayhem inside 21 Bridges
Also a nostalgia binge thanks to a Recorder and a few gems from the European Film Festival
Nov 22nd, 2019
Blasts from the past: Hoffa hires The Irishman, new-style Charlie’s Angels and car racing in Ford v Ferrari
Also films from South Asia: one history and an entire festival
Nov 15th, 2019
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
Nov 7th, 2019
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
Oct 31st, 2019
Savoring three good ones: Parasite’s class consciousness, going mad in The Lighthouse and The Boss singing his new album Western Stars
Also: catching up with Monos and checklisting horror films for Halloween
Oct 24th, 2019
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”
Oct 10th, 2019
Four good ones at VIFF take us to The Vatican, India, the Arctic and Hong Kong:
We watch two Popes, Hindu thugs, Ottawa’s control of the Inuit and a trippy dream in Hong Kong
Oct 7th, 2019