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Notable films for Easter, Canada and Earth Day
Huffing in a henhouse
Your numerology cycles: April
Magic reelism: smoke & mirrors
Rx for youngsters: Take physic, pomp
Two good kids films (though one is better for adults) and...
"Never the Last," a virtuosic séance
A rock and a hard place
Super hero fun, a not so good Stephen King adaptation and a...
Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
Films about Alita, a troubled cyborg, Mads, lost in the Arctic and Rebel lost in a dream
Also films attached to the big comedy festival in town right now
Feb 14th, 2019
How they followed the great Lego Movie; what they think Men Want and how Neeson is taken to revenge again
Also a creepy thriller about a child Prodigy and all the contenders for Oscars in the short categories
Feb 7th, 2019
Gender war and wit in France, battling drug gangs in Mexico and sharp new images from under the sea
A few film notes to start … The VanCity Theatre is about to kick off its annual series of films for Black History month. It seems less necessary these days with Green Book, Beale Street, Black...
Feb 1st, 2019
Romance under stress, Nicole Kidman with a different look and the King Arthur story for modern kids
Also some animated fun from Quebec and an inscrutable film with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
Jan 24th, 2019
New films bring harrowing drama, amiable humor or incoherent posturing
Also hope for the future with some teenage scientists in a world-class competition
Jan 17th, 2019
A pop star as a diva, a French hit transferred to New York and making sense of Vancouver’s most recognized art scene
Also meet a trail-blazing Canadian woman scientist and two films that were too timid to face critics here
Jan 10th, 2019
RBG’s early triumphs; a gem of a Canadian movie and old and new films from Italy
And one lone horror movie on the side
Jan 3rd, 2019
Christian Bale becomes Cheney, a James Baldwin novel gets to the screen and World War I is re-visioned
Also: Holmes and Watson take a pass, it seems
Dec 24th, 2018
Aquaman, just big that's all, Mary Poppins, charming again, and 3 more about or for kids
But there’s more: Jennifer Lopez lively as a career woman, Julia Roberts caring for an addict son, Steve Carell, fighting Nazis as therapy and three women in and out of Queen Anne’s bed
Dec 21st, 2018
Roma, one of the year’s best, animated Spider-Man, also a best, Mary Queen of Scots, not an equal
Also a rare Peter Jackson-produced dud, a toned-down Deadpool re-release, a self-destructive country singer and a Clint Eastwood film under-promoted around here
Dec 13th, 2018