Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

More dapper action in Kingsman The Golden Circle, an inspiring Stronger and a third-rate Lego movie

Also Ben Stiller feels inferior Brad’s Status and Joan Collins is back in diva form in The Time of Their Lives

A new and creepy It, perky Reese in Home Again and a contrary view of those volatile Paris suburbs

Also a fun trip with an elephant named Pop-Aye and bizarre doings in the Canadian film Blood Honey

News and notes from the VIFF look-ahead press conference

Wonderstruck, from a YA novel, is the VIFF closing film this year.

A shiny new Robert Pattinson, a skewed Bruce Lee and some not-for-kids animation

Also sharing dad’s mistress, watching an inspirational teacher and learning some BC hippie history

Logan Lucky, Step and Dave Made a Maze: late summer fun at the movies and a dash of uplift

Also The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which tries to be fun, Ingrid Goes West, a timely caution, and Nocturama’s musings on revolution or is it terrorism?

Family dysfunction in The Glass Castle and contrasting aboriginal lives in Wind River and Rumble

Also a rare peek inside a Hasidic enclave, anguish over infidelity in New York and mild scares from a haunted doll

Racist police in Detroit, Al Gore undeterred in his Inconvenient Sequel and Coogan and Brydon on the road again

Also Stephen King’s Dark Tower, classy Moka from France, fantasy with Brigsby Bear and up close with the Wiki Leaks guy in Risk

Women of various types, in Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth and a typical film noir

Also a film series about faith and transcendence visits traditional healers in the Amazon and blares against noise pollution everywhere