Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

A great new Planet of the Apes, cultural discord in Tanna and songs of aboriginal history in The Road Forward

And two more: a queer Ornithologist and sexy, foul-mouthed nuns in The Little Hours

Spider-Man new and improved, a classic rock festival and talking away the troubles in Northern Ireland

Also a little-known attempt to assassinate Hitler, immigrant humor in a radio station and perplexing doings with artistic types

Reviews of Baby Driver, great fun, The Big Sick, charming rom com and Despicable Me 3 noisy animation

Also war’s real victims in Nowhere to Run, sexual unease for The Beguiled and mortality hovering over The Hero

Anthony Hopkins playing with Transformers, Harmonium’s potent Japanese drama and something not to do on vacation

Also the only bank indicted for 2008’s financial crisis, a “nice Jewish girl” finally getting recognition for her photography and Keanu Reeves in a dystopian novelty

Multiple Cate Blanchetts in Manifesto, Salma Hayek’s dissent in Beatriz at Dinner and facing obsolescence in Cars 3

Also: life well-observed in The Commune, a different kind of boxing movie with Olli Mäki and a dodgy bio of rapper Tupac Shakur

The Mummy with Tom Cruise, pure hokum; try Megan Leavey or Churchill instead

Or maybe It Comes at Night or My Cousin Rachel. They have their supporters.

Wonder Woman and some POWs in Land of Mine reflect on war while tragedy hits a jazzman

And is this week’s animated film good for your children?

Summer action with those Caribbean Pirates, Baywatching lifeguards and a couple of adult tourists

Also getting a great jazzman’s story and a replacement groom for a wedding

Reviewed: A new Alien chapter, the ordinary lives of Certain Women and Lovers who cheat

Also a new Wimpy Kid, a forbidden teen romance, high school chaos in animation and Vancouver’s housing crisis explored

King Arthur gets modernized, Snatched puts Goldie and Amy in peril. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is more bilingual scuffling

Also The Wall, a small but potent war movie, Boston, a salute to the Marathon and The Belko Experiment’s gruesome doings