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Your numerology cycles April 16–30
Disney wildlife times two, a blast at American politics and...
Your numerology cycles April 1–15
More streaming ideas take you to Brazil, low-life China and...
Movie theatres are shut down, so what’s streaming?
Your numerology cycles March 16–31
Three women lead off a long line-up of new movies in town
Pixar’s new one, Onward, new laughs from Greed and a new...
Your numerology cycles March 1–15
Ordinary Love, superb, three superior Canadian films and...
Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
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 8th, 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 11th, 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
Smile with the Joker, at VIFF grieve along with Daughter and protect our coast for the whales
Also: explore Niagara Falls for its reputation and catch a couple of notable German films
Oct 4th, 2019
At VIFF, new work by Juliette Binoche, Belgium’s Dardenne Brothers and Quebec’s François Girard
Plus a shameful case of indigenous hurt in Canada, an extraordinary mother from Germany and an ancient play made contemporary in both Sicily and Beirut
Oct 2nd, 2019
New VIFF picks: Modern work by Ken Loach, hot for teacher in England and a bad dad in Iran
Also safe cryptocurrency explained, I think
Sep 30th, 2019
Judy Garland revived; a yeti wonderfully animated and more picks to see at VIFF
Including three superior Canadian films, two men acting up a storm in a lighthouse and another visit with 12 now long-time friends
Sep 27th, 2019