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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.
Three Billboards, a must see, plus rumpled Denzel strutting his stuff and Pixar’s new one
Also, Dickens writing a classic, two road trips, one bitter, one whimsical, and new films from most of the European Union Countries. Guess which one is missing.
Nov 24th, 2017
Lady Bird charms, Justice League assembles and local boy makes good again in Wonder
And much more: race issues in Mudbound, the Holocaust analyzed in Paradise, samurai bloodletting in Blade of the Immortal and suffragettes agitating against The Divine Order
Nov 16th, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express told once again and a true original, Jane
Also two small quirky films: My Friend Dahmer and Infinity Baby
Nov 10th, 2017
Thor lightens up; Wonderstruck offers a time-spanning fantasy; Una is timely about sex abuse
Also harsh payback in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, nuns in training in Novitiate and more wild antics in A Bad Moms Christmas
Nov 2nd, 2017
Matt Damon as a suburbanite; Andrew Garfield as a polio victim and Ai Weiwei tracking the refugee crisis
Bit of a break this week; only a few new movies have arrived and two weren’t available for review. You can think ahead to next week when a whole batch arrives plus both the Jewish and the Asian Film...
Oct 26th, 2017
Poverty tales in The Florida Project, musings on death in Lucky and a celebration of learning in Ex Libris
Also films about big-wave surfing, fighting forest fires, creating Winnie the Pooh, querying van Gogh’s death and hunting a killer in Norway
Oct 20th, 2017
Deep Throat vs Nixon, Jackie Chan vs the IRA and Olivia Cooke super in a serial killer tale from Victorian times
Also a suspense-cum-horror movie entertains by copying Groundhog Day
Oct 12th, 2017
Borg vs McEnroe, one of two real-life male contests in today’s VIFF picks
The other shows Engels prodding Marx to get more revolutionary. Plus, ratings of two other films.
Oct 10th, 2017
Five more films worth catching at VIFF
Including an early award winner, a wildly funny party, a sad Swedish parallel to our treatment of indigenous people and the star architect who designed our latest hi-rise
Oct 9th, 2017
We’ve got a new Blade Runner, Victoria greets Abdul and My Little Pony faces new dangers
Also watch J.D. Salinger learn to write and Kate Winslet get lost in our Mountains
Oct 5th, 2017