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The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong...
Your numerology cycles February 15–29
Fantasmes à bout de souffle
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too...
Marcus King Band brings Southern Blues North of the border...
Wrinkles in the mind
Notes from (deeeep) Underground
Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah...
Pillars of salt that sing and dance
Your numerology cycles February 1–14
Mostly Oscar contenders this week: including Corpus Christi and three classes of short films
Thank heaven for the Oscars. Three new films this week weren’t available to preview but a batch of Academy Award nominees were. Including all the shorts. They’re showing at the Van City Theatre and...
Jan 30th, 2020
3 more films for the holiday season: Little Women, Song of Names and Spies in Disguise
Plus notes on a couple of new arrivals I have not been able to preview
Dec 26th, 2019
Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; Elsa and friends in Frozen II and cops and robbers mayhem inside 21 Bridges
Also a nostalgia binge thanks to a Recorder and a few gems from the European Film Festival
Nov 22nd, 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 7th, 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
Local kid gets potty mouth in Good Boys, British teen is musically Blinded by the Light and a stunning history is uncovered
And in other films: Octavia Spencer accuses, Cate Blanchett breaks down, Julianne Moore manipulates, Leslie Jones faces the Angry Birds and four teen girls attract sharks
Aug 15th, 2019
Big and dumb Hobbs & Shaw; smart Amateurs and a director's story and dreams in animation
And more: a calming Little Forest, a Free Trip to Egypt to connect with Muslims and two Film Noirs by a woman director
Aug 1st, 2019
Two giant sequels and several worthy smaller films reviewed
Including new appreciations of Emily Dickinson and Pavarotti, the real story of auto builder John DeLorean, a British filmmaker inspired to draw on her own life and two oddball seniors falling in love
Jun 6th, 2019
New vs old in Birds of Passage; an easy look at a killer sickness in Five Feet Apart and a good one for the kids, Wonder Park
And lots more: hippies try farming, a divorcé seeks love, melodrama and politics in Argentina and a dystopian teen thriller with something of a Handmaid’s Tale vibe
Mar 14th, 2019
Chloe meets Greta, Ruben Brandt steals art and Jean-Luc Godard ponders the state of the world in his Image Book
Also dancers on an acid trip in Climax and four other movies not available for review
Feb 28th, 2019