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Coming back to Downton Abbey, Brad Pitt on a space trip in Ad Astra and Robbie Robertson’s tales of The Band
Also: some angry race relations, a cool Miles Davis, a Chinese surprise and a 5th from John Rambo
Sep 19th, 2019
Tarantino’s Hollywood vision, one President who was stopped and women who demand to sail
Also: how propaganda really works, an old man’s dreams of space travel and this year’s film noir opener
Jul 25th, 2019
Manchester by the Sea, superb; plus the return of Warren Beatty and some girl power from Disney
Also: Brad and Marion get together in Allied, Amy and Jake ponder Nocturnal Animals and Bad Santa spawns a sequel
Nov 24th, 2016
The Big Short and Joy on American capitalism; Concussion on a sport hazard and Tarantino’s chatty new violence
Also a 90s favorite is remade: the new and different Point Break
Dec 23rd, 2015
The Hunger Games end right, Brooklyn is sweet, Seth Rogen’s Christmas movie is a hoot
There are also two fine BC documentaries and two sub-standard films from some very big stars.
Nov 19th, 2015
Mommy, a Canadian classic, Fury, an old war, The Best of Me, another Nicholas Sparks romance
Anne Dorval gives a powerful performance in Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Canada’s Academy Award entry. (Photo credit : Shayne Laverdière)
Oct 17th, 2014
12 Years a Slave, a masterpiece, leads a long list of new movies now playing
Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o are sure to be nominated for their superb acting in 12 Years a Slave.
Nov 1st, 2013
Brad Pitt battles zombies. Emma Watson robs Paris Hilton. Shakespeare gets two updates and the NSA monitors everything.
Brad Pitt, zombie hunter and family man, in World War Z
Jun 21st, 2013
Four stars for Anna Karenina, less for Hitchcock, Killing Them Softly and Back to 1942
Keira Knightley plays literature’s elegant but most suffering-for-love woman, Anna Karenina.
Nov 30th, 2012
Media, please: stop pitting Jennifer Aniston against Angelina Jolie in a "race to the altar"
The real story of Jennifer Aniston's engagement to her beau Justin Thereoux is the story of a successful actress in her 40s getting married, for legitimate reasons. Instead, we must suffer the...
Aug 13th, 2012