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Three very good films arrive at the same time: Bombshell, A Hidden Life and Star Wars #9
Also now playing or about to start: Cats, the giant musical, 63 Up, the latest visit with old friends, and Compulsive Liar, a big hit comedy from Quebec
Dec 19th, 2019
New but not that great from Seth Rogen, an underused Judi Dench in Red Joan and more hot picks at DOXA
Also children get a cheerful life lesson in Ugly Dolls and elsewhere, hoax or not, Satan is rising again
May 3rd, 2019
Finding help for a new mother, battling a rich creep and cruising the big issues in DOXA’s documentaries
The Avengers are still hogging the audience. That’s why there are only two new films to write about this week, and this unexpected plus: extra space to consider some of the documentaries playing at...
May 3rd, 2018
Oprah graces A Wrinkle in Time, our city stars in Meditation Park and a sharp new director helms Thoroughbreds
Also Trump won’t like the Mexican criminals in Gringo; people will cower when The Strangers Prey at Night and few know anything about The Hurricane Heist
Mar 9th, 2018
Women of various types, in Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth and a typical film noir
Also a film series about faith and transcendence visits traditional healers in the Amazon and blares against noise pollution everywhere
Jul 27th, 2017
The Huntsman without Snow White, celebrities at a fashion gala and the latest from two stars we like
It’s not too early to think about DOXA, the documentary festival that starts on May 5. You’ll need time because there’s lots to read in the catalogue that’s now out and available at JJ Bean...
Apr 22nd, 2016
Rockin’ Meryl Streep, creepy 'Gift', the Vancouver birth of Greenpeace and brilliant 'Shaun the Sheep'
There’s also deadpan humour from Norway in "1001 Grams" and a mystery dud, "Dark Places", undone by too much plot.
Aug 7th, 2015
Reviews: Mad Max, a blast, Pitch Perfect 2, good fun, and Going Clear, scary
Also five other new films, about Kurt Cobain, sugar, drone warfare, Arab Israelis and post-Holocaust trauma
May 15th, 2015
New at the movies: modern takes on a popular fairy tale, the bad old west and life on a farm
Angelina Jolie sparks as the wicked fairy Maleficent
May 29th, 2014
Reviews of Moonrise Kingdom, Snow White, Bernie, Piranha 3DD and more, including two gems
Young love and old love contrast and compete in Wes Anderson’s quirky new film, Moonrise Kingdom.
May 31st, 2012