documentaries

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...

Angry history in Official Secrets, dubious flash in Hustlers and a muddle in The Goldfinch

VIFF has just added this: Michael Moore will be here to show and give a creator talk about the film that made his career: Roger and Me. It was the most popular documentary where it premiered at VIFF...

A new look for Ryan Reynolds, a new impression of Rudolph Nureyev and four of DOXA’s best

Also: con artistry from the female side, old women who think they’re cheerleaders and two other new films

The Avengers who survived, two films about women young and old and a look ahead to DOXA

Avengers Endgame is poised to be quite possibly the biggest film of the year. So massive has been the anticipation and the pre-opening ticket sales. How is it? I caught it last night, so read on....

Black Panther’s Afro-futurism, Early Man’s British humor and Oscar’s short-film hopefuls

Also a weekend of socially conscious documentaries ranging from the arms trade, the harm that high tech gadgets do to Vancouver’s housing crisis

One new film, with fireworks, and my picks for the year’s best

I’ve only got one new film to evaluate this week and a whole bunch to praise as the best of 2017. The new one is first.   BRIMSTONE & GLORY: You think it's neat sitting down on the beach at...

A gem of animation, a dog’s wacky life and finding the truth in a notorious crime

Also a couple of poignant films from down under plus Werner Herzog’s view of the internet and remembering Frank Zappa’s thoughts on everything

Classics re-done in a Disney sequel, a literary history and a home-made copy of a blockbuster

Also Canadian angles on burlesque and dysfunctional families and breaking procedure in a French courtroom

Captain America's fight, Susan Sarandon as a meddling mother and DOXA's documentaries

Also a promiscuous Natasha and high tension in Disorder

Watching Jesse Owens in Race, fear and religion in The Witch and bi-polar angst in Touched With Fire

Also there’s a short documentary series with six absolutely up to date controversies