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Reviews of an unexpected charmer, a really red wedding and...
Handel, Strozzi & Purcell's Italian muses
Local kid gets potty mouth in Good Boys, British teen is...
Your numerology cycles August 16–31
Women mobsters in The Kitchen, country ways in Honeyland...
EMV's "original instrument" vocals
Your numerology cycles August 1–15
Big and dumb Hobbs & Shaw; smart Amateurs and a...
Binge on baroque and beyond
Panto pantsed for Adults Only
Two good kids films (though one is better for adults) and then rampant juvenilia with Hellboy
And more: the real Mary Magdalene story; the origin of Stockholm syndrome and a growing young again fantasy called Little. (Plus, three also rans).
Apr 11th, 2019
Reviews of Juliet, Naked (stars and fans), Searching (stories via computer) and Generation Wealth (examining excess)
Also: a Buddhist tale of reincarnation, watching a chaotic childhood and gagging with the horrors of war
Aug 31st, 2018
A sailing yarn for summer; a parson’s turn to social responsibility and a quest for true love by an older woman
And much more: an environmental artist, young love crashing on a beach, colonial errors in South America and a black cop’s misdeeds here in Canada
Jun 1st, 2018
Reviews of Their Finest, superb, Maudie, heartrending, Black Code, a digital-age warning
Also Canadian films get a special day (in some places a week) and a pilgrim trek suitable for Easter
Apr 11th, 2017
VIFF will open with Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Nova Scotia
And end with Terrence Malick contemplating the universe
Sep 7th, 2016
Reviews of Maggie’s Plan, a modern screwball comedy, and two sequels, The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2
With the jazz fest not far off, the VanCity has a doc about the troubled history of the saxophone and 3 more with jazz and blues themes.
Jun 9th, 2016
Batman v Superman, drones making war in Eye in the Sky and a second Big Fat Greek Wedding
Plus a jazz casualty, Beethoven’s 9th and angst in Hollywood and on the mating chase
Mar 24th, 2016
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
Young adult action in Insurgent and two wonderful road movies
Spain’s Living is Easy With Eyes Closed and China’s Lost and Love are worth seeking out
Mar 20th, 2015
Films: Boyhood delights with the drama it finds in everyday life
Also note a new le Carré with Philip Seymour Hoffman, a new Hercules with The Rock and a skirmish between science and metaphysics.
Jul 25th, 2014