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All-you-can-eat hors d'oeuvres @ Bard
Conflicting toy movies and two films to mark National...
Giacometti & peers: "no lack of void”
Bronco & Buster mutually saddle up
Your numerology cycles June 16–30
Two comedies about women at work and a stunning documentary...
Nest ½ Empty, House ½ Full
Renowned Tibetan monk Mingyur Rinpoche to speak in Vancouver
Two giant sequels and several worthy smaller films reviewed
Doing it like Elton John, looking for justice in Canada,...
Super hero fun, a not so good Stephen King adaptation and a daffy Ronaldo clone
And more: a guitar maker keeps the old ways, a banned Iranian filmmaker carries on, pre-World War I tremors in Europe, the underclass in Brazil and thoughts on fidelity in Toronto
Apr 5th, 2019
More VIFF recommendations: a Haida tale, sailing with refugees and a cheeky Bible story
Also an edifying rural tale by a master Iranian filmmaker
Oct 3rd, 2018
Incredible superhero home life, remembering Mr. Rogers and a teenager’s rule-choked Iran
Also a best-selling mystery from Italy and the return of blaxploitation with Superfly
Jun 14th, 2018
Kong is big but unremarkable, Window Horses is diverse and whimsical and The Last Word welcomes back Shirley MacLaine
And notice especially the passionate defense of journalistic courage in All Governments Lie
Mar 10th, 2017
The Salesman, high drama from Iran, The Comedian, a De Niro dud, and The Space Between Us, sci-fi romance for teens
Also the bittersweet lament and history lesson Quebec My Country and the clumsy chiller Rings
Feb 3rd, 2017
A young Iranian helps Syrian refugees adjust to Canada
A young Iranian, himself, new to Canada reaches out to help Syrian refugees settle here. But with the war in Syria, tensions between Iranians and Syrians are rising. How will he succeed?
Oct 12th, 2016
After the Paris attacks, connecting with each other and ourselves
Speaking with those in Paris during the attacks and a friend from the Middle East — give human context to a terrible event.
Nov 23rd, 2015
Stellar VIFF picks: Hurt, Hadwin’s Judgement, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
Steve Fonyo’s Hurt, Hadwin’s Judgement, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi drive and two more films
Sep 30th, 2015
Reviews of Ant-Man, Mr. Holmes and Trainwreck plus four international films
Also Suite Francaise from France, About Elly from Iran, Jimmy’s Hall from Ireland and Strangerland from Australia with Nicole Kidman
Jul 17th, 2015
New in theatres: weak sci fi, strong Oscar contenders and a vampire in Iran
Song of the Sea is an animated masterpiece
Feb 5th, 2015