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Disney wildlife times two, a blast at American politics and a traumatic teen drama
Also a couple of small but amiable comedies, one of them Canadian
Apr 2nd, 2020
More streaming ideas take you to Brazil, low-life China and two Jesse Eisenberg films
As well as a cleverly-plotted trip to Barcelona thanks to Netflix
Mar 27th, 2020
Movie theatres are shut down, so what’s streaming?
Some modest recommendations and stay for the last one, an alarm about what has happened to the internet.
Mar 19th, 2020
Pixar’s new one, Onward, new laughs from Greed and a new Emma from Jane Austen
And much more: Ben Affleck back from the bar, Ken Loach slams the gig economy, a tri-nation scarefest and a pair of enigmatic art films
Mar 6th, 2020
The Call of the Wild re-made again, a festival of strong documentaries and a boy’s space adventure in Terra Willy
Canada’s Screen Awards got their nominations out, and right, this week. One of the top nominees is a drama that shows a real slice of life here in Vancouver. The Body Remembers When the World Broke...
Feb 21st, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too restrained, Sonic the Hedgehog, fun times
Also Downhill, a weak re-make of a Swedish triumph, and a look-ahead to a documentary festival
Feb 14th, 2020
Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah Wood’s psychic adventure in Tofino
Also two queer films and dancing to fight colonialism as part of Black History Month
Feb 6th, 2020
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...
Jan 31st, 2020
Films about race and poverty in Paris, low-life exuberance in London and Werner Herzog re-tracing a friend’s quest
Also: damning memories from and since the Viet Nam war, an innovative dance choreographer in 3-D, the latest unhinged act by Nicolas Cage and a new but unseen version of The Turn of the Screw
Jan 23rd, 2020
Bad Boys shoot again; Adam Sandler gets loud in Uncut Gems and Clemency ruminates on capital punishment
And for the kids: A superior Japanese anime in Weathering With You, Robert Downey Jr. talking to the animals in Dolittle and your chance to sing along with Frozen II.
Jan 16th, 2020