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Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
The Coen brothers show their love for old movies, Maggie Smith and Lily James wander far from Downton Abbey
And an 11th film from a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Choice
Feb 4th, 2016
45 Years, a gem about seniors; big-sea action in The Finest Hours, and short Oscar hopefuls
Also Al Purdy, a Canadian poet you should know more about, and a young boy’s angst in The Demons
Jan 28th, 2016
A stunning Holocaust drama, young adults battling invaders and Robert De Niro in a stinker
Also Noam Chomsky on the seeds of inequality and Canada’s first 3-D movie rediscovered
Jan 21st, 2016
Michael Bay explains Benghazi, Charlie Kaufman does Anomalisa and the Macbeths reveal what made them do it
Also Ingrid Bergman’s own story, a tour of Renaissance masterpieces and weak films for kids and voyeurs
Jan 15th, 2016
The Revenant and Mad Max lead the Academy Awards nominations
OSCAR NOMINATIONS: They came down today close to what most observers expected. With a few surprises. The Revenant, with 12, got too many, I think. And with two slots for Best Picture left blank...
Jan 14th, 2016
Survival and revenge in The Revenant, Italian films old and new and Canada’s 10 Best
Also a horror thriller that loses its way in The Forest
Jan 7th, 2016
Two new films and 10 favorites of 2015
Only two new ones this week, both at the Van City Theatre. And even though one of them is a three-parter, I’ve got room to look back on a pretty good movie year and pick my favourites. Here’s...
Dec 31st, 2015
The Big Short and Joy on American capitalism; Concussion on a sport hazard and Tarantino’s chatty new violence
Also a 90s favorite is remade: the new and different Point Break
Dec 23rd, 2015
Reviews of the new Star Wars movie, The Danish Girl, Sisters and Youth
Also three at the VanCity Theatre for fans of movies, modern art or animation
Dec 17th, 2015
A classic love story for Carol, the origins of Moby Dick and guilt in 3-D from Wim Wenders
Also a surreal essay on, well, almost everything by Laurie Anderson and a funny look at Canadian politics
Dec 10th, 2015