Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

New in theaters: Will Smith’s Focus, The Lazarus Effect and three Canadian films

  It’s a Canada weekend. That’s represented in three new films getting the usual short play in theaters and, on Sunday, the Canadian Screen Awards on TV. They celebrate excellence though not...

My Oscars picks: Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Still Alice and CitizenFour

Boyhood vs Birdman. It looks like a dead heat right now.

Smaller films for Oscar weekend: McFarland, The DUFF, Hot Tub Time Machine 2

And The Wrecking Crew finally arrives: a must for music fans

Fifty Shades of Grey and Duke of Burgundy, both all about kinky sex

Also a Colin Firth action flick and fun with vampires in New Zealand

Movies this week examine Russian corruption, hockey, American crime and health care in France

Leviathan, an Oscar possibility, Red Army, A Most Violent Year. They lead this week but check out Hippocrates too

Five movies about women and a Johnny Depp dud

Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lopez star in three of the new movies with women’s stories.

Misfires from Michael Mann and Clint Eastwood but also two gems: Winter Sleep and Paddington

Human relations and the weather get chilly in the Turkish film Winter Sleep.

Oscar noms surprises: where’s The Lego Movie and David Oyelowo?

Too little Lego and Selma but Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Academy Award nominations

Selma, Inherent Vice plus Canada’s 10 Best and a festival of Italian films

A civil rights campaign led by Martin Luther King is recreated in the most prominent of the week’s new films.