Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

A Hollywood black mark in Trumbo, a new Rocky in Creed and an infamous psych experiment at Stanford

Also new European films, a slacker’s turnaround and dinosaurs for the kids

The Hunger Games end right, Brooklyn is sweet, Seth Rogen’s Christmas movie is a hoot

There are also two fine BC documentaries and two sub-standard films from some very big stars.

Three movies tell real stories: Spotlight, The 33 and Mavis

Also a rare visit to remotest Nepal and a Robert De Niro film going straight to video on demand.

Bond shoots again, Suffragettes fight the power and a boy named Theeb tops them all

Also Drew and Toni as friends, the man who felled the Golden Spruce and three film festivals

Creepy brilliance in Room, lament for TV news in Truth and political games in Our Brand Is Crisis

Also night moves in Berlin, royal intrigue in old China and Bradley Cooper as a chef in England

Seeking laughs in Afghanistan, chasing Nazis in the U.S. and testing oneself on one difficult mountain

New films with Bill Murray, Christopher Plummer, Vin Diesel, ghosts, music fans and music makers

The real Steve Jobs, a spy swap by Tom Hanks and our local south Asian gangsters by Deepa Mehta

Also a sex comedy, a lesbian fight for rights, a movie surrealist, a film pioneer and a five-continent study of issues around breastfeeding

Peter Pan like never before; our soldiers fighting for Hyena Road and predatory capitalism invading 99 Homes

Also a true heroine named Malala, creepy thrills in Goodnight Mommy and prosecuting war criminals in Labyrinth of Lies

New VIFF picks including a shattering Holocaust drama and some climate change optimism

Hungary’s Son of Saul, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, BC’s Charlotte’s Song and Albert Mayles’ last one, In Transit

45 Years, my new favourite at VIFF, films about militant Muslims, Syrian refugees and three more

Three films look way back: Adama to World War I, Assassin to ancient China and The Royal Tailor to historic Korea