Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Home invasion blunders, a singer battling cancer and a Latin American film festival

Also a football player’s ALS fight and a chilly but amusing Scandinavian revenge plot

Ben-Hur re-made again, a modernized western and one of the best animated films of the year

Also: women and Wall Street in Equity, a moving drama of Little Men growing up and two Canadian films with broken families

Meryl Streep sings again, a politician crashes and Disney brings another fine family film

You can also watch Brian Cranston outwit drug dealers, a top Nazi get targeted, an Toronto everyman flounder, wine collectors get scammed and Seth Rogen curdle your ears with some R-rated animation

Suicide Squad for comic book fans and four other movies for more thoughtful viewers

In those four others you get young love, a remarkable story about autism, women in India pondering their rights and Werner Herzog pondering the internet

Bourne is back, Woody Allen offers a trifle and Bad Moms are exactly that

And two films for youth are worth your while: Nerve with a social media caution and Phantom Boy, a glistening animated film from France

Star Trek and Ab Fab return with new episodes and Captain Fantastic tries parenting

And there’s more: a new Ice Age, Yo Yo Ma in a documentary, scares with Lights Out and a Canadian award winner, Closet Monster

New Ghostbusters for our time, a harrowing tale from World War II and an inspirational Dark Horse

Also a bizarre tickling investigation and a serial killer story told through his victims

A gem of animation, a dog’s wacky life and finding the truth in a notorious crime

Also a couple of poignant films from down under plus Werner Herzog’s view of the internet and remembering Frank Zappa’s thoughts on everything

A new Tarzan for our times, a friendly giant for the kids and De Palma talking about himself

Also a second-tier John Le Carré, a dialed-down Ibsen play, a slow-starting but strong Italian film and a weird comedown for Daniel Radcliffe

A glorious debut, a little-known racial history and a summer thriller with surfing and a shark

Also a lurid rant about fashion models and a repeat invasion from outer space