Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Summer action with those Caribbean Pirates, Baywatching lifeguards and a couple of adult tourists

Also getting a great jazzman’s story and a replacement groom for a wedding

Reviewed: A new Alien chapter, the ordinary lives of Certain Women and Lovers who cheat

Also a new Wimpy Kid, a forbidden teen romance, high school chaos in animation and Vancouver’s housing crisis explored

King Arthur gets modernized, Snatched puts Goldie and Amy in peril. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is more bilingual scuffling

Also The Wall, a small but potent war movie, Boston, a salute to the Marathon and The Belko Experiment’s gruesome doings

Flashy adventure with the Guardians, corrosive poverty for Daniel Blake, Vancouver’s housing crisis on screen

Also America’s original celebrity chef and a crime that shakes two families

Films about art and artists with Emily Dickenson, Cézanne and some sparkling Shakespeare

Also Poland’s most important painter versus the Communists and Richard Gere as a political hustler

Searching for a Lost City, eyeing the wildlife of China, honoring the guru of better cities

And there’s more: friends and monsters connect long distance, wartime feelings that don’t go away and the real life of drug addicts

Reviews of Their Finest, superb, Maudie, heartrending, Black Code, a digital-age warning

Also Canadian films get a special day (in some places a week) and a pilgrim trek suitable for Easter

Music people as seen by Terrence Malick, bank robbery as revenge by seniors and a Smurfy surprise

Also the seeds of David Lynch’s art, a wrestling rom-com and European films at the Reel to Real Festival

Ghost in the Shell, weak, The Zookeeper’s Wife, muddled, and The Boss Baby, great fun

Also notice the choreography super star Mr. Gaga and the one-time pop-up O, Brazen Age

Another hit of Trainspotting for happy cynics, Power Rangers for the kids and Life for space horror fans

Also new films with Kristen Stewart, Woody Harrelson, seniors in Toronto reclaiming their life and family yearnings in Japan
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