Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

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

Classics re-done in a Disney sequel, a literary history and a home-made copy of a blockbuster

Also Canadian angles on burlesque and dysfunctional families and breaking procedure in a French courtroom

Reviews of Maggie’s Plan, a modern screwball comedy, and two sequels, The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2

With the jazz fest not far off, the VanCity has a doc about the troubled history of the saxophone and 3 more with jazz and blues themes.

Take a break from the summer blockbusters with one of these smaller films new this week

Among them: women’s stories, men’s foibles, fairy tales and a lament for China

More X-Men, another Alice fantasy and two films about the status of women

There are five of these “smaller” films: Love & Friendship, Sunset Song, The Boy and the Beast, Truman and Borealis

Tilda’s Bigger Splash, Ryan and Russell's Nice Guys comic turn and Vancouver’s animation of The Angry Birds

Also an Icelandic comedy, anarchy in a U.K. apartment building, ordeals of a math genius and three movies I haven’t seen

George Clooney’s take on Wall Street, Dheepan’s refugee act and four more DOXA picks

  We’ve got two new films in town plus more to see at DOXA and if that’s not enough consider these: It’s Friday the 13th and if that calls for some horror entertainment here are two...

Captain America's fight, Susan Sarandon as a meddling mother and DOXA's documentaries

Also a promiscuous Natasha and high tension in Disorder

Growing up on Sing Street; floundering on Mother’s Day and a sneak peak at one oddball DOXA film

But there’s more: a drag queen singing, a conflicted detective, a Maori chess teacher, a hot comedy duo and a video game’s move to the big screen

The Huntsman without Snow White, celebrities at a fashion gala and the latest from two stars we like

  It’s not too early to think about DOXA, the documentary festival that starts on May 5. You’ll need time because there’s lots to read in the catalogue that’s now out and available at JJ Bean...