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Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
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
Apr 20th, 2017
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
Apr 11th, 2017
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
Apr 6th, 2017
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
Mar 30th, 2017
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
Mar 23rd, 2017
A new and splendid Beauty and the Beast plus two contrasting Canadian films, the Goon sequel and Weirdos
And so much more: a defense of trees, a city tour with cats, a plane hijacker’s own story, disaster experiences from Japan and a subtle English novel squeezed into a movie.
Mar 17th, 2017
Kong is big but unremarkable, Window Horses is diverse and whimsical and The Last Word welcomes back Shirley MacLaine
And notice especially the passionate defense of journalistic courage in All Governments Lie
Mar 10th, 2017
Logan, better than a comic book movie, Before I Fall, teen self-help and The Shack, contentious religion
Also Ballerina for dreamy young girls, Table 19 for wedding outsiders and Bitter Harvest, about Stalin’s wrath in the Ukraine
Mar 3rd, 2017
Racial attitudes inspected in a tough documentary, in a bit of history and a biting satire
Also two animated Oscar contenders and a new slant from Britain on zombies
Feb 24th, 2017
The Great Wall, not so great, A Cure for Wellness, slow acting, and real BC history at The End of the Road
Also salutations in film for Gordon Pinsent and the return of an Oscar contender named Ove
Feb 17th, 2017