Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

BP gets off too easy in Deepwater Horizon and BC looks gorgeous in Koneline, one of my VIFF picks

Also Tim Burton’s new one, a winner from Africa, a low-class comedy from the US and more film fest recommendations

VIFF picks with music, scary ships, a relaxing garden and three unusual dramas

It’s back. The Vancouver International Film Festival opens up tomorrow for its 35th year.  Fans have been planning their schedules for days, even a week or two, wondering can they get from...

Denzel and The Magnificent 7, great fun with Storks and Antonio’s science scrap in Altamira

Also a disappointing revenge quest by Kate Winslet as The Dressmaker

Snowden’s entire story, Bridget Jones’s latest chapter and The Beatles’ tales of touring

Also the Blair Witch, as filmed in our own woods, and two Buddhist films from China

VIFF will open with Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in Nova Scotia

And end with Terrence Malick contemplating the universe

Michael and Alicia bring tears; Natalie Portman laments Israel’s history and a big French star gets small

Also an eerie war movie, redemption in Quebec and a mystery thriller filmed in Vancouver

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
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