Culture

Late August fare: two smart films, two Canadian, a bit of imperialism and a lot of dancing

'The End of the Tour' and 'Mistress America' lead the pack but a 'Backcountry' horror and some B.C. mountain men aren’t far behind.

Spy antics in 'American Ultra', 'Bikes vs Cars' around the world and a funny man’s beginnings

Also a surreal Canadian musical, a bleak view of millennials and a bland horror film

Long & McQuade: music lessons that rock

"Social interaction speeds up the learning curve, adding a sense of musical diversity & friendly competition," says Long&McQuade Drumline instructor, Nick Stecz.

'Man from UNCLE', rappers' 'Outta Compton' and sexy stuff in a 'Teenage Girl’ diary

Also a quick history of Women’s Lib, a wannabe screwball comedy and uplifting homilies beautifully animated

Lillian Hellman's 'The Children's Hour' shows how views of same-sex couples have changed

Gay Rights in 2015 in Canada is a long way away from 1934's 'The Children's Hour.'

Rockin’ Meryl Streep, creepy 'Gift', the Vancouver birth of Greenpeace and brilliant 'Shaun the Sheep'

There’s also deadpan humour from Norway in "1001 Grams" and a mystery dud, "Dark Places", undone by too much plot.

Art and electronics collide as city hosts mind-blowing global symposium (VIDEO)

SFU Woodwards transforms into a techy art space where non-conformity and new forms rule.

Post-Pemby fest: We can do better at Squamish, say top Canadian musicians

No one wants a repeat of the Pemberton Music Festival in July. “I think the bottled water thing is ridiculous," says Dan Mangan.

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Vacation, and a historic debate

Reviews of the latest Mission Impossible, Vacation, Best of Enemies, Tangerine, Madame Bovary and Eden

New angst from Woody Allen, boxing by Jake Gyllenhaal and killer stories in 'The Look of Silence'

... And much more, including a film all in sign language, a Scottish musical, a Chinese re-made rom-com, and the attack of killer arcade games from outer space.