New action with Tom Cruise, our Academy Awards hopeful and the return of a classic

And much more: two glimpses inside North Korea, a cool Canadian film, a cameraperson’s scrapbook and Ewan McGregor’s shaky debut as a director
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An unusual Accountant, a portrait of American Honey and some animated girl power

Also Martin Sheen as a priest, Carol Shields’ last novel now a movie and a BC award winner called Violent

Seven new VIFF picks take us to dramas in Massachusetts, Paris and Belgium

… and then on to Hollywood, Italy, Hong Kong and more

Oregon Shakespeare Festival delivers on Dickens' "Great Expectations"

Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives Victorian classic.

Heartrending welfare stories in I, Daniel Blake and reviews of five other films at VIFF

They include films on the arms industry, an infamous piece of TV history and fictions about a gay birdwatcher, a hockey tough guy and teen lovers on the run

Ease on down to Ashland for Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 'The Wiz'

"The Wiz" @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Issue films at VIFF: the harm that blue jeans do, a woman fights a developer and Tony Blair cashes in

Also the future of energy and a tragic drama from India based on a Chekhov story

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