Three films of big journeys: to the moon, to a seedy motel and to personal empowerment

Also visualizing human damage to the earth, meeting an uncommon pop star and learning about a Canadian’s unusual success story

A Star is Born, a triumph, The Sisters Brothers, Canadian-American, and new VIFF picks like The Happy Prince

Also Marvel’s newest and VIFF’s looking back at the disco and jazz eras, thinking about democracy and watching youth in two countries get into trouble

VIFF chinoiserie: Taiwan island fever, mainland navel-gazing

Taiwan's Hsiao Ya-chuan upholds Hou Hsiao-hsien lineage; PRC documentarian world-premieres her narrative film debut; director-producer duo Nai An and Yang Mingming co-star in feminist tragicomedy

VIFF picks: New work from Patricia Rozema, a cinematic ode to our mountains and some very funny Animal Behaviour

Also science whiz kids, a kid tragedy in a Welsh summer, a Palestinian girl with ambitions and refugees on the move

Tunefully Born Again!

"Book of Mormon" mass-baptizes QE audience into joys of raunchy musical humour

Yeti meets Smallfoot, and from VIFF, Transit and Colette, both excellent

Plus other VIFF picks: Kingsway, very local, Firecrackers, Parallel’s time shifting, constant dancing at Le Grand Bal and Maria Callas, as she saw herself

Van disciples greet gurus' Guru

South Indian percussion star Trichy Sankaran packs Roundhouse for fusion fete

Seven films to see in VIFF's first few days

Viewers can check out six good documentaries and one shocking holiday tale.

Xtreme room service @ Nigredo Hotel

City Opera reprises Nic Gotham/Ann-Marie MacDonald's jazzy one-act psycho-thriller