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How the Fallen are Mighty
Your numerology cycles October 16–31
Will Smith and Eddie Murphy come back strong, Meryl Streep...
We all still pay for"The Shipment"
Four good ones at VIFF take us to The Vatican, India, the...
From China to VIFF: Cinéma Virtualité
Smile with the Joker, at VIFF grieve along with Daughter...
Please touch the artwork
Your numerology cycles October 1–15
Scorcese’s faith-based Silence, NASA’s Hidden Figures and Alice Munro stories migrating to Spain as Julieta
Also a young boy’s therapy when A Monster Calls and three peeks into the Italian Film Festival
Jan 5th, 2017
Reviews of three new films and picks for the 10 best of 2016
Time for that annual ritual: my list of the ten best films of the year. Many are still in theatres and a few have been brought back by the VanCity Theatre in their best of the year series. But...
Dec 30th, 2016
La La Land is joyous, Lion will move you, and Fences gives chatty high drama
And more: a tune-crammed Sing, two best actress winners and an Emmy winner in sub-par movies, and gay teens and a cranky farmer at the VanCity Theatre
Dec 23rd, 2016
A Star Wars offshoot, Jackie as traumatized widow and what exactly is Collateral Beauty?
Also Alzheimers hits a beloved local band, a Swedish crank learns to live and a Chilean filmmaker tries a surreal bohemian life
Dec 15th, 2016
Political lobbyists in America, a French woman re-building her life and two critical swipes at China
Also serious music for a rough neighborhood in Brazil in The Violin Teacher
Dec 8th, 2016
A true newsroom horror, a wartime horror exposed and comic relief in music
Also Tatiana Maslany and her real-life boyfriend in a bi-polar romance
Dec 1st, 2016
Manchester by the Sea, superb; plus the return of Warren Beatty and some girl power from Disney
Also: Brad and Marion get together in Allied, Amy and Jake ponder Nocturnal Animals and Bad Santa spawns a sequel
Nov 24th, 2016
Before Harry Potter, before the Supreme Court and a better teen comedy filmed in Surrey
Also an unusual musical, a recycled orchestra, a real estate rebel and the Canadian filmmakers who fooled NASA
Nov 18th, 2016
Amy Adams does sci fi in Arrival, plus other women’s stories Our Little Sister and The Eagle Huntress
Also the refugee crisis in Fire at Sea and lurid scenes with The Handmaiden
Nov 11th, 2016
Masculine power tales in Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge and Moonlight
Also Trolls, great for kids; Tower, notes on a mass shooting; Spa Night, two strains of male identity and Lavender, a Canadian Gothic
Nov 3rd, 2016