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My VIFF picks: a delicate immigration yarn, two music stars and a crazed Kevin Bacon

Also: love in a tumultuous China, and a magazine that shaped modern comedy

Johnny Depp gets evil in Black Mass, climbers perish on Everest and A Hard Day is great fun

An Asian man from Reno, another dystopian future for teens and a couple of faith-based films fill out the schedule

M. Night’s unremarkable Visit, Marlon Brando’s own story and shaky justice in an Indian Court

It’s a slow week at the movies but it’s brought two very good ones: Court and Listen to Me Marlon

Syrian refugee crisis, Surrey gangs and Haida Gwaii tragedy among powerful topics covered by VIFF films

As blockbuster movies dominate the theatres, VIFF showcases ambitious, engaging and challenging films from around the world.

Robert Redford takes a walk, Steve Jobs pushes his gadgets and a new Transporter runs the road

And of special note: Latin America is featured in both a festival and some vigilante action

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.

'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

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.

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.
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