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All-you-can-eat hors d'oeuvres @ Bard
Conflicting toy movies and two films to mark National...
Giacometti & peers: "no lack of void”
Bronco & Buster mutually saddle up
Your numerology cycles June 16–30
Two comedies about women at work and a stunning documentary...
Nest ½ Empty, House ½ Full
Renowned Tibetan monk Mingyur Rinpoche to speak in Vancouver
Two giant sequels and several worthy smaller films reviewed
Doing it like Elton John, looking for justice in Canada,...
More hacking exploits by Lisbeth Salander, gay aversion slammed in Boy Erased and a hypnotic mystery from Korea
Also a teen girl tries to escape her problems through improv theatre
Nov 8th, 2018
Widows of criminals doing it for themselves, the seed of modern politics and the perils of war reporting
Also an ingenious take on the migrant crisis, and a second appreciation this year of Ingmar Bergman that adds to what we already know from the first
Nov 8th, 2018
Melissa’s forgeries, Rami’s dead-on Freddie Mercury and a cult classic re-imagined
Also: a bit of opera (real with Maria Callas and fictional in Bel Canto) and an ode to BC’s chief geographical feature in This Mountain Life
Nov 1st, 2018
A touching drama about dementia, a daredevil rock climb and another 007 spoof
Also a teen’s life lessons from skateboarders and a cold war anachronism with submarines
Oct 25th, 2018
Films about a son’s addiction, the continuing assault on sharks and a Halloween killer's return
Also films on modern romance, politics and Thanksgiving, a youth version of Black Lives Matter, a hapless small town cop and some very funny animation from France
Oct 18th, 2018
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
Oct 11th, 2018
VIFF picks: Fun with the Italian Mafia, tension with Ben the addict and what’s with this piece by Banksy?
Also some rule-breaking flamenco and two war stories from the Balkans, one by a Vancouverite.
Oct 9th, 2018
VIFF picks to start a new week, from Italy, Poland and, an unsettling one, from right here
Also a comedy with bite from the Czech Republic and a not so good hostage drama with opera singing inserted
Oct 8th, 2018
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
Oct 5th, 2018
More VIFF recommendations: a Haida tale, sailing with refugees and a cheeky Bible story
Also an edifying rural tale by a master Iranian filmmaker
Oct 3rd, 2018