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Violence and style from John Wick, bios of two history...
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Your numerology cycles May 1–15
La Cenerentola: Giocoso, ma non troppo
James Franco’s fine movie about a bad one; Woody Allen’s waning appeal and some Canadian sci fi
In addition, check out two classy gay stories
Dec 7th, 2017
Reviews: Sweet Virginia is noirish, The Dancer, flashy, and two films on Indigenous issues
Also what a Big Time architect is doing locally and three more good ones from the European Union Film Festival
Dec 1st, 2017
Three Billboards, a must see, plus rumpled Denzel strutting his stuff and Pixar’s new one
Also, Dickens writing a classic, two road trips, one bitter, one whimsical, and new films from most of the European Union Countries. Guess which one is missing.
Nov 24th, 2017
Lady Bird charms, Justice League assembles and local boy makes good again in Wonder
And much more: race issues in Mudbound, the Holocaust analyzed in Paradise, samurai bloodletting in Blade of the Immortal and suffragettes agitating against The Divine Order
Nov 16th, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express told once again and a true original, Jane
Also two small quirky films: My Friend Dahmer and Infinity Baby
Nov 10th, 2017
Thor lightens up; Wonderstruck offers a time-spanning fantasy; Una is timely about sex abuse
Also harsh payback in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, nuns in training in Novitiate and more wild antics in A Bad Moms Christmas
Nov 2nd, 2017
Matt Damon as a suburbanite; Andrew Garfield as a polio victim and Ai Weiwei tracking the refugee crisis
Bit of a break this week; only a few new movies have arrived and two weren’t available for review. You can think ahead to next week when a whole batch arrives plus both the Jewish and the Asian Film...
Oct 26th, 2017
Poverty tales in The Florida Project, musings on death in Lucky and a celebration of learning in Ex Libris
Also films about big-wave surfing, fighting forest fires, creating Winnie the Pooh, querying van Gogh’s death and hunting a killer in Norway
Oct 20th, 2017
Deep Throat vs Nixon, Jackie Chan vs the IRA and Olivia Cooke super in a serial killer tale from Victorian times
Also a suspense-cum-horror movie entertains by copying Groundhog Day
Oct 12th, 2017
Borg vs McEnroe, one of two real-life male contests in today’s VIFF picks
The other shows Engels prodding Marx to get more revolutionary. Plus, ratings of two other films.
Oct 10th, 2017