Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

New films bring harrowing drama, amiable humor or incoherent posturing

Also hope for the future with some teenage scientists in a world-class competition

A pop star as a diva, a French hit transferred to New York and making sense of Vancouver’s most recognized art scene

Also meet a trail-blazing Canadian woman scientist and two films that were too timid to face critics here

Aquaman, just big that's all, Mary Poppins, charming again, and 3 more about or for kids

But there’s more: Jennifer Lopez lively as a career woman, Julia Roberts caring for an addict son, Steve Carell, fighting Nazis as therapy and three women in and out of Queen Anne’s bed

Roma, one of the year’s best, animated Spider-Man, also a best, Mary Queen of Scots, not an equal

Also a rare Peter Jackson-produced dud, a toned-down Deadpool re-release, a self-destructive country singer and a Clint Eastwood film under-promoted around here

Tea and laughs with four Dames, honoring Vancouver sports history and one seriously creepy Scandinavian film

Also thinking about what exactly is Democracy, a Canadian attempt at an African-American comedy, a new film fest and a classic re-release

Three true stories: about Vincent van Gogh, a Sikh-Canadian boxer and a prosecutor at Nuremberg

Also a caution about too much star-gazing, a master filmmaker’s latest from Turkey and three more from the European Film Festival

Green Book, the film of the year so far, plus new visits by Robin Hood and Ralph

Also, another Rocky-driven bout, patriarchy and medicine in old Vienna and the start of a brand new film festival