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Notable films for Easter, Canada and Earth Day
Your numerology cycles: April
Magic reelism: smoke & mirrors
Rx for youngsters: Take physic, pomp
Two good kids films (though one is better for adults) and...
"Never the Last," a virtuosic séance
A rock and a hard place
Super hero fun, a not so good Stephen King adaptation and a...
Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
The German hit Toni Erdmann, Gold, the Bre-X clone, and the animal rights target, A Dog’s Purpose
Also a celebration of an iconic Canadian artist, a gritty film from trailer park England and a couple of lurid ones from France
Jan 27th, 2017
Just in time for Trump, The Founder, thoughts on feminism, 20th Century Women, and M. Night’s rebound, Split
Also a fanciful take on a poet’s political perils, Neruda, and a late-arriving Studio Ghibli animation, Ocean Waves
Jan 20th, 2017
Warfare’s scary future, Mark Wahlberg’s terrorist hunt and Ben Affleck’s gangster flick
Also a Canadian woman’s porn-to-Bollywood odyssey and some ludicrous fun in a BC-filmed kids’ movie
Jan 13th, 2017
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