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Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
Another hit of Trainspotting for happy cynics, Power Rangers for the kids and Life for space horror fans
Also new films with Kristen Stewart, Woody Harrelson, seniors in Toronto reclaiming their life and family yearnings in Japan
Mar 23rd, 2017
A new and splendid Beauty and the Beast plus two contrasting Canadian films, the Goon sequel and Weirdos
And so much more: a defense of trees, a city tour with cats, a plane hijacker’s own story, disaster experiences from Japan and a subtle English novel squeezed into a movie.
Mar 17th, 2017
Kong is big but unremarkable, Window Horses is diverse and whimsical and The Last Word welcomes back Shirley MacLaine
And notice especially the passionate defense of journalistic courage in All Governments Lie
Mar 10th, 2017
Logan, better than a comic book movie, Before I Fall, teen self-help and The Shack, contentious religion
Also Ballerina for dreamy young girls, Table 19 for wedding outsiders and Bitter Harvest, about Stalin’s wrath in the Ukraine
Mar 3rd, 2017
Racial attitudes inspected in a tough documentary, in a bit of history and a biting satire
Also two animated Oscar contenders and a new slant from Britain on zombies
Feb 24th, 2017
The Great Wall, not so great, A Cure for Wellness, slow acting, and real BC history at The End of the Road
Also salutations in film for Gordon Pinsent and the return of an Oscar contender named Ove
Feb 17th, 2017
Lego’s second has less charm, Paterson enthralls and John Wick just goes on shooting
Also now on screen: all the short films with Oscar nominations, a bad-boy ballet dancer, a Canadian lesbian love story and an alarming look at modern policing
Feb 9th, 2017
The Salesman, high drama from Iran, The Comedian, a De Niro dud, and The Space Between Us, sci-fi romance for teens
Also the bittersweet lament and history lesson Quebec My Country and the clumsy chiller Rings
Feb 3rd, 2017
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