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Michael Moore's hope in the Trump era; The Wife’s...
Step to rear; mind gaps; hang on tight
Your numerology cycles September 16–30
Black paint on a blackboard
Doomed to repeat it? Indelible history
Locally-filmed The Predator, a mommy blogger’s Simple Favor...
Lounge lizards' lair; new life for old den
Marion Bridge; pro-Life menage à trois
A vengeful mom, a demonic nun and Michael Caine’s memories...
Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
A Hollywood black mark in Trumbo, a new Rocky in Creed and an infamous psych experiment at Stanford
Also new European films, a slacker’s turnaround and dinosaurs for the kids
Nov 27th, 2015
The Hunger Games end right, Brooklyn is sweet, Seth Rogen’s Christmas movie is a hoot
There are also two fine BC documentaries and two sub-standard films from some very big stars.
Nov 19th, 2015
Three movies tell real stories: Spotlight, The 33 and Mavis
Also a rare visit to remotest Nepal and a Robert De Niro film going straight to video on demand.
Nov 13th, 2015
Bond shoots again, Suffragettes fight the power and a boy named Theeb tops them all
Also Drew and Toni as friends, the man who felled the Golden Spruce and three film festivals
Nov 6th, 2015
Creepy brilliance in Room, lament for TV news in Truth and political games in Our Brand Is Crisis
Also night moves in Berlin, royal intrigue in old China and Bradley Cooper as a chef in England
Oct 29th, 2015
Seeking laughs in Afghanistan, chasing Nazis in the U.S. and testing oneself on one difficult mountain
New films with Bill Murray, Christopher Plummer, Vin Diesel, ghosts, music fans and music makers
Oct 23rd, 2015
The real Steve Jobs, a spy swap by Tom Hanks and our local south Asian gangsters by Deepa Mehta
Also a sex comedy, a lesbian fight for rights, a movie surrealist, a film pioneer and a five-continent study of issues around breastfeeding
Oct 15th, 2015
Peter Pan like never before; our soldiers fighting for Hyena Road and predatory capitalism invading 99 Homes
Also a true heroine named Malala, creepy thrills in Goodnight Mommy and prosecuting war criminals in Labyrinth of Lies
Oct 8th, 2015
New VIFF picks including a shattering Holocaust drama and some climate change optimism
Hungary’s Son of Saul, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, BC’s Charlotte’s Song and Albert Mayles’ last one, In Transit
Oct 7th, 2015
45 Years, my new favourite at VIFF, films about militant Muslims, Syrian refugees and three more
Three films look way back: Adama to World War I, Assassin to ancient China and The Royal Tailor to historic Korea
Oct 5th, 2015