Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Han Solo’s back story, a style maven’s triumph and a small festival of indie films

Another week, another blockbuster. Solo is the new one and that’s three in theatres right now and more lined up to come. If they’re not your thing you could take the advice the Wall Street Journal...

Deadpool jokes again; Jane Fonda reads in Book Club, and two modern icons explain their missions

Also: an artist’s intense struggles, two gay love stories and a bad doggie.

Annette Bening does Chekov, Melissa McCarthy goes back to college and DOXA offers up another gem

Or you could catch a colorful and bloody revenge thriller and a cryptic Alberta gothic

Finding help for a new mother, battling a rich creep and cruising the big issues in DOXA’s documentaries

The Avengers are still hogging the audience. That’s why there are only two new films to write about this week, and this unexpected plus: extra space to consider some of the documentaries playing at...

A whole mob of Avengers, a master horse handler and a look-ahead to DOXA and Harry Rankin

Also: Joan of Arc as you’ve never seen her before, unruly Caravaggio, creepy doings at a commune and an urgent call to save the earth

Joaquin’s raging revenge, Amy’s fight against body shaming and a different boy-and-horse yarn

Also surveillance in a love story, a speculation on a Canadian indigenous mystery, Supertroopers making jokes about Canada and a mistep into the spy genre by Wim Wenders

Another big one for The Rock, Jon Hamm’s dip into Middle Eastern strife and drama in and after residential schools

Also a calming visit to a Buddhist retreat, a legendary tennis match and seniors proclaiming “It’s never too late.”

Emily Blunt in a scary Quiet Place; Jason Clarke as hapless Ted Kennedy and soldiers turning bitter in World War I

Also bizarre encounters with an eccentric artist and reviving a girl’s volleyball team after tragedy

A dog lover’s cinematic delight, Spielberg’s dip back into the 1980s and another expose of a financial racket

Also the emotional life story of a BC slam poet, and three new films from France (one about the country our peacekeepers are going to)

Three very good films reviewed: The Death of Stalin, Foxtrot and Unsane

And good or bad, these others: Sherlock Gnomes, Pacific Rim Uprising, Young Karl Marx, Paradox, Madame. Plus two merely mentioned