Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Films to see at VIFF on Days 5 & 6: Monday and Tuesday

Once again, coincidentally, documentaries take more recommendations than fiction these next two days. You can find Donald Trump, Wiebo Ludwig, a battered woman and some African street musicians....

50/50, Restless, Breakaway and VIFF picks for Days 3 and 4

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen find the lighter side of cancer in 50/50

Films to see at VIFF on Days 1 & 2

Isabelle Huppert plays a mom who exploits her daughter in the French film My Little Princess.

Moneyball, Abduction, Dolphin Tale, Killer Elite, Higher Ground and two documentaries at the Denman Theatre

Brad Pitt plays a baseball boss with big ideas and few resources in Moneyball. (read more)

Drive, The Guard, Lion King 3-D, I Don’t Know How She Does It and a VIFF update

Ryan Gosling doesn’t say a great deal but communicates a lot in Drive. To find out what, read more.

Contagion, Warrior, Gainsbourg, The Interrupters vs. gang violence and a restored masterpiece

In Contagion, Kate Winslet tries to get a viral epidemic taken seriously before it spreads worldwide.

Hope and concern at VIFF: the film festival announces its 30th season

Circumstance, set in Iran and soon to play at VIFF, co-stars a young Port Moody woman. For more on that and other glimpses ahead to this year's festival, read more.

The Debt, Blank City, Beauty Day, Crazy, Stupid Love (again) and three unpreviewed new ones

Helen Mirren tries to correct an old mistake in the thriller with a Holocaust theme, The Debt. (Read more)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Sarah’s Key, Vincere, Cosmonaut and Our Idiot Brother

Guy Pearce and his flashlight stalk the creatures his daughter stirred up in the basement in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. (read more)

One Day, Terri, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4, The Help upgraded, a flashy car racer and one of the funniest films ever

Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway play the almost lovers in One Day. Popular novel, but what of the movie?