Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

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?

The Help, The Whistleblower, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5 and a catch-up look at the new Planet of the Apes movie

Racial segregation in Mississippi is the subject. Light and easy-to-take is the tone. Does that work in The Help? (read more)

The Tempest, The Change-Up, Another Earth, plus horror in a tunnel and film noir angst

Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Helen Mirren as Prospera in a reworked The Tempest. How does Shakespeare’s last play fare with them? (Read more)

Cowboys & Aliens, The Trip, Project Nim, The Smurfs, Werner Herzog in a cave in 3D, and more

Daniel Craig turns up an old west we’ve never seen before in this week’s biggest film, Cowboys & Aliens. (read more)

Captain America, Friends with Benefits, Life Above All and portraits of an Eco-Pirate and a paranoid chess master

Captain America, the comic book hero from the 1940s is brought back in a big new film. To what effect? (read more)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Winnie the Pooh, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan plus films on newspapers and travel

The boy wizard is now a young man and takes his final movie bow in Harry Potter #8.The series ends on a high. (Read more)