Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

The Social Network, Fubar II, Let Me In, StreetDance 3D and Woody Allen’s latest

Jesse Eisenberg may just have the movie of the year. It shows the rocky beginnings of Facebook. (read more)

Vancouver International Film Festival Picks for Day 3

Volkmar Richter’s best bets for Saturday at VIFF include a celebrated acting performance by Javier Bardem, a rousing equal pay campaign, a violent samurai battle and real soldiers fighting in Afghanis

Vancouver International Film Festival Picks for Day 1& 2

Volkmar Richter’s best bets for Thurs and Friday at VIFF include a Mordecai Richler tale, a riot that produced gay pride, a sexy ballet and some good old gospel music. (Read more)

Never Let Me Go, Legend of the Guardians, You Again, Catfish, Jack Goes Boating, and Wall Street 2

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the biggest of the new films but not the best. Check out Never Let Me Go and Legend of the Guardians. (read more)

Easy A, The Town, Alpha and Omega, Cole, Devil, The Virginity Hit, plus Tati, the genius

Two teen comedies arrive on the same weekend. Emma Stone stars in Easy A, the better one (by far). (Read more)

Countdown to Zero, Winnebago Man, Soul Kitchen, Flipped and Resident Evil in 3D

We don’t worry about the bomb as much these days. Countdown to Zero argues the threat is just as big as ever. (Read more)

The American, Going the Distance, Life During Wartime, Machete and two gems at the VanCity Theatre arrive

George Clooney doesn’t say much as The American, a killer hiding out in Italy. But watch those facial expressions and those eyes. ( and read more)

Teenage Paparazzo, The Last Exorcism, Lebanon and Hugh Hefner, Playboy Activist and Rebel

What’s a 13-year-old boy doing out late at night chasing celebrities? An entertaining new documentary explores that and other aspects of today’s celebrity mania. (Read more)

Nanny McPhee, Mesrine, Joan Rivers and seven other new films open

Nanny McPhee Returns starring Emma Thomson just may be the best new film this week. It’s good fun for both kids and nostalgic adults. (read more)

Eat Pray Love, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Animal Kingdom and Still Walking

Julia Roberts cycles off to find food, spirituality and romance in Eat Pray Love. Does she match the beloved book? (Read more)