Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Aquaman, just big that's all, Mary Poppins, charming again, and 3 more about or for kids

But there’s more: Jennifer Lopez lively as a career woman, Julia Roberts caring for an addict son, Steve Carell, fighting Nazis as therapy and three women in and out of Queen Anne’s bed

Roma, one of the year’s best, animated Spider-Man, also a best, Mary Queen of Scots, not an equal

Also a rare Peter Jackson-produced dud, a toned-down Deadpool re-release, a self-destructive country singer and a Clint Eastwood film under-promoted around here

Tea and laughs with four Dames, honoring Vancouver sports history and one seriously creepy Scandinavian film

Also thinking about what exactly is Democracy, a Canadian attempt at an African-American comedy, a new film fest and a classic re-release

Three true stories: about Vincent van Gogh, a Sikh-Canadian boxer and a prosecutor at Nuremberg

Also a caution about too much star-gazing, a master filmmaker’s latest from Turkey and three more from the European Film Festival

Green Book, the film of the year so far, plus new visits by Robin Hood and Ralph

Also, another Rocky-driven bout, patriarchy and medicine in old Vienna and the start of a brand new film festival

Widows of criminals doing it for themselves, the seed of modern politics and the perils of war reporting

Also an ingenious take on the migrant crisis, and a second appreciation this year of Ingmar Bergman that adds to what we already know from the first

Melissa’s forgeries, Rami’s dead-on Freddie Mercury and a cult classic re-imagined

Also: a bit of opera (real with Maria Callas and fictional in Bel Canto) and an ode to BC’s chief geographical feature in This Mountain Life