Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Get Low, The Other Guys, Step Up 3D and a VIFF sneak peak

Robert Duvall shows again that he is one of the movies' best actors. In Get Low he stars in a modern folk tale about a man who wants to attend his own funeral. (read more)

Charlie St. Cloud, Dinner with Schmucks, Restrepo

British Columbia steals the show in Zac Efron's new movie, Charlie St. Cloud. Steve Carell shows Paul Rudd he's no idiot in Dinner With Schmucks. Restrepo takes us inside the war in Afghanistan. (read

Salt and L’Affaire Farewell both feature Russian spies. Solitary Man and I Am Love both have characters straying off course.

Angelina Jolie gets into some fast, heavy action in the spy thriller Salt. There’s a more realistic view of spies in Farewell but it’s not nearly as much fun. (Read more)

Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, plus music and Brazilian films

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore head up an alternative family with ultra-modern issues in The Kids Are All Right. Leonardo DiCaprio goes futuristic with Inception. (Read more)

The Girl Who Played with Fire, Despicable Me, Wild Grass

Lisbeth Salander is back but hiding from the police and Russian gangsters in The Girl Who Played With Fire. (read more)

Twilight #3 is big, the newly restored Metropolis is bigger and Cyrus is oddball fun

Bella makes her choice: vampire or werewolf for a boyfriend. The third Twilight is here. (Read more)

Winter’s Bone outclasses the big guys, Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler, Coco and Igor

Jennifer Lawrence stars in a small film set in the Ozark Mountains called Winter’s Bone. It’s one of the best of the year. (Read more)

A fine conclusion to the Toy Story saga, Jonah Hex from the comics and fumbling for sex in Year of the Carnivore

Andy may have outgrown his toys but we haven’t, not in Toy Story 3. (Read more)

The 80s are back with The Karate Kid and The A-Team. Or you can look far back to a woman's struggle in 400 A.D.

Will Smith's son Jaden is the new Karate Kid although that's kung fu that Jackie Chan is teaching him. (Read more)

Rock goes wild in Get Him To The Greek, dogs talk in Marmaduke, and geneticists play God in Splice

You've seen then before, with Sarah Marshall. Now Aldous Snow and that stocky guy are in their own movie. (Read more)