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Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
A touching drama about dementia, a daredevil rock climb and another 007 spoof
Also a teen’s life lessons from skateboarders and a cold war anachronism with submarines
Oct 25th, 2018
Films about a son’s addiction, the continuing assault on sharks and a Halloween killer's return
Also films on modern romance, politics and Thanksgiving, a youth version of Black Lives Matter, a hapless small town cop and some very funny animation from France
Oct 18th, 2018
Three films of big journeys: to the moon, to a seedy motel and to personal empowerment
Also visualizing human damage to the earth, meeting an uncommon pop star and learning about a Canadian’s unusual success story
Oct 11th, 2018
VIFF picks: Fun with the Italian Mafia, tension with Ben the addict and what’s with this piece by Banksy?
Also some rule-breaking flamenco and two war stories from the Balkans, one by a Vancouverite.
Oct 9th, 2018
VIFF picks to start a new week, from Italy, Poland and, an unsettling one, from right here
Also a comedy with bite from the Czech Republic and a not so good hostage drama with opera singing inserted
Oct 8th, 2018
A Star is Born, a triumph, The Sisters Brothers, Canadian-American, and new VIFF picks like The Happy Prince
Also Marvel’s newest and VIFF’s looking back at the disco and jazz eras, thinking about democracy and watching youth in two countries get into trouble
Oct 5th, 2018
More VIFF recommendations: a Haida tale, sailing with refugees and a cheeky Bible story
Also an edifying rural tale by a master Iranian filmmaker
Oct 3rd, 2018
VIFF picks: New work from Patricia Rozema, a cinematic ode to our mountains and some very funny Animal Behaviour
Also science whiz kids, a kid tragedy in a Welsh summer, a Palestinian girl with ambitions and refugees on the move
Oct 1st, 2018
Yeti meets Smallfoot, and from VIFF, Transit and Colette, both excellent
Plus other VIFF picks: Kingsway, very local, Firecrackers, Parallel’s time shifting, constant dancing at Le Grand Bal and Maria Callas, as she saw herself
Sep 28th, 2018
Seven films to see in VIFF's first few days
Viewers can check out six good documentaries and one shocking holiday tale.
Sep 26th, 2018