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Prophet and loss; a parable
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Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.
What to see at the film festival: here are a few early picks
VIFF starts today. The Vancouver International Film Festival is showing over 300 films this year. Even though many of those are shorts there’s no way anybody can catch all or even most of them. Some...
Sep 28th, 2017
More dapper action in Kingsman The Golden Circle, an inspiring Stronger and a third-rate Lego movie
Also Ben Stiller feels inferior Brad’s Status and Joan Collins is back in diva form in The Time of Their Lives
Sep 21st, 2017
Jennifer Lawrence in mother!, Dylan O’Brien in American Assassin and Catherine Deneuve with The Midwife
Also what rodents can tell us about society in Rat Film
Sep 14th, 2017
A new and creepy It, perky Reese in Home Again and a contrary view of those volatile Paris suburbs
Also a fun trip with an elephant named Pop-Aye and bizarre doings in the Canadian film Blood Honey
Sep 7th, 2017
News and notes from the VIFF look-ahead press conference
Wonderstruck, from a YA novel, is the VIFF closing film this year.
Sep 6th, 2017
Big stars in Tulip Fever, intimidation in The Teacher and genuine Aboriginal anger in Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Also an enterprising crack at hip hop fame by Patti Cake$
Aug 31st, 2017
A shiny new Robert Pattinson, a skewed Bruce Lee and some not-for-kids animation
Also sharing dad’s mistress, watching an inspirational teacher and learning some BC hippie history
Aug 24th, 2017
Logan Lucky, Step and Dave Made a Maze: late summer fun at the movies and a dash of uplift
Also The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which tries to be fun, Ingrid Goes West, a timely caution, and Nocturama’s musings on revolution or is it terrorism?
Aug 17th, 2017
Family dysfunction in The Glass Castle and contrasting aboriginal lives in Wind River and Rumble
Also a rare peek inside a Hasidic enclave, anguish over infidelity in New York and mild scares from a haunted doll
Aug 11th, 2017
Racist police in Detroit, Al Gore undeterred in his Inconvenient Sequel and Coogan and Brydon on the road again
Also Stephen King’s Dark Tower, classy Moka from France, fantasy with Brigsby Bear and up close with the Wiki Leaks guy in Risk
Aug 3rd, 2017