Culture

Poverty tales in The Florida Project, musings on death in Lucky and a celebration of learning in Ex Libris

Also films about big-wave surfing, fighting forest fires, creating Winnie the Pooh, querying van Gogh’s death and hunting a killer in Norway
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We’ve got a new Blade Runner, Victoria greets Abdul and My Little Pony faces new dangers

Also watch J.D. Salinger learn to write and Kate Winslet get lost in our Mountains

Looking towards the weekend with a few more film picks at VIFF

Including whimsy from Agnès Varda, cynicism from Michael Haneke and a startling transgender actor

Penelope Cruz sends up movie people and a bit of politics in The Queen of Spain, one of my VIFF picks

Also: Arty types get their due in The Square and Western finds today’s European colonialism

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

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

News and notes from the VIFF look-ahead press conference

Wonderstruck, from a YA novel, is the VIFF closing film this year.

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

Life In Colour: Drawings by Angela Gooliaff at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Giant interactive colouring book murals invite audience to control their own story through colour.