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Lady Bird charms, Justice League assembles and local boy makes good again in Wonder

And much more: race issues in Mudbound, the Holocaust analyzed in Paradise, samurai bloodletting in Blade of the Immortal and suffragettes agitating against The Divine Order
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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

Deep Throat vs Nixon, Jackie Chan vs the IRA and Olivia Cooke super in a serial killer tale from Victorian times

Also a suspense-cum-horror movie entertains by copying Groundhog Day

Borg vs McEnroe, one of two real-life male contests in today’s VIFF picks

The other shows Engels prodding Marx to get more revolutionary. Plus, ratings of two other films.

Five more films worth catching at VIFF

Including an early award winner, a wildly funny party, a sad Swedish parallel to our treatment of indigenous people and the star architect who designed our latest hi-rise

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