Film

The Hobbit rarely thrills; FDR gets playful in Hyde Park on Hudson and more classic animation from Japan’s Studio Ghibli

Before Lord of the Rings, there came The Hobbit. More adventure with some favorite characters.

High praise for the 5-decade film diary 56 UP, women of India in The World Before Her and Japan’s Studio Ghibli animations

Fifty years ago they were children; today they’re facing middle age. The celebrated Up Series has followed more than a dozen ordinary English folks all that time and offers the latest update.

Big praise for Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. Red Dawn, not so much.

Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook get my highest recommendation this week.

Canada at the American Film Market 2012

From the invention of the game of basketball in 1891 by James Naismith of Toronto to the first SCTV broadcast in Toronto in 1976, Canadians have been out and about, entertaining the world. Canadian...

Wreck-It-Ralph, Flight, The Sessions, Midnight’s Children and The Invisible War: reviews

John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch are the main voices in the very entertaining animated movie Wreck-It-Ralph

Sarah Polley captivates in Stories, Nicole Kidman sensual in Paperboy, Canadian Rebelle shines: review

Sarah Polley searches for the truth about her father, her family and herself in Stories We Tell.

A terrific Argo by Ben Affleck, plus Seven Psychopaths, Sinister, and Antiviral: reviews

Ben Affleck in Argo. He heads to Iran for the rest of the Canadian Caper story.

VIFF: last chance to catch a spirited drama and three documentaries

Three great documentaries and a drama are playing in the last two days of the 31st Vancouver International Film Festival.  Come As You Are: This one is true crowd-pleaser – it won...

VIFF picks: Amour, The Minister, No Job for a Woman and The Angels’ Share

In No Job for a Woman, women changed war reporting for decades to come.

Weekend VIFF picks: Amour, Rebelle, Revolution plus a story from Bellingham

French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in the award-winner Amour.