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Unruly Harley Quinn, morality by The Traitor and Elijah Wood’s psychic adventure in Tofino
Also two queer films and dancing to fight colonialism as part of Black History Month
Feb 6th, 2020
Local kid gets potty mouth in Good Boys, British teen is musically Blinded by the Light and a stunning history is uncovered
And in other films: Octavia Spencer accuses, Cate Blanchett breaks down, Julianne Moore manipulates, Leslie Jones faces the Angry Birds and four teen girls attract sharks
Aug 16th, 2019
New films with Annette Bening, Isabelle Huppert and Helen Mirren, one of them not so good
And new and old films in a series for Black History Month
Feb 1st, 2018
A new Tarzan for our times, a friendly giant for the kids and De Palma talking about himself
Also a second-tier John Le Carré, a dialed-down Ibsen play, a slow-starting but strong Italian film and a weird comedown for Daniel Radcliffe
Jun 30th, 2016
Ebola debacle the latest in a series of crises ignored by developed countries
Talk of Ebola is now ubiquitous. Preparations – or lack thereof – for the coming storm are being discussed in every major news media outlet in North America and around the world. Morally marginal...
Oct 20th, 2014
After Earth, Now You See Me, a new documentary with Roméo Dallaire and four other films reviewed
Will Smith and his son Jaden make a nerve-racking visit to our planet in the space adventure After Earth
May 28th, 2013
Linda Svendsen Imagines Life At 24 Sussex
Most Canadians know that the Prime Minister lives at 24 Sussex Drive while Parliament is in session. But most Canadians probably couldn’t tell you what the inside of the first house looks like or...
Jan 4th, 2013
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.
Nov 23rd, 2012
VIFF picks for Tuesday and Wednesday: Lore, Tabu, Helpless, Haydn and Johnny Cash
Facing up to World War 2 damage and guilt in the VIFF film called Lore.
Oct 2nd, 2012
Love out, love in with SummerSkin
Chelsea Maier has "upendo" tattooed along her ribcage, the Swahili word for love. This ink is a constant memory of working in Africa and defines her apparel and accessories line, SummerSkin....
Jul 23rd, 2012