BC films

VIFF announces the opener, closer and a very promising schedule for this year’s festival

A scene from Parasite, the Cannes winner that will be also screen at VIFF

Big sequels to Mamma Mia and The Equalizer plus Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant’s return with Don’t Worry …

More? How about Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, Arrhythmia, the real Russia, Prodigals, a BC look eastward, and memories of horror with The Accountant of Auschwitz

Women in films this week: spying, hosting, feeling guilty, living transgender and filling an entire festival

And there are these alternatives: Boost, a Canadian film that should be better known, Nostalgia, about our memories and possessions and Death Wish, a blast of gun porn

News and notes from the VIFF look-ahead press conference

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

Reviews of Their Finest, superb, Maudie, heartrending, Black Code, a digital-age warning

Also Canadian films get a special day (in some places a week) and a pilgrim trek suitable for Easter

Bond shoots again, Suffragettes fight the power and a boy named Theeb tops them all

Also Drew and Toni as friends, the man who felled the Golden Spruce and three film festivals