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Conflicting toy movies and two films to mark National...
Giacometti & peers: "no lack of void”
Your numerology cycles June 16–30
Two comedies about women at work and a stunning documentary...
Nest ½ Empty, House ½ Full
Renowned Tibetan monk Mingyur Rinpoche to speak in Vancouver
Two giant sequels and several worthy smaller films reviewed
Doing it like Elton John, looking for justice in Canada,...
Your numerology cycles June 1–15
Mission Control: "Ce qu'on attend de moi"
Michael Moore's hope in the Trump era; The Wife’s marriage seems happy and Life Itself can bring tears
There’s also a muddled children’s film about a house haunted by a clock and a teen film about girls who fight back
Sep 20th, 2018
Women on an elaborate heist, farm work by women while the men are off to war and a modern gothic horror
Also Jodie Foster patching up criminals and two documentaries about major artists
Jun 7th, 2018
Thor lightens up; Wonderstruck offers a time-spanning fantasy; Una is timely about sex abuse
Also harsh payback in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, nuns in training in Novitiate and more wild antics in A Bad Moms Christmas
Nov 2nd, 2017
Multiple Cate Blanchetts in Manifesto, Salma Hayek’s dissent in Beatriz at Dinner and facing obsolescence in Cars 3
Also: life well-observed in The Commune, a different kind of boxing movie with Olli Mäki and a dodgy bio of rapper Tupac Shakur
Jun 16th, 2017
A classic love story for Carol, the origins of Moby Dick and guilt in 3-D from Wim Wenders
Also a surreal essay on, well, almost everything by Laurie Anderson and a funny look at Canadian politics
Dec 10th, 2015
Creepy brilliance in Room, lament for TV news in Truth and political games in Our Brand Is Crisis
Also night moves in Berlin, royal intrigue in old China and Bradley Cooper as a chef in England
Oct 29th, 2015
Love triumphs in Cinderella, stagnates in GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
And four new documentaries demonstrate strong, courageous journalism
Mar 5th, 2015
Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and more films I expect will win at the Academy Awards
Chiwetel Ejifor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender are all nominated for 12 Years a Slave but I think only the film will win.
Feb 26th, 2014
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his best, while Blackfish and The Attack are thought-provoking
Cate Blanchett delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in Blue Jasmine
Aug 1st, 2013
Saoirse Ronan kicks ass and she knows it. And, she has the benefit of having a great director in Joe Wright. These are two elements you need to make a great movie. While the script has some holes and...
Apr 7th, 2011