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VIFF picks with music, scary ships, a relaxing garden and three unusual dramas
It’s back. The Vancouver International Film Festival opens up tomorrow for its 35th year. Fans have been planning their schedules for days, even a week or two, wondering can they get from...
Sep 28th, 2016
Three movies tell real stories: Spotlight, The 33 and Mavis
Also a rare visit to remotest Nepal and a Robert De Niro film going straight to video on demand.
Nov 13th, 2015
Prime Minister Harper creates Canadian secret police with his scary Anti-Terrorism Act
Opinion: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has introduced a law that threatens Canadians' civil liberties
Feb 10th, 2015
Selma, Inherent Vice plus Canada’s 10 Best and a festival of Italian films
A civil rights campaign led by Martin Luther King is recreated in the most prominent of the week’s new films.
Jan 9th, 2015
The Butler, In a World and The Spectacular Now shine, while Jobs underwhelms
Forest Whitaker and Oprah relive the American civil rights movement in Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Aug 15th, 2013
One Day, Terri, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4, The Help upgraded, a flashy car racer and one of the funniest films ever
Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway play the almost lovers in One Day. Popular novel, but what of the movie?
Aug 19th, 2011
The Help, The Whistleblower, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5 and a catch-up look at the new Planet of the Apes movie
Racial segregation in Mississippi is the subject. Light and easy-to-take is the tone. Does that work in The Help? (read more)
Aug 12th, 2011
The 80s are back with The Karate Kid and The A-Team. Or you can look far back to a woman's struggle in 400 A.D.
Will Smith's son Jaden is the new Karate Kid although that's kung fu that Jackie Chan is teaching him. (Read more)
Jun 11th, 2010
New VPD Policy on "Homeless Kidnap Act"
Here's the new VPD policy on the Province's Assistance to Shelter Act that purports to give police the power to force homeless people to the front doors of emergency shelters by using, um, force....
Dec 8th, 2009