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Portrait of a Lady on Fire, superb, The Assistant, too restrained, Sonic the Hedgehog, fun times
Also Downhill, a weak re-make of a Swedish triumph, and a look-ahead to a documentary festival
Feb 14th, 2020
Bad Boys shoot again; Adam Sandler gets loud in Uncut Gems and Clemency ruminates on capital punishment
And for the kids: A superior Japanese anime in Weathering With You, Robert Downey Jr. talking to the animals in Dolittle and your chance to sing along with Frozen II.
Jan 16th, 2020
The road to hell: B.C. will struggle to meet its emissions targets
In the elongated aftermath of the May 19 election cliff-hanger last year, the NDP and Greens negotiated a Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) between them that allowed the NDP to govern BC. The...
Oct 5th, 2018
Seven films to see in VIFF's first few days
Viewers can check out six good documentaries and one shocking holiday tale.
Sep 26th, 2018
Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?
I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq. His story begins on a desert road where a...
Sep 21st, 2018
More stomping from the Jurassic dinosaurs, a hopeful essay on climate change and real work observed
Also: Bono’s daughter and a Vancouver up and comer portray a married couple going wrong
Jun 21st, 2018
A sailing yarn for summer; a parson’s turn to social responsibility and a quest for true love by an older woman
And much more: an environmental artist, young love crashing on a beach, colonial errors in South America and a black cop’s misdeeds here in Canada
Jun 1st, 2018
A whole mob of Avengers, a master horse handler and a look-ahead to DOXA and Harry Rankin
Also: Joan of Arc as you’ve never seen her before, unruly Caravaggio, creepy doings at a commune and an urgent call to save the earth
Apr 26th, 2018
Directly Affected: a new film with everything you need to know about B.C.’s pipeline battle
Justin Trudeau faced hecklers in Nanaimo. Rachel Notley and John Horgan are flinging indignant words, threats even, back and forth between Edmonton and Victoria. A national columnist demands...
Feb 8th, 2018
Natural disasters and the threat to our outdoor lives
I was born and raised in France’s Pyrenees and made my life around the mountains, thus my move to British-Columbia. As the province announced an investigation into B.C.’s 2017 wildfires, I came...
Dec 19th, 2017