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BAC's "Illusionists" -- magic unrealism
A pop star as a diva, a French hit transferred to New York...
"Full Light" at end of long, dark tunnel
Counting violence against women
RBG’s early triumphs; a gem of a Canadian movie and old and...
Your numerology cycles for 2019
Christian Bale becomes Cheney, a James Baldwin novel gets...
Aquaman, just big that's all, Mary Poppins, charming...
Your numerology cycles December 16–31
Roma, one of the year’s best, animated Spider-Man, also a...
A Star is Born, a triumph, The Sisters Brothers, Canadian-American, and new VIFF picks like The Happy Prince
Also Marvel’s newest and VIFF’s looking back at the disco and jazz eras, thinking about democracy and watching youth in two countries get into trouble
Oct 4th, 2018
More dapper action in Kingsman The Golden Circle, an inspiring Stronger and a third-rate Lego movie
Also Ben Stiller feels inferior Brad’s Status and Joan Collins is back in diva form in The Time of Their Lives
Sep 21st, 2017
Snowden’s entire story, Bridget Jones’s latest chapter and The Beatles’ tales of touring
Also the Blair Witch, as filmed in our own woods, and two Buddhist films from China
Sep 15th, 2016
Classics re-done in a Disney sequel, a literary history and a home-made copy of a blockbuster
Also Canadian angles on burlesque and dysfunctional families and breaking procedure in a French courtroom
Jun 16th, 2016
Fifty Shades of Grey and Duke of Burgundy, both all about kinky sex
Also a Colin Firth action flick and fun with vampires in New Zealand
Feb 13th, 2015
New at the movies: cool vampires, harsh war memories, cold revenge and the Holocaust, too
Tilda Swinton, Colin Firth and the lesser-known Macon Blair star in the week’s most interesting fictional movies.
Apr 24th, 2014
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: DVD/BLU RAY review
Gary Oldman stars in a new and compelling adaptation of John Le Carre’s classic cold war thriller.
Mar 16th, 2012
Christmas movies: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Mission Impossible 4 and Young Adult
Gary Oldman is the new George Smiley, the spy fiction favorite from John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Dec 16th, 2011
The 10 best (and the 5 worst) movies of 2010
King George's fear of public speaking brought out the best from Colin Firth and put The King’s Speech on the top of my list.
Dec 29th, 2010
The King’s Speech, The Tourist, Black Swan, Trigger and Enter the Void
England’s King George VI had to struggle against a stuttering handicap. Now Colin Firth gives an award-worthy portrayal in The King’s Speech. (read more)
Dec 10th, 2010