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New films bring harrowing drama, amiable humor or...
Prophet and loss; a parable
EMV brings Missa Darwin to Christ Church
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
Aquaman, just big that's all, Mary Poppins, charming again, and 3 more about or for kids
But there’s more: Jennifer Lopez lively as a career woman, Julia Roberts caring for an addict son, Steve Carell, fighting Nazis as therapy and three women in and out of Queen Anne’s bed
Dec 20th, 2018
Emily Blunt in a scary Quiet Place; Jason Clarke as hapless Ted Kennedy and soldiers turning bitter in World War I
Also bizarre encounters with an eccentric artist and reviving a girl’s volleyball team after tragedy
Apr 5th, 2018
Black rage in The Birth of a Nation, countering Holocaust Denial and more VIFF picks
Also Two Lovers and a Bear with Tatiana Maslany and The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt
Oct 7th, 2016
The Huntsman without Snow White, celebrities at a fashion gala and the latest from two stars we like
It’s not too early to think about DOXA, the documentary festival that starts on May 5. You’ll need time because there’s lots to read in the catalogue that’s now out and available at JJ Bean...
Apr 21st, 2016
The Walk, Sicario and Coming Home and more VIFF picks
Reviews of The Walk, Sicario, Coming Home and at VIFF: Dheepan, Eadweard and Ellen Page’s latest
Oct 1st, 2015
Tom Cruise’s fiery comeback, Marion Cotillard’s travails as The Immigrant and a grueling desert trek in Tracks
Note also the tragic teen love affair of The Fault in our Stars
Jun 6th, 2014
New York's Cedar Lake leaps onto stage of the Vancouver Playhouse
DanceHouse launches its fifth anniversary season at the Vancouver Playhouse with two performances by red-hot New York City company, Cedar Lake, in its Vancouver debut. Shows take place...
Sep 28th, 2012
The Master, Looper, Pitch Perfect, Hotel Transylvania, Vulgaria, Won’t Back Down
The Master, with Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman may be the movie of the year.
Sep 27th, 2012
Brave, four new indies (including a must-see) and Hot Docs reviewed
Brave is like a newly-found Grimm Brothers fairy tale except for one very independent princess.
Jun 22nd, 2012
The Lady, The Five-Year Engagement, Safe, Warriors of the Rainbow and four other new films reviewed
Michelle Yeoh plays The Lady, Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a new, well-timed film.
Apr 26th, 2012