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Reviews of an unexpected charmer, a really red wedding and a local boy who shines in a mediocre movie
Also: documentaries about Toni Morrison and the power of water and an action thriller with Gerard Butler
Aug 22nd, 2019
A touching drama about dementia, a daredevil rock climb and another 007 spoof
Also a teen’s life lessons from skateboarders and a cold war anachronism with submarines
Oct 25th, 2018
US soul searching in 12 Strong, Hostiles and The Final Year
Also films on arty pretensions, an impossible bank heist and a stereotype of a women’s tale
Jan 19th, 2018
On Oscar weekend, six new movies arrive with gods, ski jumpers, a mermaid and Michael Moore
Also dirty cops, Freudian fears on the prairie and a gem about conflict in the Balkans
Feb 26th, 2016
Tina Fey stars, but Lily Tomlin shines in Admission: plus reviews of Olympus Has Fallen, Italy Love it or Leave It
It’s rare enough these days to find a comedy that doesn’t insult your intelligence: Admission deserves some credit.
Mar 21st, 2013
How to survive a Viking invasion
The Vikings have invaded North America. Here are three tips to survive.
Feb 20th, 2013
High praise for the 5-decade film diary 56 UP, women of India in The World Before Her and Japan’s Studio Ghibli animations
Fifty years ago they were children; today they’re facing middle age. The celebrated Up Series has followed more than a dozen ordinary English folks all that time and offers the latest update.
Dec 7th, 2012
Movie award winners and contenders
Reviews and ratings for: A Separation, Coriolanus, Canada’s 10 Best, plus Haywire, Extremely Loud and a George Lucas production
Jan 20th, 2012
Best new movies to see in Vancouver this weekend
Starbuck is a Canadian film well worth celebrating. It played at VIFF and is now in general release.
Oct 14th, 2011
The Runaways, Repo Men and The Bounty Hunter Arrive in Theatres. Better to Take a Mid-August Lunch Instead
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning revive The Runaways the pioneer grrrl band from the 1970s. That and four other films debut this week. (Read more)
Mar 19th, 2010