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3 more films for the holiday season: Little Women, Song of Names and Spies in Disguise
Plus notes on a couple of new arrivals I have not been able to preview
Dec 26th, 2019
Silly fun with Ant-Man; off-the grid emotions in Leave No Trace and a quirky feminist western
Also two of the best of Hot Docs: one placid, idyllic; the other harsh and angry and a pot-fuelled trip starring Christopher Plummer
Jul 6th, 2018
A stunning Holocaust drama, young adults battling invaders and Robert De Niro in a stinker
Also Noam Chomsky on the seeds of inequality and Canada’s first 3-D movie rediscovered
Jan 21st, 2016
Peter Pan like never before; our soldiers fighting for Hyena Road and predatory capitalism invading 99 Homes
Also a true heroine named Malala, creepy thrills in Goodnight Mommy and prosecuting war criminals in Labyrinth of Lies
Oct 8th, 2015
New VIFF picks including a shattering Holocaust drama and some climate change optimism
Hungary’s Son of Saul, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, BC’s Charlotte’s Song and Albert Mayles’ last one, In Transit
Oct 7th, 2015
Reviews: Mad Max, a blast, Pitch Perfect 2, good fun, and Going Clear, scary
Also five other new films, about Kurt Cobain, sugar, drone warfare, Arab Israelis and post-Holocaust trauma
May 15th, 2015
Ida relives history, John Hamm seeks a Million Dollar Arm and Godzilla stomps again
Also this week is Belle, a classy drama about fighting bigotry and slavery in 18th century England.
May 16th, 2014
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
Silly fun in White House Down; a thinker’s ordeal for Hannah Arendt and an intriguing premise in Blood Pressure
Channing Tatum was a model and a dancer. Now he’s an action star in White House Down.
Jun 27th, 2013
Madonna’s W.E., Reese Witherspoon in This Means War and short films vying for an Oscar
Madonna's anticipated W.E. is a lush and beautiful film, albeit a somewhat "ridiculous" one, according to this week's batch of movie reviews.
Feb 17th, 2012