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Smile with the Joker, at VIFF grieve along with Daughter and protect our coast for the whales
Also: explore Niagara Falls for its reputation and catch a couple of notable German films
Oct 4th, 2019
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 5th, 2018
Big sequels to Mamma Mia and The Equalizer plus Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant’s return with Don’t Worry …
More? How about Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein, Arrhythmia, the real Russia, Prodigals, a BC look eastward, and memories of horror with The Accountant of Auschwitz
Jul 20th, 2018
Joaquin’s raging revenge, Amy’s fight against body shaming and a different boy-and-horse yarn
Also surveillance in a love story, a speculation on a Canadian indigenous mystery, Supertroopers making jokes about Canada and a mistep into the spy genre by Wim Wenders
Apr 20th, 2018
Selma, Inherent Vice plus Canada’s 10 Best and a festival of Italian films
A civil rights campaign led by Martin Luther King is recreated in the most prominent of the week’s new films.
Jan 9th, 2015
Her, August Osage County and Lone Survivor: reviews
Joaquin, Meryl and Mark face stress, each in their own way, in the week’s new films.
Jan 9th, 2014
The Master, Argo and Lincoln are in my top 10 movies of the year
Philip Seymour Hoffman is The Master and Joaquin Phoenix his newest disciple in my choice for best film of the year. There's also a definite worst movie of 2012.
Dec 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 28th, 2012
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology film back on track
Scientology is getting big-screen attention. Paul Thomas Anderson’s film, The Master, is inspired by the controversial religious movement, which counts big Hollywood actors like Tom Cruise...
May 10th, 2011
The Social Network, Fubar II, Let Me In, StreetDance 3D and Woody Allen’s latest
Jesse Eisenberg may just have the movie of the year. It shows the rocky beginnings of Facebook. (read more)
Oct 1st, 2010