Michael Fassbender

Reviewed: A new Alien chapter, the ordinary lives of Certain Women and Lovers who cheat

Also a new Wimpy Kid, a forbidden teen romance, high school chaos in animation and Vancouver’s housing crisis explored

Music people as seen by Terrence Malick, bank robbery as revenge by seniors and a Smurfy surprise

Also the seeds of David Lynch’s art, a wrestling rom-com and European films at the Reel to Real Festival

The German hit Toni Erdmann, Gold, the Bre-X clone, and the animal rights target, A Dog’s Purpose

Also a celebration of an iconic Canadian artist, a gritty film from trailer park England and a couple of lurid ones from France

La La Land is joyous, Lion will move you, and Fences gives chatty high drama

And more: a tune-crammed Sing, two best actress winners and an Emmy winner in sub-par movies, and gay teens and a cranky farmer at the VanCity Theatre

Michael and Alicia bring tears; Natalie Portman laments Israel’s history and a big French star gets small

Also an eerie war movie, redemption in Quebec and a mystery thriller filmed in Vancouver

The real Steve Jobs, a spy swap by Tom Hanks and our local south Asian gangsters by Deepa Mehta

Also a sex comedy, a lesbian fight for rights, a movie surrealist, a film pioneer and a five-continent study of issues around breastfeeding