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What to see at the film festival: here are a few early picks

VIFF starts today. The Vancouver International Film Festival is showing over 300 films this year. Even though many of those are shorts there’s no way anybody can catch all or even most of them. Some...

More dapper action in Kingsman The Golden Circle, an inspiring Stronger and a third-rate Lego movie

Also Ben Stiller feels inferior Brad’s Status and Joan Collins is back in diva form in The Time of Their Lives

A new and creepy It, perky Reese in Home Again and a contrary view of those volatile Paris suburbs

Also a fun trip with an elephant named Pop-Aye and bizarre doings in the Canadian film Blood Honey

Logan Lucky, Step and Dave Made a Maze: late summer fun at the movies and a dash of uplift

Also The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which tries to be fun, Ingrid Goes West, a timely caution, and Nocturama’s musings on revolution or is it terrorism?

Family dysfunction in The Glass Castle and contrasting aboriginal lives in Wind River and Rumble

Also a rare peek inside a Hasidic enclave, anguish over infidelity in New York and mild scares from a haunted doll

Women of various types, in Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth and a typical film noir

Also a film series about faith and transcendence visits traditional healers in the Amazon and blares against noise pollution everywhere

Spectacular scenes at Dunkirk, poignant fantasy in A Ghost Story and movie treasures found in Dawson City

Also Marion Cotillard goes sexy in her latest film and Sikh history is corrected in The Black Prince

A great new Planet of the Apes, cultural discord in Tanna and songs of aboriginal history in The Road Forward

And two more: a queer Ornithologist and sexy, foul-mouthed nuns in The Little Hours