New Movies

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

Just in time for Trump, The Founder, thoughts on feminism, 20th Century Women, and M. Night’s rebound, Split

Also a fanciful take on a poet’s political perils, Neruda, and a late-arriving Studio Ghibli animation, Ocean Waves

Warfare’s scary future, Mark Wahlberg’s terrorist hunt and Ben Affleck’s gangster flick

Also a Canadian woman’s porn-to-Bollywood odyssey and some ludicrous fun in a BC-filmed kids’ movie

Scorcese’s faith-based Silence, NASA’s Hidden Figures and Alice Munro stories migrating to Spain as Julieta

Also a young boy’s therapy when A Monster Calls and three peeks into the Italian Film Festival

Reviews of three new films and picks for the 10 best of 2016

 Time for that annual ritual: my list of the ten best films of the year. Many are still in theatres and a few have been brought back by the VanCity Theatre in their best of the year series. But...

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

Political lobbyists in America, a French woman re-building her life and two critical swipes at China

Also serious music for a rough neighborhood in Brazil in The Violin Teacher

Before Harry Potter, before the Supreme Court and a better teen comedy filmed in Surrey

Also an unusual musical, a recycled orchestra, a real estate rebel and the Canadian filmmakers who fooled NASA

Amy Adams does sci fi in Arrival, plus other women’s stories Our Little Sister and The Eagle Huntress

Also the refugee crisis in Fire at Sea and lurid scenes with The Handmaiden

Masculine power tales in Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge and Moonlight

Also Trolls, great for kids; Tower, notes on a mass shooting; Spa Night, two strains of male identity and Lavender, a Canadian Gothic