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M. Night’s unremarkable Visit, Marlon Brando’s own story and shaky justice in an Indian Court
It’s a slow week at the movies but it’s brought two very good ones: Court and Listen to Me Marlon
Sep 10th, 2015
Movies this week examine Russian corruption, hockey, American crime and health care in France
Leviathan, an Oscar possibility, Red Army, A Most Violent Year. They lead this week but check out Hippocrates too
Jan 30th, 2015
As "global super-rich" buy sweet security of Vancouver homes, outrage over rising prices and accusations of racism
“We’re an immigrant nation. So to say that immigrants are somehow impacting the marketplace is beginning to sound suspiciously awkward to me," BC realtor says.
Jun 5th, 2014
Backlash to Jamie Foxx's racist comments during SNL monologue
"I kill all the white people in my movie, how great is that?" said Jamie Foxx in his recent SNL monolouge. Is 'reverse racism' acceptable comic fodder in North America?
Dec 9th, 2012
One Day, Terri, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4, The Help upgraded, a flashy car racer and one of the funniest films ever
Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway play the almost lovers in One Day. Popular novel, but what of the movie?
Aug 19th, 2011
The Help, The Whistleblower, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5 and a catch-up look at the new Planet of the Apes movie
Racial segregation in Mississippi is the subject. Light and easy-to-take is the tone. Does that work in The Help? (read more)
Aug 12th, 2011
Thor, Even the Rain, some hot documentaries and two tepid history lessons
Thor wants the summer blockbuster crown. Fast Five beat him to it last week. But does he bring any fun along with that giant hammer?
May 6th, 2011
Ethnic segregation a reality for Vancouver high school students
“Birds of a feather flock together,” says a senior at St. George's, the city's all-boys private school, when asked why his peers segregate along ethnic lines during school assemblies. He could...
Mar 28th, 2011
Ethnicity, immigration, and becoming Canadian in Vancouver's high schools
"FOB? What's that?" Fred Lin* says that he doesn’t know the difference between “FOB” and “Honger.” He asks his friends if there’s a difference. Someone cracks a joke in Mandarin, causing the two...
Mar 15th, 2011
Tetsuro Shigematsu responds to "Asians in the Library" video
Here on the west coast, our university populations are racialized as Asian, similar to those at the University of Los Angeles. It’s no wonder that the now-viral video, posted last week, of a...
Mar 18th, 2011