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Notable films for Easter, Canada and Earth Day
Huffing in a henhouse
Your numerology cycles: April
Magic reelism: smoke & mirrors
Rx for youngsters: Take physic, pomp
Two good kids films (though one is better for adults) and...
"Never the Last," a virtuosic séance
A rock and a hard place
Super hero fun, a not so good Stephen King adaptation and a...
Samuel L. Jackson
New films bring harrowing drama, amiable humor or incoherent posturing
Also hope for the future with some teenage scientists in a world-class competition
Jan 17th, 2019
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?
Aug 18th, 2017
Kong is big but unremarkable, Window Horses is diverse and whimsical and The Last Word welcomes back Shirley MacLaine
And notice especially the passionate defense of journalistic courage in All Governments Lie
Mar 10th, 2017
BP gets off too easy in Deepwater Horizon and BC looks gorgeous in Koneline, one of my VIFF picks
Also Tim Burton’s new one, a winner from Africa, a low-class comedy from the US and more film fest recommendations
Sep 30th, 2016
The Big Short and Joy on American capitalism; Concussion on a sport hazard and Tarantino’s chatty new violence
Also a 90s favorite is remade: the new and different Point Break
Dec 23rd, 2015
'Minions', 'Amy' and a Billy Connolly comedy lead a big slate of new films
Also a Ryan Reynolds thriller, A Samuel L. Jackson action film, 11-year-olds reflecting on life and a son and his parents partying at Burning Man.
Jul 10th, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey and Duke of Burgundy, both all about kinky sex
Also a Colin Firth action flick and fun with vampires in New Zealand
Feb 13th, 2015
RED 2 and Turbo disappoint, The Hunt and The Conjuring get scary and The Act of Killing amazes
They try hard but Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker and Helen Mirren deliver less in the sequel RED 2.
Jul 19th, 2013
The Avengers, Darling Companion, Headwinds and DOXA documentary reviews
Ironman, Captain America and four superhero buddies hit the big screen hard in Marvel’s The Avengers.
May 4th, 2012