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Melissa’s forgeries, Rami’s dead-on Freddie Mercury and a cult classic re-imagined
Also: a bit of opera (real with Maria Callas and fictional in Bel Canto) and an ode to BC’s chief geographical feature in This Mountain Life
Nov 1st, 2018
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
Nov 3rd, 2016
Tilda’s Bigger Splash, Ryan and Russell's Nice Guys comic turn and Vancouver’s animation of The Angry Birds
Also an Icelandic comedy, anarchy in a U.K. apartment building, ordeals of a math genius and three movies I haven’t seen
May 19th, 2016
New at the movies: cool vampires, harsh war memories, cold revenge and the Holocaust, too
Tilda Swinton, Colin Firth and the lesser-known Macon Blair star in the week’s most interesting fictional movies.
Apr 24th, 2014
Film reviews: We Need To Talk about Kevin, listen to Chico and Rita, get out of the Safe House and take a journey to a Mysterious Island
A mother’s self doubt turns into a harrowing nightmare in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Feb 10th, 2012
Film Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a striking portrayal of grief and guilt. From the novel by Lionel Shriver, Lynne Ramsay creates an elegantly composed and thought provoking film.
Feb 3rd, 2012
Local filmmaker Richard Bell called to exclusive TIFF program
Writer/Director Richard Bell has been invited to attend the exclusive Talent Lab at TIFF this September.
Aug 30th, 2010
Salt and L’Affaire Farewell both feature Russian spies. Solitary Man and I Am Love both have characters straying off course.
Angelina Jolie gets into some fast, heavy action in the spy thriller Salt. There’s a more realistic view of spies in Farewell but it’s not nearly as much fun. (Read more)
Jul 23rd, 2010