Timothy Spall

Spider-Man new and improved, a classic rock festival and talking away the troubles in Northern Ireland

Also a little-known attempt to assassinate Hitler, immigrant humor in a radio station and perplexing doings with artistic types

Black rage in The Birth of a Nation, countering Holocaust Denial and more VIFF picks

Also Two Lovers and a Bear with Tatiana Maslany and The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt

For Christmas time: Meryl Streep as a witch, three films about painters, plus war and gambling

Also in the spirit of the season, the “Best of the Year” make a brief return