World War II

Reviews of a Stephen King sequel, an old-style war movie and a fresh take on Christmas

Also fun amid the California wildfires (filmed in BC) and two film festivals, one new, one a regular

Borg vs McEnroe, one of two real-life male contests in today’s VIFF picks

The other shows Engels prodding Marx to get more revolutionary. Plus, ratings of two other films.

Wonder Woman and some POWs in Land of Mine reflect on war while tragedy hits a jazzman

And is this week’s animated film good for your children?

A true newsroom horror, a wartime horror exposed and comic relief in music

Also Tatiana Maslany and her real-life boyfriend in a bi-polar romance

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

Mommy, a Canadian classic, Fury, an old war, The Best of Me, another Nicholas Sparks romance

Anne Dorval gives a powerful performance in Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Canada’s Academy Award entry. (Photo credit : Shayne Laverdière)

VIFF picks for the weekend, including a near-masterpiece from Germany

Nina Hoss in Phoenix, trying to figure out if her husband betrayed her to the Nazis

Pompeii is buried, spies shoot up Europe and the nature of art is considered in the week’s new movies

A Toronto-generated vision of ancient Rome’s doomed city of Pompeii

The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie and celebrations of animated films, special effects, the outdoors and Jean-Luc Godard

Is The Lego Movie really better than George Clooney’s new one? Strange but true.