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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
Nov 7th, 2019
More hacking exploits by Lisbeth Salander, gay aversion slammed in Boy Erased and a hypnotic mystery from Korea
Also a teen girl tries to escape her problems through improv theatre
Nov 8th, 2018
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.
Oct 10th, 2017
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?
Jun 1st, 2017
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
Dec 1st, 2016
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
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)
Oct 16th, 2014
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
Oct 2nd, 2014
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
Feb 21st, 2014
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.
Feb 6th, 2014