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Dessert-as-appetizer @ Van Opera
Films about a son’s addiction, the continuing assault on...
Graceful ageing, with help from friends
Shave and a haircut => ragout!
Your numerology cycles October 16–31
Three films of big journeys: to the moon, to a seedy motel...
VIFF picks: Fun with the Italian Mafia, tension with Ben...
VIFF picks to start a new week, from Italy, Poland and, an...
The road to hell: B.C. will struggle to meet its emissions...
A Star is Born, a triumph, The Sisters Brothers, Canadian-...
World War II
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 17th, 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 3rd, 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 7th, 2014
Vimy Ridge Anniversary: soldiers who died for Canada were not Canadian, according to Harper government
According to a Citizenship and Immigration letter, a Canadian soldier who was born prior to 1947 was a "British subject": what does that mean for all the Canadian soldiers who fought for the country?
Apr 9th, 2012
Chinese Canadian war veterans honoured in new photo exhibit
Chinese Canadians who fought in Canada's armed forces -- despite being denied citizenship -- are recognized this week in a new photo display.
David P. Ball
Jan 24th, 2012