Review: "The Irishman"

Director Martin Scorsese gets the whole gang back together—Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel—for an epic 3 1/2 hour long mob film, which has a brief theatrical run before settling into an exclusive Netflix residency. Read more

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Review: "The King"

In which the first of several Netflix-funded feature films receives a short theatrical release in preparation for this year's awards season. Read more

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VIFF 2019: "The Painted Bird"

Václav Marhoul’s bleak and brutal film version of Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel, about a young boy traveling alone through a landscape in the throes of war. Read more

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VIFF 2019: "Joan of Arc"

Controversial French auteur Bruno Dumont's take on the Joan of Arc story, a sequel to his 2017 film Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc. Read more

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VIFF 2019: "Sorry We Missed You"

A working class family living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne struggles to stay afloat, in a new film from director Ken Loach. Read more

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VIFF 2019: "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom"

A young Bhutanese teacher, wrestling with his commitment to that career, is sent to the remote Himalayan village of Lunana, to fulfill the final year of his contract. Read more

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VIFF 2019: "The Lighthouse"

A new black and white horror from Robert Eggers, filmed in Nova Scotia and starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, which—while not a satire—has a lot of fun playing with the genre's tropes. Read more

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VIFF 2019 preview: "One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk"

The latest feature film from Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk ("Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner") dramatizes a key moment from Inuit oral history: a 1961 encounter on spring sea ice, between Noah Piugattuk, an Inuit camp leader, and an Indian Agent. Read more

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VIFF 2019 preview: "Miel-Emile"

An absorbing portrait of Emile Raaijmakers, also known as Miel, who lives a solitary life in the eastern Pyrenees of France. Miel-Emile, now almost 80 years of age, reflects upon the events of his life, and describes his personal philosophy. Read more

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VIFF: "Mademoiselle de Joncquières"

This French period film from Emmanuel Mouret follows in the footsteps of "Les Liaisons Dangeureuses," as (bachelor) Marquis and (widowed) Marquise engage in a verbal duel of wits and manners. Read more

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VIFF: "Roma"

Alfonso Cuaron's new film, set in Mexico City in 1970/71, is a rich and complex drama in which the slow unravelling of domestic life takes precedence over larger events. Read more

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VIFF: "This Mountain Life"

One of the hits of VIFF 2018 returns to the Vancity Theatre. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "14 Apples" and "Grass"

At any film festival there will be hits and misses: films that you'll rate 5 out of 5, and other films which "didn't work for you," which you'll rate 1. Here are brief reviews of two of my 1s from this year's VIFF. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "3 Faces"

Another film from Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who somehow manages to produce fine work, despite being under a 20-year ban prohibiting him from directing movies or writing screenplays. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Becoming Astrid"

A somewhat routine but enjoyable biopic on the early years of Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "The Proposal"

A documentary by New York artist Jill Magid, depicting her attempts to gain access to the professional archives of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Hendi and Hormoz"

Hendi and Hormoz is one of those films that VIFF is best at: a human story set in an unfamiliar culture and geography, which draws you in because the dilemmas faced by the characters are, to some extent, universal. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "The Happy Prince"

An interesting, but flawed, film about the last years of Oscar Wilde, who lived (and died) in a kind of self-exile in Paris following his release from prison. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "A Paris Education"

This black-and-white film, about a young student filmmaker learning his craft in Paris, is an affectionate tribute to the French "New Wave" cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Seder-Masochism"

One of the most dazzling animated features that you're ever likely to see, this one-woman tour-de-force is a very personal, very musical, take on the Exodus story, blended with tales from the Passover Seder tradition. Read more

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