Volkmar Richter

Volkmar Richter reviews new movies opening in Vancouver on Fridays.

Tina Fey goes to war; Judy Hopps goes to Zootopia and cultures clash in the Amazon

Also a Norwegian disaster movie, The Wave, machine gun attacks in London Has Fallen and a killer barber in The Legend of Barney Thompson

On Oscar weekend, six new movies arrive with gods, ski jumpers, a mermaid and Michael Moore

Also dirty cops, Freudian fears on the prairie and a gem about conflict in the Balkans

Watching Jesse Owens in Race, fear and religion in The Witch and bi-polar angst in Touched With Fire

Also there’s a short documentary series with six absolutely up to date controversies

Deadpool high up Vancouver's viaduct, Zoolander back again and a Canadian kid classic remade

And note the extreme sports, some of them brand new, and the environmental issues on view at the Mountain Film Festival

45 Years, a gem about seniors; big-sea action in The Finest Hours, and short Oscar hopefuls

Also Al Purdy, a Canadian poet you should know more about, and a young boy’s angst in The Demons

A stunning Holocaust drama, young adults battling invaders and Robert De Niro in a stinker

Also Noam Chomsky on the seeds of inequality and Canada’s first 3-D movie rediscovered

Michael Bay explains Benghazi, Charlie Kaufman does Anomalisa and the Macbeths reveal what made them do it

Also Ingrid Bergman’s own story, a tour of Renaissance masterpieces and weak films for kids and voyeurs

The Revenant and Mad Max lead the Academy Awards nominations

 OSCAR NOMINATIONS: They came down today close to what most observers expected. With a few surprises. The Revenant, with 12, got too many, I think. And with two slots for Best Picture left blank...

Survival and revenge in The Revenant, Italian films old and new and Canada’s 10 Best

Also a horror thriller that loses its way in The Forest
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