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Movie review: Jason Bourne, again

In this overstuffed action film Matt Damon returns as the spy with amnesia, although this time he remembers everything far too clearly — except when to stop  
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Who you gonna call? Ghostbustiers?

Movie review: Ghostbusters A new version of the 1984 comedy spotlights an accomplished, all-female cast, which just goes to prove that unnecessary remakes know no sexual boundaries
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Captain Fantastic loses heart

Movie Review: Captain Fantastic In this eccentric family drama, Viggo Mortensen plays an aging hippie who is living off the grid and educating his brood of children in the wilderness  
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Our Kind of Traitor is John le Carre lite

Movie Review: Our Kind of Traitor Spy adventure about an ordinary couple caught up in the world of the Russian mafia and crooked British politicians lacks the gritty atmosphere — and the plausibility — of the best espionage drama  

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan to jury new refugee film prize

News: VIFF, Radcliffe Foundation sponsor new short film competition Former mining entrepreneur Frank Giustra hopes to inspire and engage Canadians about the 'greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our generation' through original, 'call-to-action' short films By The Ex-Press Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan and Atom Egoyan are just a few of the big names putting their clout behind a new film competition conceived as a “call to action” for the global refugee crisis. Sponsored by the Radcliffe Foundation in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Refugee Crisis Film Competition will award a $20,000 prize to the best short film – up to 60 seconds in length – to a film that “inspires, engages and empowers Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis.” The competition is open to all filmmakers across all genres and will feature a nine-member jury that includes the Prime Minister’s partner, McLachlan and Egoyan, as well as ...

Paul McCartney biography blows up Beatles lore

Book Review: Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman When Philip Norman first wrote about The Beatles in his 1981 book Shout, he earned Paul's wrath by claiming John Lennon was "three-quarters" of the band, but 25 years later he sets the creative record straight by hailing Paul as the boundary-breaking Beatle
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Movie review: Maggie’s Plan is a loopy rom-com

Indie darling Greta Gerwig plays a single woman who longs for a baby in a Rebecca Miller film that comes from the Woody Allen school of New York City angst  
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Sunset Song a sombre beauty

Movie review: Sunset Song English filmmaker Terence Davies creates a sad and lovely portrait, in light and shadow, of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood on the eve of the First World War
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The Nice Guys is an Abbott and Costello noir

Movie review: The Nice Guys Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe team up for a violent buddy comedy that plays like a tribute to the pratfalls of an earlier era    

Big Time, Small Talk, Woodstock

Book Review: Small Town Talk Barney Hoskyns is the leading chronicler of the Woodstock generation and he explores the lasting legacy of a mindset birthed in mud-covered love in his new book, Small Town Talk