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The Leisure Seeker: A Clunker That Revs Charm

Movie Review: The Leisure Seeker Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland reunite for a predictable ride into the sunset that pays a visit to On Golden Pond in an RV.  

Amanda Verhagen and Connor Gaston Aglow After First-Time

Interview: Amanda Verhagen and Connor Gaston The filmmakers pulled on some experience growing up in religious environments to bring their debut feature, Devout, to the big screen. Now it's one of three nominees vying for the John Dunning Discovery honours at tonight's Canadian Screen Awards.  

Mina Shum Gets Her Freaky Friday On

Interview: Mina Shum The Vancouver filmmaker always wanted to make a movie about how she and her mother are so different, and in her new movie Meditation Park, she reunites with Sandra Oh to make it happen. By Katherine Monk VANCOUVER — Mina Shum says she's trying to be “a good Chinese daughter.” After a greeting at the door of the hotel suite, she ushers me to a seat, and checks to make sure the publicist is comfortable. The place is all too generic for a talk about the particular. With its creamy white walls and bleached white linens, the hotel room overlooking Vancouver’s downtown skyline is all postcard pretty, displaying snow-capped mountains and green-patina copper rooftops. Shum says she loves every corner of this coastal town, but her new movie Meditation Park is looking at a different view of the city she calls home. Set in the Eastside neighbourhood of Sunrise-Hastings, and focused on one family’s love-laden unravelling, Meditation Park stars Asian heavywe...

A Wrinkle in Time Offers Waking Daydream

Movie review: A Wrinkle in Time Ava DuVernay’s big-budget Disney adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s teen classic takes an earnest route through fairyland and physics, making for a strangely static ride and a Mardi Gras parade of bejewelled movie stars.

Hey, Gringo! This One Is For You!

Movie review: Gringo Nash Edgerton's dark comedy features David Oyelowo as a hapless businessman struggling to stay alive in Mexico after a botched kidnapping, a bad drug deal and festering marital issues leave him deliriously endangered.

Kathleen Hepburn Takes a Metaphorical Skinny Dip

Interview: Kathleen Hepburn The first-time feature director went back to the family cabin in northern B.C. -- and deep into the wilderness of mother-child dynamics -- in Never Steady, Never Still

Red Sparrow Flutters, Flaps, Finally Flies

Movie Review: Red Sparrow Jennifer Lawrence has trouble with a Slavic accent, but she nails the emotional conflict and physicality of a ballet dancer turned sex spy in Francis Lawrence's Cold War thriller that feels like a return to the good old bad days

Look for McDormand, Three Billboards and Nolan for Oscar – Or Not

Movies: Oscar Picks 2018 A strange year without frontrunners leaves Oscar an open field with Three Billboards catching the eye of film critic Katherine Monk for best picture, and Jordan Peele for best original screenplay By Katherine Monk So a plumbing issue has delayed the publication of my picks which I made a few days ago, but never got around to filing because of my frikkin' kitchen sink. Buckets and shammies will have to do for now, and I'll write it all off to being part of a strange, strange year. I'm thinking The Shape of Water could be this year's Color Purple, a film that went in to the show with eleven nods for Steven Spielberg and came out without a single statuette. I don't think Shape of Water will go home without hardware, but most of the prizes will be on the technical side, with Canadian craftspeople coming up strong. But it's getting late. The red carpet it out... so here goes nothing. Best Picture Nominees: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, ...

Death Wish Shoots Blank Point

Movie review: Death Wish Bruce Willis is left to fend for himself in director Eli Roth's inept reload of the Charles Bronson groundbreaker that gave the Everyman a loaded gun and a will to kill

A Fantastic Woman Fuses Realism with Modern Fable

Movie review: A Fantastic Woman Chile's entry into this year's best foreign film race is a crafty exercise in deception that uses our desire to deny the obvious as its greatest gift