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Rob Stewart: A Rare Gift to the Oceans and the World

His film ‘Sharkwater’ drew us in, compelled us to act, and inspired us.

By Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, 23 Feb 2017


The Documentaries Are Getting Angry

Films like ‘Angry Inuk’ are sharp, fierce manifestos, proving film’s power to slash new trails in the darkness.

By Dorothy Woodend, 18 Feb 2017


‘I Am Not Your Negro’: Film Charts Nightmares Behind the American Dream

James Baldwin’s voice, filmmaker’s vision produce an experience that matters.

By Dorothy Woodend, 4 Feb 2017


‘Tampopo’: Celebration of Food, Friendship, Sex and Hope Still Satisfies

A Japanese classic, this slurpable film feast screens in Vancouver later this month.

By Dorothy Woodend, 21 Jan 2017


Win Tickets to ‘KDocs,’ Kwantlen’s Burgeoning Documentary Film Fest

Documentary pairs with discussion, debate and dialogue at this unique February event.

By Tyee Staff, 9 Jan 2017


‘Silence’: Typical Scorsese, with Ample Wailing

This film is a long and painful journey, so use the bathroom first.

By Dorothy Woodend, 7 Jan 2017


A Guide to the Best of 2016’s Junk Movies

Sometimes — especially this year — only the film equivalent of junk food can nourish the soul.

By Dorothy Woodend, 29 Dec 2016


Two Films that Share a Vivid, Deep Understanding of the Oddness of the Human Experience

‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘Moonlight’ highlights in a year of compelling, beautiful movies.

By Dorothy Woodend, 21 Dec 2016


‘Rogue One’: A Star Wars Prequel Without Magic, or Even Life

Ultimately, a dreary demonstration of calculated, market-tested moviemaking.

By Dorothy Woodend, 16 Dec 2016


Comfort Me, Gilmore Girls

These stressful times demand your small-town, screwball dramedy. Welcome back.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Nov 2016


‘Arrival’: A Welcome Film about Unity and Communication

And about how language constructs reality. We’ve never needed it more.

By Dorothy Woodend, 17 Nov 2016


‘The Damage Done’: A Documentary that Listens to Veterans

In it, three generations of Canadian soldiers reflect on war’s impacts. Let’s hear them.

By Frederick Blichert, 11 Nov 2016


Will Trump, the First Anti-Hero Presidential Candidate, Win or ‘Die Hard’?

To understand his campaign, look to the movies and TV.

By Bill Tieleman, 8 Nov 2016


‘Miss Hokusai,’ ‘Moonlight’ and Fall Film Brilliance

Skip away from TV this weekend, with much goodness on offer in actual movie theatres.

By Dorothy Woodend, 5 Nov 2016



Trump, Gadhafi, computer utopian idealists... Adam Curtis’s new film tries to make sense of our current cultural moment.

By Dorothy Woodend, 24 Oct 2016


New CBC Shows Mostly a Step Forward for Asian Canadians

‘Kim’s Convenience’ could even become a Canadian classic. But I have a few questions.

By Kai Nagata, 14 Oct 2016


‘Manchester by the Sea’ and the Power of Shared Experience

VIFF screening creates collectivity of emotion in audience.

By Dorothy Woodend, 10 Oct 2016


‘Maudie,’ or the Difference between Great and Good Films

VIFF opener has many strengths, but misses the messiness of reality. Plus, Woodend’s festival picks.

By Dorothy Woodend, 1 Oct 2016


Who Gets to Die? A New Documentary Asks Hard Questions

CBC explores implications of Canada’s new medical assistance in dying law.

By Frederick Blichert, 30 Sep 2016


‘The Tunnel’: A Thrilling Break from Summer’s Limp Cinema

Amid the standard buffet of blammo and sausage parties, finally: a film to love.

By Dorothy Woodend, 26 Aug 2016