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The Quietude

Argentina, 2018. dir. Pablo Trapero, 111 min.

Dates and Venues Opens March 15, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Erin Jane

Two beautiful and intensely close sisters reunite in a complicated story of love and family in this emotional drama by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero. Set in a beautiful countryside ranch called “La Quietud”, this picturesque family homestead sets the scene for sisters joining together as their aging father falls critically ill. Full review

 

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The Hummingbird Project

Canada/Belgium, 2018. dir. Kim Nguyen, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens March 18, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Gambling, whether it´s high stakes like this one, or even the scratch cards, is a losing game. Perhaps less than one percent are lucky and hit the jackpot. In this film, it´s the other 99% that´s involved. High stakes stock trading - you want to make millions or bust. and bust it is in this drama-thriller. Full review

 

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Green Book

USA 2018. dir. Peter Farrely. 130 mins.

Available on Digital February 19 and on 4K Ultra HD, "Blu-Ray" and DVD March 12

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is a touching story based on the lives of Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx who becomes the driver of an African Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of venues to the deep south during those restless years of racism in the early years of the 1960s. Obviously, they encounter racial problems during this tour. In 1962. Full review

 

 

Oscar Shorts 2019: Live Action

Dates and Venue Feb. 22 at 1pm, Feb. 23 at 1pm | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Madre Spain, dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado, 19 mins.
Fauve Canada, dir. Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon, 17 minutes
Marguerite Canada, dir. Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset, 19 mins.
Detainment Ireland, dir. Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, 30 mins.
Skin USA, dir. Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, 20 mins.

Reviewer Jason Martin

Brevity packs a punch in this series of short live-action Oscar-nominated films, a category often overlooked by mainstream moviegoers. This year’s 2019 nominees tackle a mélange of touching, perturbing and tumultuous themes, ranging from racism, murder, unexpected loss and lesbian love. Full review


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52 Words for Love

Canada 2018. dirs. James Blokland and Andrea Moodie, 95 mins.

Date and Venue 14 Feb @itunes

Distributor: Propinquity Pictures

Reviewer Ed Farolan

For those who want to find out what love is all about, here's a film opening on Valentine's Day describing love in 52 words. When Alice sets out to post one synonym for love every week for a year, she inadvertently sends a gentle ripple through her social network and discovers more about relationships than she imagined. Combining doc interviews with narrative drama, this film is somewhat of a cross between a reality show and a documentary. Full review

 

 

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Jonathan

USA, 2018. dir. Bill Oliver, 95 mins.

Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

For those who enjoy films like Psycho, Three Faces of Eve, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you ought to like this psychological sci-fi.Full review

 

 

 

 

Nothing Like A Dame

UK, 2018. Dir. Roger Michell, 102 mins.

Dates and Venue Jan. 22 at 4:30pm, 6:30pm, Jan. 23 at 6:50pm, Jan. 27 at 5:10pm, Jan 29 at 5:30pm | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Featured within this year’s line-up for the Vancouver International Film Festival, this comedic documentary invites the audience to be invisible bystanders and listen in on an afternoon catch-up amongst four long time friends, most notably known to the rest of the world as Dames. Full review



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Serenity

USA, 2019. dir. Steven Knight, 106 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens January 25, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

There is this new reality we call virtual reality, and in this film, the director-writer wants to combine this illusional reality with the film noir reality. We start suspecting a programmed reality when Patrick (Rafael Sayegh), the son of Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is in his room working on a programming project on his computer. Full review

 

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The Destroyer

USA, 2018. dir. Karyn Kusama, 121 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens January 25, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I expected more from this film. Nicole Kidman was miscast. She didn't even have energy. She was either overacting, as in the scene when her lover and fellow cop was killed or under acting. Overacting in the sense that she kept on crying and crying. I mean, the director should have cut that scene in half. She was mostly underacting. She kept on whispering and talking with no energy at all. I could hardly understand what she was saying. Full review

 

 

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The Upside

USA, 2017. dir. Neil Burger, 125 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens January 11, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Based on a true story, this comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man (Bryan Cranston) with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him is a pretty interesting picture, especially with comedian Kevin Hart as the unemployed man on parole. Full review


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Vox Lux

USA, 2018. dir. Brady Corbet, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Date and Venue Opens Jan 10, 2019 at Rio Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In an interview, Natalie Portman mentions how she idolized Madonna as a pop star in her teenage years, and wished she´d become one. That´s why she grabbed the opportunity to play a pop star. It was actually Rooney Mara who was to play the role but she backed out. Full review

 

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Second Act

USA, 2018. dir. Peter Segal. 103 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens December 21, 2018 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is the typical JLo film where an ambitious poor girl gets either a rich guy to marry (Maid in Manhattan) or gets rich herself (the latter is the topic in this film). Full review

 

 

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Ben Is Back

USA, 2018. dir. Peter Hedges, 103 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens December 14, 2018. Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In this film, Peter Hedges directs his son, Lucas Hedges, who plays Ben, a drug addicted teenage boy who shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve. I like this film; it kept me interested from beginning till the end. Julia Roberts who plays the mom of Ben is fabulous; you could see her emotions in her facial expressions, especially on close-ups. Full review

 

 

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At Eternity's Gate

UK/USA/FRANCE, 2018. dir. Julian Scnabel, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens November 2018 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

There have been a lot of films and documentaries about Vincent Van Gogh, and even songs ("Starry, Starry Night"). Each one interprets his life differently. In this case, Schnabel focuses on the paintings and takes a different biopic approach. In fact, in his interpretation, Van Gogh cut his ear because his friend Gaugin left him to go back to Paris, instead of the common belief that he cut it for a prostitute. Schnabel also interprets his death not as a suicide but a homicide by a group of boys. Full review

 

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The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

USA 2018. Dir: Zack Bernbaum. 102 mins. Opens December Various select cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film is somewhat funny in a tragic sort of way. It's about two siblings who are sent on a fool's errand to a small town in Poland. They are compelled to go at the urging of their grandmother, their "bubbie," who is dying, to find the remains of her dog who died sometime before WWII. Full review


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The House with a Clock in its Walls

USA, 2018. dir. Eli Roth. 105 mins.

Distributor: Unversal Pictures

Date and Venue DVD/ On Demand December 18, 2018 Cable TV

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This delightfully thrilling tale of a mysterious house where things, including the inhabitants, are not what they seem to be,arrives on Digital on November 27, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 18, 2018. Based on the classic children’s book, this is a funny but at the same time scary film for both children and adults. Full review