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Us

USA 2019. dir. Jordan Peele. 130 mins.

Available on 4K Ultra HD, "Blu-Ray" and DVD on June 18

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, this psychological horror film is about a family who are confronted by murderous dopelgangers known as "the Tethered". Full review

 

 

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T-34

Russia 2019. dir. Aleksey Sidorov. 139 mins.

Available on DVD

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Good timing to celebrate D-Day with this Russian version of WWII. In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Full review

 

 

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Furie

Vietnam 2019. dir. Le-Van Kiet. 98 mins.

Available on DVD and distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This exciting action thriller starsVeronica Ngo as an ex-gangster who is lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother. However, she can't escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped, and as she searches for her in Saigon, she comes across the gangsters she was involved with 10 years ago. Full review

 

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Wild Nights with Emily

USA 2018. dir. Madeleine Olnek. 111 mins.

VIFF 10-13 June Vancity Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

There were two things that struck me about this film: her poetic style and the lighthearted way it was directed. Full review

 

 

 

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Big Brother

Hong Kong , 2018. dir. Kam Ka-Wai, 111 mins.

Available on DVD

Reviewer Ed Farolan

.This Hong Kong secondary school melodrama didn´t get very good reviews. Some critics like Roger Ebert found it corny, but for some reason, I like melodramas, especially when it´s mixed with martial arts. Full review

 

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Triple Threat

USA/Thailand/China, 2019. dir. Jesse V. Johnson, 96 mins.

Dates and Venues Opens May 19, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

.For those who are into action pictures, especially Asian ones, this film is for you, just as it is for me. Starring action stars from three countries who pose the "the triple threat" -- Tony Jaa (Thailand), Iko Iwais (Indonesia), Tiger Chen (China), this movie is about a hit contract taken out on a Chinese billionaire's daughter (Celina Jade) who is intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. Full review

 

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High Life

USA/France/UK/Germany/Poland, 2018. dir. Claire Denis, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens April 19, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

.For those who are into sci-fi, this film about a father and his daughter struggling to survive in deep space where they live in isolation is something to reckon with. French director/writer Claire Denis comes up with an interesting storyline about a group of prisoners serving death sentences and being used as guinea pigs in a deep space mission. Full review

 

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Teen Spirit

USA, 2018. dir. Max Minghella, 92 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens April 19, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is one of many modern Cinderella stories, particularly like the JLo films, where poor girl goes from rags to riches.Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. She enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Full review

 

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Glass

USA 2019. dir. M. Night Shyamalan. 129 mins.

Available on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, "Blu-Ray" and DVD

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson as the three superheroes, this film questions whether we as humans are capable of superpowers. In this film, security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. They are eventually caught and put in an institution for the criminally insane. Meanwhile, Elijah Price / Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), a superhumanly intelligent mass murderer and comic book theorist, is David's sworn arch enemy. He has been in the institution for 18 years. Full review

 

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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