The Death of Stalin

UK 2017. Dir: Armando Iannucci. 106 mins. VENUE: Various cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

You´d think this film was a tragedy, from the title and the first few scenes. Then you realize it´s a dark comedy from writer/director Armando Iannucci who´s known, as in the the HBO comedy “Veep,” to depict politicians as not only vapid but also crass.Full review



Don't Look Now

Dates and Venue 29 August – 1 September 2011 | Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Cinematheque continues its quest to provide the best examples of cinematic excellence to Vancouver audiences in an exciting collection of Nicolas Roeg’s films, aptly titled “Out There”. Roeg has been quoted as saying that a film is merely an expression of a film maker’s thought, wondering if anyone is “out there” understanding those thoughts. Full review




The Insult

Lebanon 2017. Dir: Ziad Doueiri. 112 min.

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is a superb film, full of suspense and excellent court scenes. It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival as well as at TIFF. At Venice, Kamel El Basha won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. It was selected as the Lebanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, and marks Lebanon’s first ever entry into the Oscar race. Full review






Tomorrow´s Power

Canada 2017. Dir: Amy Miller. 78 min.

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Recently awarded the Best Documentary Feature Film Award at the Sydney World Film Festival, this film by Canadian documentary filmmaker and activist Amy Miller, from Montréal, will premiere at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on February 20th. Full review






xEuropean Union Film Festival 2017

Dates and Venue November 24 - December 4, 2017 | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The Cinematheque's 20th Annual European Union Film Festival featured entries from 25 EU members, and enabled Vancouver audiences to enjoy the beauty and culture of these countries without leaving the comfort of the cinema. This year's line up included award winners, official Oscar submissions, and many Vancouver premieres. Three of the films, All the Best, Mellow Mud and Barcelona Christmas Night are reviewd here. Read reviews.