Elegant with Undertones of Sadness

Comedic genius Jacques Tati reborn

Weekly Film Listings – March 17-23

Paul, Limitless, food security film night, Banksy at Movie Monday and more.

Horror & Hijinks

Sci-fi warfare & insuring a few good laughs

Low-cost airline Swoop launches in Canada
Morneau: Feds would back new Trans Mountain investors
Sears Canada job losses very sad, says former executive
Shopper sad about Sears, as chain holds liquidation sales

Weekly Film Listings – March 10-16

Red Riding Hood, Mars Needs Moms, Tron at the IMAX, LA Phil on the big screen, bike doc launch and more.

Short Cuts – March 3

Feminism doc screens on CBC, Leave Them Laughing returns

  • Mar 2nd, 2011

A Celebration of Cinema

CineVic’s legacy was born out of a desire to create movies

  • Mar 2nd, 2011

Weekly Film Listings – March 3-9

Johnny Depp slithers into Rango, Don Quixote gets the ballet treatment and Waste Land visits Cinecenta.

Two Faces of Hell

One bleakly beautiful, the other brazenly bad

English Bittersweet & Bloody Berlin

A year with Mike Leigh, a week with Liam Neeson

Weekly Film Listings – February 24-March 2

Nick Cage leaves hell, Felini's Casanova, Scene + Heard, Spike and Mike's, Winter's Bone and more.

  • Feb 24th, 2011

No Depth

The first minutes of Sanctum have breathtaking visuals reminiscent of an IMAX film. A helicopter nimbly swoops over remote wooded terrain in Papua New Guinea before circling what looks like a massive cenote that plunges down for hundreds and hundreds of feet to the surface of a circular lake. This proves to be the entrance to a labyrinthine and mostly unexplored cave system that is being probed by scuba divers aided by an aqua-robot used for video reconnaissance and a topside support team with elaborate communications gear.

Weekly Film Listings – February 10-16

justin bieber: never say never -(Odeon/SilverCity/Caprice) Canada's pop music phenom hits the big screen with a 3-D concert film that will have the tweens swooning. Starts Fri.

  • Feb 8th, 2011

VFF 2011 – Made in Victoria

W e know that Vancouver Island is special; that’s probably part of the reason most of us choose to live here. But it isn’t just the amazing natural beauty and the temperate climate that set it apart from other places; it’s the people that make our communities so special.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

VFF Guest Revew – Cincecenta’s Michael Hoppe

■ Into Eternity ★★★★ — It begins with the camera gliding into a long, dark tunnel, which leads to the world’s first permanent repository for radioactive nuclear waste, currently being blasted out of solid rock 500 meters below Finland.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

VFF Guest Review – A News’ Adam Sawatsky

■ The Market ★★★ ½ — The Market is about the illegal organ trade in India. It follows the lives of two women and their families, one from India who wants to sell her kidney to pay off debts, and the other is from Nanaimo and has been waiting five years for a new kidney. In an attempt to save her life, her family wants her to explore the option of buying an organ from India.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

VFF 2011 – Having Fun Yet?

It’s one of those universal truths: as condos go up, music venues shut down. Whether you live in London, New York or even here in Victoria. One need only look as far as the former home of Steamers (now a bike shop topped with heritage apartments) for proof of this adage — and when Melissa James moved from Montreal to Vancouver, she saw evidence of the trend everywhere.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

Comedy and Tragedy

People who like classical music, character-driven farce and/or films with a European sensibility should hurry up to Cinecenta for The Concert. This Russian-French co-production opens at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as a politically disgraced ex-conductor goes about his janitorial chores. Still haunted by memories of 30 years ago when he was celebrated as “Le Maestro,” Andrei Filipov is dusting the director’s office when a fax comes in, a last-minute invitation for the Bolshoi Orchestra to perform at the famed Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Quicker than you can say “great comedic premise,” Filipov pockets the fax and puts in motion an elaborate scam whereby he and his old orchestra mates can sneak off to Paris and finally complete the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto that Brezhnev cut off halfway through as a deliberate public humiliation.

VFF 2011 – go beyond the screen

■ The Process with Larry Weinstein – Get a sneak peek at the latest work by filmmaker Larry Weinstein (Mozart Balls, Inside Hana’s Suitcase): a “controversial political opera” about a former Canadian prime minister. Weinstein will walk the audience through the mostly-completed work, which will premiere across Canada April 16. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Odeon.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

VFF Guest Review – Atomic Vaudeville’s Kelly Hudson

■ Lesson Plan ★★★ — A documentary based on a classroom experiment called the Third Wave led by an unorthodox history teacher named Ron Jones in 1967. Jones started the movement to demonstrate to his students how easy it is to be led into a fascist regime.

  • Feb 1st, 2011

VFF Guest Review – Dogwood Initiative’s Gordon O’Connor

■ You Are Here ★★★ — Put your thinking caps on for this one. It’s a slow contemplative movie about the existence of self in a collective consciousness. It is sort of like The Matrix except without the special effects and bad acting from Keanu Reeves.

  • Feb 1st, 2011