Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Director April Mullen’s feature Badsville screens at the Rio Theatre as part of this year’s BadAss Film Festival.

The Fourth Annual International Vancouver Badass Film Festival is the biggest edition of the annual festival in its four-year history.

Running Feb. 23-25 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the event includes six feature-length films (including four premieres), shorts, special guests and a circus performance. Visit vbaff.com for details.

One of those feature-length films is April Mullen’s violent gang film Badsville (screening at 10 p.m. Feb. 24). We talked to the director, who splits her time between Toronto, L.A. and other locales, about Badsville, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and being part of a festival like Badass.

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Badass welcomes Badsville at film fest this weekend

Cult classic sequel and lots more at the first ever JFL NorthWest Film Festival

Be among the first to see clips from Super Troopers 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 cult film screening at the JFL NorthWest Film Festival (March 1-10).

A long-awaited sequel to a comedy cult classic, special live events, short films and panels are part of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival.

This year marks the debut of the film component of the festival. The inaugural edition of the JFL NorthWest Film Festival runs concurrently with the comedy festival itself, March 1-10. Below, we look at some of the highlights from among eight features (including B.C. premieres and a world premiere), 23 shorts, three panels and three special events. Many of the events take place at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.), Vancity Theatre (1181 Seyour St.) and the Sutton Place Hotel (845 Burrard St.).

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Cult classic sequel and lots more at the first ever JFL NorthWest Film Festival

Eight movies to see at this year’s European Film Festival in Vancouver

A scene from As We Were Dreaming, one of the films screening at this year’s European Film Festival.

The East German Trainspotting, Hungary’s highest-budgeted film, and Romania’s entry for the upcoming Academy Awards are among the films screening at this year’s European Film Festival (Nov. 24-Dec. 4).

Presented by Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.), the Vancouver consulates and the Ottawa embassies of the member states of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, the 20th Annual European Union Film Festival features entries from 25 EU members. Vancouver audiences can experience the culture of these countries without buying a plane ticket, never mind squeezing into those narrower and narrower seats and fighting for space in the overhead bins.

Here are some, but by no means all, of the highlights from this year’s festival.

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Eight movies to see at this year’s European Film Festival in Vancouver

VIFF’s Sea to Sky stream presents the best of BC

A still from the documentary Meet Beau Dick.

The 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival starts in just two days. That means hundreds of films from all over the world are coming to Vancouver theatres Sept 28-Oct 13. And there’s a special spotlight on B.C.-made work, too.

The Sea to Sky programming stream documentaries, full-length features, discussions and more from the creative nexus that is British Columbia. Here’s a look at some of what’s on offer.

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VIFF’s Sea to Sky stream presents the best of BC

Canadian picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

A scene from the BC-shot Suck It Up.

While the Toronto International Film Festival premieres many of the high-profile, Oscar-baiting Hollywood releases, the Vancouver International Film Festival has carved a niche for itself by emphasizing Canadian and foreign releases. This year’s Canadian slate includes feature films and documentaries in the True North program as well as films by emerging filmmakers in the Future//Present series. Here’s a look at a few of the more notable Canadian releases screening at the fest, which runs Sept. 28-Oct 13 at various theatres in town.

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Canadian picks at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Cinematheque announces its summer film noir lineup!

William Gargan and Janis Carter in Night Editor.

In what’s become a Vancouver/Cinematheque tradition, every summer brings a new lineup of classic noir films to the arthouse theatre on Howe. Thanks to some clever sleuthing (i.e. an email request), we were able to procure an early look at the top-secret programme. Herewith, some of the private eyes, femme fatales and evil masterminds coming to the city this August.

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Cinematheque announces its summer film noir lineup!

Never mind La La Land, Frankenstein Created Bikers is coming to Vancouver!

Vancouver actor Tristan Risk in Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Film fans are getting excited about February 26.

Sure, that’s the date we’ll find out by how much the musical La La Land cleans up at the 89th Academy Awards. But it’s also the day that Vancouver gets to see Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Described by screenanarchy.com as a “love letter to exploitation films carved into a bullet -and sent skyrocketing into the air after several beers on the Fourth of July at a biker rally,” the 2016 film is screening as part of the Third Annual Badass Film Festival at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway, near Commercial). In all, the one-day festival is screening three full-length movies as well as over 20 short films, and includes an awards ceremony, trailers and live performances.

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Never mind La La Land, Frankenstein Created Bikers is coming to Vancouver!