COLUMBUS John Cho joins The Edge of Seventeen’s Haley Lu Richardson in this contemplative romance from film essayist Kogonada, making his feature debut, about the son of a Korean starchitect who finds himself stranded in the modernist haven of the title. Columbus opens the Vancouver Asian Film Festival at the River Rock Casino on Thursday (November 2). More details about the four-day fest here.
THE FORCE With outrage building over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, a new chief arrives at an intense time for the Oakland Police Department in Peter Nicks’s (The Waiting Room) documentary, described by Screen Daily as ”Gripping. Inspiring. Brutally Honest.” Opens for a week at the Vancity Theatre on Friday (November 3).
SHADOW WORLD This doc by Johan Grimonprez, one of the finest films of 2016 according the Straight’s Adrian Mack, takes no prisoners in its expose of the international arms trade and some of the key figures—from Reagan and Thatcher to Blair and Obama—who have profited personally or otherwise greased the wheels of permanent global war. At the Vancity Theatre on Sunday (November 5).
DOA: A RITE OF PASSAGE The Vancity Theatre airs Lech Kowalski’s classic document of the punk era, following the Sex Pistols on its ill-fated tour of the US while also capturing concert footage of the Dead Boys, Sham 69, and X-Ray Spex among many others, as well as a notorious interview with Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungeon at their most lost. Screens Monday (November 6).
THE GREAT SILENCE It’s Klaus Kinski versus Jean-Louis Trintignant in Sergio Corbucci’s ultra-bleak, politically radical spaghetti western, released in 1968 and now considered a pinnacle of the genre (and no small influence on a little something called The Hateful Eight.) See the restored version at the Cinematheque for three days starting Friday (November 3-5)