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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2016

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Miles Teller, left, and Jonah Hill in a scene from, “War Dogs.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures / AP)

Movie review: ‘War Dogs’ tells a crazy story of young arms dealers

“War Dogs” is too good of a true story not to get the Hollywood treatment, even if the end result doesn’t entirely do justice to the moral ambiguities and larger geopolitical implications of one of the craziest hustles in modern American history. Essentially, in 2007, a couple of 20-something stoners from Miami Beach landed a nearly $300 million contract from the Department of Defense to supply ammunition to the Afghan military. And, unbeknownst to the U.S. government at the time, many of the supplies they were selling were more than 40 years old, manufactured in China and basically unusable.

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The North Idaho State Fair returns to Coeur d’Alene starting Wednesday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

North Idaho State Fair a romp around the world

If the mix of entertainment seems eclectic at the North Idaho State Fair next week, that’s no accident. Fair organizers went looking for attractions representing different corners of the globe to fit the theme, “The World of Fun.”

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Jeff Bridges, left, and Gil Birmingham in “Hell or High Water.” (CBS Films / Tribune News Service)

Movie review: In ‘Hell or High Water,’ empathy for cops, robbers

“Hell or High Water” is a gripping heist drama keenly attuned to the outsider politics of our times. Set in the desolate sprawl of West Texas, it opens, like many such movies do, with a bank robbery. Outside the building, spray-painted on the wall are the words: “3 tours in Iraq, but no bailout for people like us.” Later, after another holdup, Texas Rangers try to pry information from reluctant witnesses. “Bank been robbing me for 30 years,” a man tells them, explaining why he might be a bit vague on supplying helpful details.

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Vanilla Ice performs on NBC’s “Today” show in April. Ice will be joined by other 1990s hip-hop stars on an I Love the ’90s Tour coming to Spokane. (Charles Sykes / Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

On Sale: Tickets you might want to snap up

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday to see: I Love the ’90s Tour with Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa with Spindarella, Color Me Badd and others on Oct. 2 at the Spokane Arena. Tickets are $47.50-$87.50 through TicketsWest. Steve Martin ...

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This image released by Focus Features shows characters Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConnaghey, Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson and Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron in a scene from the animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings.” (Laika Studios/Focus Features / AP)

Movie review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ strums stop-motion wonder

Early in “Kubo and the Two Strings,” our hero meekly strides into an ancient Japanese village marketplace the way Toshiro Mifune might have entered a Kurosawa film, but with greater bustle. Kubo, a young boy with bangs draped over his patched eye, is no traditional warrior. He sits down, pulls out his shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese lute), and soon his strumming sends the paper sitting in front of him spinning through the air and folding itself into fantastical origami forms: a yellow chicken, flapping its wings; Kubo’s samurai father, in red, slashing his little sword.

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Buddy Guy performs at RFK Stadium on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (Nick Wass / Nick Wass/Invision/AP)

7 Nights Out: Fun to be found in the week ahead

1. Buddy GuyLegendary blues guitarist and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is on his “Born to Play Guitar” tour, another step in his five-decade career. When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. ...

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Performer Abbey Crawford, center poses for a photo with fellow performers Jim Swoboda, left, and Alyssa Day, right on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at The Bing in Spokane, Wash. Crawford has gathered some of her talented friend together for a one-night-only evening of cabaret, with proceeds to benefit local nonprofits. TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Singer, director Abbey Crawford gathers friends for benefit show

“Make It Matter with Music” is a musical revue hosted by local jazz vocalist and theater director Abbey Crawford and featuring various local stage performers. Taking the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater on Saturday, the show will also serve as a fundraiser for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, the Modern Theater and Friends of the Bing.

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Too Many CooksBack to Beard House

A team from Sante Restaurant and Charcuterie is headed back to the James Beard House in New York City at the end of October. Before then, the restaurant is hosting ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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