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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016

**FILE**Teri Garr, center,is shown during an operation, exchanging the bodily organs of young Dr. Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder, left, and the monster, played by Peter Boyle,right, in this 1974 film, "Young Frankenstein." Eight of Mel Brooks gleefully manic movie comedies, including this film, "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety, are part of a new DVD collection. He's working on a stage version of "Young Frankenstein," writing the words and music as he did for "The Producers." (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: NYET166 (AP)

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1. Spokane is Reading: Anthony Marra Thursday, 1 p.m. Spokane Valley Event Center, 10514 E. Sprague Ave., and 7 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. This year’s selection, “The Tsar of Love and Techno,” is a collection of ...

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Spokane Symphonys upcoming performance of Mahlers Symphony No. 3 will be conducted by Eckart Preu with chorale direction by Kristina Ploeger. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Symphony takes on Mahler’s ‘monster’

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is a serious undertaking. It runs nearly 100 minutes, it leapfrogs from one distinct style to another and it requires an orchestra of 200 or so. Mahler isn’t known for his brevity, but this is the longest piece in his ouvre, and he reportedly referred to it as “My Monster.” The Spokane Symphony continues its season with a Classics program devoted entirely to the Austrian composer’s landmark piece, which was performed in full for the first time in 1902.

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Chris Rock joke inspired ‘Madea Halloween’

In his 2014 film “Top Five,” Rock’s filmmaker character made a joke about audiences flocking to see a film called “Boo! A Madea Halloween.” Rock contacted Perry for permission to use the quip, and Perry obliged.

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Paul Nelson Band performs Saturday night at the Bing Crosby Theater. (Courtesy of Paul Nelson Band)

Paul Nelson, legendary guitarist, takes front-man spot

At this point in his career, Paul Nelson has pretty much done it all. As a guitarist, he’s worked with Steve Vai, Eric Clapton, Kool and the Gang’s J.T. Taylor, Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson and countless others. He was also the longtime guitarist and friend of legendary blues musician Johnny Winter.

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Rachel Weisz portrays writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt in “Denial.” (Laurie Sparham / Bleecker Street via AP)

Movie review: In ‘Denial,’ Holocaust denier puts history on trial

“Do you have any idea how hard it is to hand over your conscience to somebody else?” asks Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), eyes wide. That’s the fascinating idea behind Mick Jackson’s drama “Denial,” based on a real-life lawsuit argued in a London courtroom in 2000. Lipstadt, an American historian and professor (early in her career, she was a faculty member in the University of Washington’s Jewish Studies department), was sued for libel in 1996 by British author and Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall). Refusing to settle the case, Lipstadt went to court – and had to sit quietly while British lawyers (led by Richard Rampton, played by Tom Wilkinson) argued her case for her. It’s one of those stories that perhaps makes a better book than a movie (Lipstadt has written about the experience, in the memoir “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”). The film never finds a distinctive visual language, and screenwriter David Hare struggles to simplify a complex case. The characters here are constantly explaining legal matters to each other, for the benefit of the audience.

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Tom Cruise, left, and Cobie Smulders appear in a scene from "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." (David James / AP)

Movie review: ‘Jack Reacher’ plays to Tom Cruise’s strengths

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) will use a gun if the situation calls for it, but he prefers to use his fists. His punches in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” don’t so much land as explode like cannon shots, decimating car windows, cement walls and the faces of his enemies: soldiers turned mercenaries with grown-out buzz cuts. Reacher’s former military himself, an ex-major (emphasis on the “ex”) in the Military Police Corps.

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Isla Fisher, left, and Zach Galifianakis in "Keeping Up With The Joneses." (Frank Masi / AP)

Movie review: ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ disappoints

A wise person once claimed “comparison is the thief of joy” – wise words to keep in mind when impossibly perfect, gorgeous, worldly new neighbors move into the cul-de-sac, as they do in the action-comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses.” But those Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) aren’t exactly what they seem, and have more than a few surprises up their tailored sleeves.

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Lulu Wilson as Doris Zander in “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” directed by Mike Flanagan. (Universal Pictures / Universal Pictures)

Movie review: ‘Ouija’ prequel is spooky fun

For a horror sequel built around a foundation of genre trends, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” contains far more goofy-spooky-fun than one might expect. This prequel to 2014’s “Ouija” takes the retro approach that has made “The Conjuring” franchise so appealing, and layers it on top of the classic little girl possessed narrative. The result isn’t so original, but it sports plenty of stylized thrills and chills that might make you think twice about a night with the Ouija board.

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The Slice: If it feels good, do it

So it won’t be long before the snowbirds head south. Not the ones with feathers. The ones with RVs. I’m not here to judge. They have their reasons for fleeing Spokane each year. They’re good people. But I sort of ...

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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs 1. “Closer” The Chainsmokers with Halsey 2. “24K Magic” Bruno Mars 3. “Starboy” The Weeknd with Daft Punk 4. “Heathens” twenty one pilots 5. “Let Me Love You” DJ Snake with Justin Bieber 6. “Broccoli” D.R.A.M. with Lil ...

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Too Many CooksFree sandwiches!

Great Harvest Bread Co. reopens under new ownership Friday. On Thursday, customers can get a sneak peek – and a free sandwich. The new owners will be giving away sandwiches ...

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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