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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016




Adam Devine, left, and Zac Efron star in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” (Gemma LaMana / 20th Century Fox)

Movie review: ‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

Although the premise is spelled out right there in the title, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” makes very little sense. That’s despite it being (shockingly) based on a book. Well, a “book,” written by brothers Mike and Dave Stangle as an obligatory cash-in on their viral Craigslist ad.

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In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chloe, voiced by Lake Bell, from left, Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and Mel, voiced by Bobby Moynihan, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

Movie review: ‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in this enjoyable kids film

A movie about what pets do during the day is a winning premise. Of course we want to know what those adorable creatures with whom we share our lives are up to, and so “The Secret Life of Pets” is here to explore those possibilities. Turns out their days are much more dramatic and crazier than ours, with all sorts of underworld pet societies and warring animal factions. There’s apparently a lot to keep secret in the lives of these pets.

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Daniel McKeever as Don Quixote in The Modern’s production of “Man of La Mancha.” (Photo by Daniel D. Baumer)

Modern merges fantasy, reality with ‘Man of La Mancha’

“Don Quixote” is a story that toys with perception and identity, the tale of a man who is so disenchanted with the world that he’d prefer to live in delusion. The revered musical “Man of La Mancha” merges the plot of that influential 17th century novel with a chapter in the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes, and it hits the Modern Spokane’s stage this weekend under the direction of Troy Nickerson and Heather McHenry-Kroetch.

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Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in “The Big Short.” (Paramount Pictures / Paramount Pictures)

Stream on Demand: ‘The Big Short’ is big on laughs 

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.Pay-per-view / video on demand“I Saw the Light” stars Tom Hiddleston as country-western legend Hank Williams in the story of his rise to fame and spiral ...

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Alice in Chains play at the INB Performing Arts Center on July 9. (COURTESY PHOTO / Courtesy photo)

7 Nights Out: A look at what’s on deck this week

1. Alice in ChainsMega-platinum rock band with roots in Seattle’s grunge scene returns to Spokane. When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: $49.50-$74.50, through TicketsWest Info: inbpac.com2. Wallace Blues FestivalAnnual event features ...

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Mozart on a Summer’s Eve: Say ‘Cello’ to Bailey and friends

Renowned cellist Zuill Bailey spends the early part of his summer in Alaska, where he is artistic director of the Sitka Music Festival and where he teaches the Sitka Cello Seminar, a workshop for rising stars of the cello world. Then, as he’s done for the past several years, he pops down to Spokane for Mozart on a Summer’s Eve, the annual two-night concert series held in Manito Park as part of Northwest Bach Festival.

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Looking ahead: Concerts on the horizon

Looking ahead Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketsWest (TW); Ticketmaster (TM); Ticketweb (TB); Ticketfly (TF), Hold My Ticket (HMT), Northern Quest (NQ), Nashville North (NN, www.thenashvillenorth.com), the Bartlett (BT, www.thebartlettspokane.com), Festival at Sandpoint (FS, www.festivalatsandpoint.com), Brown Paper Tickets ...

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Comedian Sarah Silverman ‘lucky to be alive’ after surgery

LOS ANGELES – Comedian Sarah Silverman said she’s “insanely lucky to be alive” after undergoing surgery and spending a week in the intensive care unit due to what she calls “a freak case of epiglottitis.” Epiglottitis is a swelling of the cartilage lid that covers the windpipe. The condition can block the flow of air into lungs and is potentially life threatening.

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Cimino chased grand, costly visions: The film director’s high goals and aim for glory are evident in all his work – not just his notable flop

It is impossible to mourn the death Saturday of Michael Cimino without confronting the loss of what he and his New Hollywood ilk represented: an audacious, ecstatic, sensuous, deranged and ultimately staggering vision of what the movies could be, and a willingness to pursue that vision utterly without compromise.

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