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Tired characters, gags hurt ‘Life in Ruins’

The adorable Nia Vardalos makes an obvious choice for “My Life in Ruins,” a movie she hopes will recapture a bit of her “Big Fat Greek Wedding” mojo from 2002. …

At a glance: ‘Land of the Lost’

A time-space vortex sucks a scientific has-been (Will Ferrell) and his companions into an alternate dimension. Running time/rating: 1:33; PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language including a drug reference

Web site offers movie pee times

If you’re heading to a movie theater this weekend – perhaps to see that new Disney-Pixar film – there’s a Web site that could help you know when to get …

At a glance: ‘Showstoppers Too’

What: Broadway revue with music from “Funny Girl,” “Gypsy,” “Cats,” “Mame,” “Hello Dolly” and more. When: Today-Saturday, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; June 12-13, 8:30 p.m.

At a glance: ‘The Hangover’

After a wild stag party, three groomsmen must find their missing pal before his wedding. Running time/rating: 1:40; R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, some drug material

At a glance: ‘Brothers Bloom’

Crack con men (Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody) take on one final job involving a beautiful, eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz). Running time/rating: 1:53; PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong …

At a glance: Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

What: Farewell tour by female trio, presented by KPBX-FM. When/where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague; Wednesday, Panida Theater, 300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint


Among the acts at area venues over the coming week: Bigfoot Pub and Eatery, 9115 N. Division St.: tonight- Saturday, Big Hair Revolution (’70s/’80s classic rock), 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


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A symphony of suds, films

Want to combine symphonic music and beer? Here’s the drill: • Show up at the Maestro’s Brew Party tent in the parking lot of the Martin Woldson Theater at the …

Local playwrights showcased

The Spokane Civic Theatre will showcase its co-playwrights-in- residence – Bryan Harnetiaux and Sandra Hosking – this weekend at the Firth Chew Studio Theatre. The “Harnetiaux and Hosking Weekend” will …

Elkfest 5 looks like a 10

Now in its fifth year, ElkFest has become a regional indie-rock institution smack in the heart of Browne’s Addition. Adjacent to the massive ArtFest visual arts fair in Coeur d’Alene …

‘Up’ & away

If Pixar films don’t look or feel like the animation of any other studio, it may be because the employees are encouraged to take risks. “We expect to fail at …

You won’t regret being dragged along

The name alone, “Drag Me to Hell,” tells you exactly what this is: an unabashed celebration of B-movie schlockery. But the dichotomies director Sam Raimi presents within that familiar genre …

‘New In Town’ suffers from same old story

‘New In Town’ There’s nothing novel about this overly familiar farce, a creaky romantic-comedy-fish-out-of-water tale about a tightly wound corporate executive (Renee Zellweger) who finds herself temporarily reassigned from sunny …

Soto on target in ‘Sugar’

“Sugar” is a baseball movie in the way that “Macbeth” is a play about kilts. The subject of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s lovely character study is Miguel “Sugar” Santos …

Lopez’s star will soon shine in late night

Lost amidst all of the hype about Conan and Jay is this development: George Lopez has been signed to host his own late-night talk show on TBS. The show, which …

Exceptional characters truly a thing of ‘Beauty’

Fans of the poet Robert Graves will recognize the title of Jan Hrebejk’s “Beauty in Trouble,” which was inspired by Graves’ verse of the same name (“Beauty in trouble flees …


Among the live acts at local venues over the coming week: Bigfoot Pub and Eatery, 9115 N. Division St.: tonight-Saturday, Native Sun (classic rock), 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


Capsule reviews with star ratings are written by reviewers for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sasquatch tries on Pants

James Pants has seen the world, but his favorite place is home. The Spokane DJ and R&B experimentalist has toured Europe five times. He just finished his first extended headlining …

Tom Cruise’s hero sees the light in ‘Valkyrie’

‘Valkyrie’ Expectations for Tom Cruise’s history-based thriller about Claus von Stauffenberg’s 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler were low. And against all expectations he has fashioned a successful if not …

Review: ‘Salvation’ packs action, little else

The machines are winning. That’s how I felt after “Terminator Salvation,” the fourth installment in a franchise that used to make us care about the characters but has now – …

Review: ‘12’ absorbing but runs too long

A dozen Russians gather in a high school gym to consider the fate of a young Chechen man accused of murdering his Russian stepfather. They don’t know each other’s names, …

Mohr’s always been a stand-up guy

Jay Mohr has packed a lot of variety into his career: • His stint on “Saturday Night Live” from 1993 to 1995.

A sweet, simple look at small-town love

Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” is a simple, predictable, warm-hearted and reasonably funny romantic comedy on the general theme of “Smart Women, Foolish Choices.” Or, to pick another apropos …

A warm but predictable ‘May’

Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” is a simple, predictable, warm-hearted and reasonably funny romantic comedy on the general theme of “Smart Women, Foolish Choices.”

Spokane Jazz finale presents five ‘divas’

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s final concert of the season features five jazz “divas,” all of them well-known in the Inland Northwest: • Ann Fennessy – One of the region’s most …

‘Wolverine’ falls short of great

Director Gavin Hood did the best he could to bring the fourth movie in the comic book-inspired “X-Men” film series to the big screen. The final result is good, not …

Summer action films spring into view

What a who’s who list Hollywood has lined up for its summer action spectacles: Wolverine. Transformers. Harry Potter. James Kirk. G.I. Joe. Terminator. If there’s one word to sum up …