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  • ‘Cats & Dogs’ sequel lacks laughs

    Yeah, that’s Shirley “Goldfinger” Bassey singing over the opening credits of “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.” Kids won’t get it, though parents may chortle at the reference …


  • It proved a long, arduous journey, but ‘Dinner’ remake is finally served

    The Paris stage isn’t where you’d expect a star-heavy, big-budget studio comedy to start its odyssey. But it’s hardly the only unusual place to which “Dinner for Schmucks,” the new …


  • French farce remake weird, interesting

    There’s a lot less bite in “Dinner for Schmucks” than there was in the classic French farce that was its inspiration. Whereas “The Dinner Game” (“Le Diner de Cons”) was …


  • New ‘Coco Chanel’ elegant, passionate

    “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” opens with the fierce and furious premiere of the Russian composer’s “The Rite of Spring” in a Paris concert hall in 1913. The audience’s animated …


  • ‘Clash’ remake as cheesy as 1981 original

    “Clash of the Titans”: A cheesy remake of the even cheesier 1981 ancient Greece adventure, about Perseus’ epic quest to end Hades’ reign of terror and broker a peace deal …


  • ‘Terribly Happy’

    Years of moviegoing have familiarized us with tales of city folk waylaid in country towns – quirky Southern backwaters and dusty desert holes. “Terribly Happy,” the Danish foreign film submission …


  • ‘Kids Are All Right’ smart, funny

    “The Kids Are All Right” is a smart, cheerful, character-driven relationship comedy. In other words, it’s a miracle. Imagine: a boldly funny film that doesn’t trade in meet-cutes and laugh-track …


  • Coeur d’Alene’s massive Art on the Green boasts art, food and music

    Art on the Green isn’t strictly visual art. It’s also flamenco dance, cotton candy and hip-hop “flash mobs.” More on those later. But first, let’s run the numbers on Coeur …


  • It’s hot, so it’s time for opera

    Every summer, the sounds of Verdi, Puccini and Sondheim echo off the tall ponderosas. It’s the Spokane Opera’s “A Hot August Night,” a rare chance to experience live opera for …


  • Willis, Morgan buddy up for ‘Cop Out’

    “Cop Out”: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and a host of supporting actors labor through this derivative buddy-cop comedy set in Brooklyn. Nonstop high jinks, not too many laughs. (1:50; R …


  • Swinton in ‘Love’

    Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love” is like a lavish Italian opera in which nobody sings, unashamedly melodramatic and gloriously over the top. There’s something about the film’s juicy, stirring close-ups …


  • Story of ‘Ramona and Beezus’ is truly ‘terrifical’

    If Ramona, the spirited third-grader at the center of “Ramona and Beezus,” gave a one-word review of the movie about her love/hate relationship with her big sister, Beatrice, she would …


  • For Matos, new band takes front and center

    Mark Matos has played for years as the frontman for an ever-changing cast, but last year he unveiled “Words of the Knife,” the debut by his new band, Mark Matos …


  • ‘Salt’ may try to shake you, but it’s really just a sham

    “Salt” is, quite literally, a shaggy dog story. Despite the cryptic ads that pose the question, “Who Is Salt?” and regardless of the various twists and turns designed to throw …


  • Jared Harris knows to stick to the script

    The British are staying! The British are staying! One of the most interesting, and welcome, developments in the fourth season of “Mad Men,” which starts Sunday, is that Lane Pryce, …


  • ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ promises loads of down-home fun

    “Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a 1980s country-rock musical revue heaped full of songs but over-easy on the plot and drama. There’s just enough dialogue to stitch the songs together.


  • Some parents happily hooked on tween TV shows

    Like any good parent, Karen Moss monitors the content of the television programs viewed by her 8-year-old daughter, Sara. It’s a process that usually plunges poor Mom into a black …


  • Squeaky’s offers laughs, no bad words

    Squeaky’s might be all about clean comedy shows, but it still has its share of adult humor. Even when the joke teller is under the age of 18.


  • ‘Despicable Me’ funny, sweet

    “Despicable Me” is this year’s “Up,” a film that has far more heart than the advance promotions suggest. It never reaches the heart-tugging levels of “Up,” but its serious side …


  • ‘Avatar’ returns with more footage

    James Cameron is sending audiences on an extended tour of “Avatar” as his blockbuster returns to theaters next month with eight minutes of extra footage. Distributor 20th Century Fox announced …


  • ‘Glee’ nominated for 19 Emmys

    “Glee,” the spunky TV musical comedy about high school misfits, received 19 Emmy nominations Thursday including best comedy series. The leading nominee was the gritty World War II drama “The …


  • Old murder case resurfaces

    “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”: A computer hacker aids a journalist in his investigation of a 40-year-old murder. With Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube. (2:32; R for disturbing …


  • ‘Predators’ gets lost in chaos

    They are dropped from the sky, with only a parachute to save them. They land in a lush green jungle whose topography seems to resemble no known place on Earth. …


  • Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

    Oh, what simpler times they were when Disney was trotting out movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Those bright, colorful animations, arriving annually like clockwork, defined the …


  • Annual Mozart concerts at Manito Park celebrates 20 years

    Summer music in Spokane would not seem so delightfully summery or so easygoing musical without Connoisseur Concerts’ “Mozart on a Summer’s Eve” at Manito Park. The series celebrates its 20th …


  • McLachlan re-emerges with ‘emotional postcards’

    At long last, there’s an all-new studio album from Sarah McLachlan. “Laws of Illusion” – her first in seven years – was released last month.


  • Well-traveled artist finds home on label

    Some artists get a deal the old-fashioned way, by cutting a demo and touring heavily, creating a buzz. Others promote themselves online and go viral on YouTube, creating a buzz.


  • Shyamalan targets new audience, redemption with ‘Airbender’

    The ultimate auteur is going for the Happy Meal. M. Night Shyamalan, the director who became a prodigal Hollywood success with his haunting stories of the supernatural before stumbling badly …


  • ‘Eclipse’ battles matters of love and war

    The “Twilight” franchise is growing up. In the series’ third installment, “Eclipse,” a dark tone pervades and limbs fly from bodies in a climactic battle involving vampires and werewolves.


  • ‘Mother and Child’ shows how we love and bond

    Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child” considers what happens when those who don’t want babies get pregnant and those who do can’t. To the women in this poignant and exceptionally acted …

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