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  • Slammin’ by day, jammin’ by night

    Whether you’re a player or a spectator, you might be engaged with a certain three-on-three basketball tournament taking over the streets of downtown Spokane this weekend. But the action doesn’t …


  • All the wrong moves for Tom Cruise

    Film stars live out parallel lives in the roles they portray, and few have lived as large as Tom Cruise. His trajectory from promising young heartthrob to box-office champ to …


  • Symphony serves up Soiree

    Here’s how you mix up the recipe for Soiree on the Edge, Saturday’s outdoor concert on the hilltop at Arbor Crest Winery. • Take one part Chamber Soiree, in which …


  • ‘Jonah Hex’ is too short, just terrible

    Critics always gripe that movies are too long and could stand some pruning. Then you get the occasional movie, like comic-book adaptation “Jonah Hex,” that’s too short – so short, …


  • More than a decade later, the toys are back in town

    EMERYVILLE, Calif. — In a screening room on the Pixar Studios campus, Lee Unkrich — director of the new “Toy Story 3” — is flipping back and forth with the …


  • Fate of civilization at stake in ‘Book of Eli’

    “The Book of Eli” • • • – In post-apocalyptic America, the fate of civilization depends on one man guarding a sacred book. With Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, …


  • Slightly Stoopid? Try slightly brilliant

    On the surface, it might be tempting to dismiss Slightly Stoopid as just another pot-praising jam band. But the Southern California sextet’s credibility extends far beyond bud, bongs and blunts.


  • ‘8: The Mormon Proposition’

    Gay marriage — and California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that stated only marriage between a man and a woman would be valid and recognized — are topics fraught …


  • ‘Toy Story 3’ shines, if not as brightly

    This is what happens when you’re good at your job: Everyone expects excellence from you, and anything even slightly short of that feels like a letdown. “Toy Story 3” is …


  • Gentle humanism enriches ‘Please Give’

    In the comedy “Please Give,” Manhattan’s most generous woman lives next door to the planet’s most ungrateful old lady. Kate (Catherine Keener) isn’t a large-scale philanthropist, but that’s only because …


  • Celebrate start of summer at Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest

    It’s hard to know where to begin. With the Beethoven?


  • Tom Petty moves ahead with ‘Mojo’

    No one could blame Tom Petty for feeling a little entitled. After all, most rock stars who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, played the …


  • Hill, Brand take the moral low ground in ‘Get Him to the Greek’

    In “Get Him to the Greek,” Russell Brand plays the same British rock ’n’ roll prat – Aldous Snow – that he assayed so expertly in the 2008 rom-com, “Forgetting …


  • ‘Get Him’ arc a joyous experience

    “Get Him to the Greek” is hormonal, anarchic fun. It’s a Judd Apatow production, a sort of sequel to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” the raunchy romantic comedy where we first encountered …


  • ‘Splice’ explores tension between science, humanity

    Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are two rebellious young biochemical engineers – and we know they’re rebellious because they wear T-shirts in place of lab coats, listen to …


  • TV’s summer will offer 18 new dramas, comedies

    Watch out, “Big Brother.” This looks like TV’s summer of the scripted show. Between the broadcast networks and cable, at least 18 new dramas and comedies will debut before back-to-school …


  • ‘Marmaduke’ would appeal only to little kids

    Wouldn’t it be great if 7-year-olds could drive themselves to the movies? You could give them some money for Junior Mints or whatever, send them on their way and never …


  • Grownup ‘Alice’ must end Red Queen’s reign

    “Alice in Wonderland”: Alice, now 19, slips into a rabbit hole that takes her to “Underland,” where she must terminate the Red Queen’s reign to save her childhood friends. With …


  • A mix of sounds on tap in Browne’s

    Now in its sixth year, Elkfest has become an ArtFest weekend institution. Highlighted by a slew of regional and local bands, the three-day Browne’s Addition block party is expected to …


  • Critics pummeling ‘Sex and the City 2’

    The reviews are still flooding in for “Sex and the City 2” and guess what? They’re as bad as ever. The film’s “fresh” (favorable) rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website …


  • Father, son take ‘The Road’

    “The Road”: Taut and haunting adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trudging across a postapocalyptic America, struggling …


  • ‘Killers’ won’t be screened for reviews

    You’ve probably seen the billboards, bus-stop ads and television spots for “Killers.” They’re everywhere, featuring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher juggling guns and bantering over super-secret identities. But critics won’t …


  • ‘Prince’ looks, feels like a slow video game

    Watching “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” must be what it’s like to ride a camel across the desert: slow, plodding and predictable. It gets the job done but …


  • Highly styled ‘SATC2’ offers little substance

    “Sex and the City 2” is so over-the-top ridiculous, it plays like a parody of what a sequel to the 2008 hit movie would be. You can just imagine how …


  • ‘The Secret of Kells’

    Nestled among this year’s batch of best animated feature Oscar nominees was “The Secret of Kells,” a movie that received little distribution in the United States and had no spinoff …


  • ‘Shrek’ lacks wit in last of series

    The magic is gone. Like its watermelon-headed hero, “Shrek Forever After” has the midlife blahs. The fourth and final chapter finds Shrek dispirited by the routine of family life with …


  • Local Natives bring the groove to Empyrean

    Local is the word of the week at Empyrean Coffee House. While this weekend’s shows feature some of Spokane’s buzziest bands, Empyrean is sure to draw a crowd on Tuesday …


  • ‘Dumb idea’ opens today

    When “Saturday Night Live’s” Will Forte appeared in the first goofy “MacGruber” sketch, never in his most deranged dreams did he envision the clueless, mullet-headed, bomb-diffusing character at the center …


  • ‘Shrek’ opener might fall short

    The big screen’s most famous ogre might have good reason to be grumpy this weekend. “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth and purportedly final installment of DreamWorks Animation’s money-minting series, could …


  • ‘Invictus’ brings tale that inspired a nation

    “Invictus”: Clint Eastwood directs the story of Nelson Mandela as he motivates South Africa’s rugby team to win the World Cup to inspire national unity. With Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. …

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