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  • 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 …


  • ‘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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • ‘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. …


  • ‘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 …


  • Get your act together for Street Music Week

    In a positively shocking flash of municipal efficiency, the mayor’s office this week e-mailed me a draft of my eighth annual Spokane Street Music proclamation, even though … A. I …


  • Knitting Factory offers eclectic mix

    A white-clad dance party, dark metal mosh pits, politically powered folk songs, headbanging hard-rock anthems and juggalo hip-hop hysteria. That’s what’s on the menu of music being served up at …


  • ‘Robin Hood’ prequel never rises above passable

    In one unfortunate regard, Ridley Scott’s grimy “Robin Hood” lives up to its legendary character: It, too, robs – just from richer movies. Scott’s bungled yet matinee-worthy take on that …


  • Crowe unveils a rugged ‘Robin’

    The legend of Robin Hood, king of the rogues, is best summed up by Roger Miller, the guy who sang “King of the Road.” “There’s been a heap of legends …


  • ‘Just Wright’ another tame film for Latifah

    I like Queen Latifah. I like her smile, her charm, her big singing voice, her life force, the survivor instinct that has kept her a viable star while Whitney Houston …


  • Sappy ‘Letters’ just feels contrived

    Juliet might want to take her own life all over again if she knew the gooey depths to which Hollywood would sink in her name to woo an audience.


  • Mickey Rourke’s comeback rolls on with ‘Iron Man 2’

    With the muscular physique of a lifelong athlete and a face battered by boxing, Mickey Rourke looks almost as intimidating in person as he does in “Iron Man 2,” where …


  • Civic Theatre stages off-Broadway hit ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’

    Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is without question a comedy – but it’s “a comedy that hurts,” as one critic put it in 1991. McNally places two middle-aged couples …


  • Brooks & Dunn bring their final act to Spokane tonight

    It’s the last roundup for Brooks & Dunn. The iconic country duo, which brings its “Last Rodeo Tour” to the Spokane Arena tonight, is calling it quits after two decades. …


  • Spokane Symphony celebrates Margie May

    The Spokane Symphony celebrates May Day on Saturday with one of the closing concerts of this season’s classics series. Wait. Make that Margie May Day.


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