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Review: ‘Diane’ is rooted in realism right down to its sturdy, stoic heroine

Based in large part on the women who surrounded director Kent Jones during his childhood in western Massachusetts, “Diane” centers on a widow and mother who is in near-constant motion …

Stream On Demand: Donald Glover visits Prime with ‘Guava Island’

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ schlocky add to Conjuring Universe

The “Conjuring” spinoffs are like Xerox copies – each new iteration comes out to diminished returns. The structure, ideas and style are there, but there isn’t the same heft of …

UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a really big deal – for more reasons than you may think

Thirteen summers ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked during a relatively small Comic-Con panel whether he could ever see his company’s characters interacting on screen. “Who knows?” Feige …

Review: ‘Breakthrough’ doesn’t break the mold, but it’s a daring depiction of a flawed, faithful woman

What distinguishes the film is the daring depiction of a complex, flawed, fierce and faithful woman. It’s refreshing to see a mother in this situation depicted in all her humanity. …

‘Penguins’ review: From Disneynature, lessons in parenthood and Antarctic survival

This latest example of Disneynature’s Earth Day-themed appreciations is actually quite good for its type. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson capture some achingly beautiful sunsets, and Adelie penguins never …

Made in Spokane Film Screening to showcase short films from 13 regional filmmakers

The screening will be held at the Magic Lantern Theater on Thursday.

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

New ‘Star Wars’ film promises ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

“No one is ever really gone,” says the voice of Luke Skywalker in the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which audiences finally learned will be called “Star …

Review: ‘Missing Link’ doesn’t always put its best (big)foot forward

The wrinkle here is Bigfoot is a gentle giant (shades of “Harry and the Hendersons”). He’s literate and articulate (the nonthreatening voice of Zach Galifianakis), afraid of humans, and above …

Review: ‘Hellboy’ is a truly crazy monster mash, and it’s … a lot

You don’t so much as watch this movie as submit to being pummeled by it. Fans should be pleased at the depth and breadth of the lore in the film. …

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 12:34 p.m.

Review: ‘Little’ is big fun

Ever heard of “Black Girl Magic”? That’s Marsai Martin in a nutshell. The 14-year-old “black-ish” star pitched and produced “Little,” in which she stars. And quite the team of powerful …

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Stream On Demand: From ‘Destroyer’ to ‘GoT,’ lots of ‘Special’ options to watch

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Movie review: Zachary Levi, kid costars make ‘Shazam!’ gosh-darn appealing

Superhero Shazam first appeared in comic books nearly 80 years ago. The character has weathered a long, complicated history, rife with lawsuits and name changes. But always, his bright red …

Movie review: ‘The Best of Enemies’ is Another civil rights drama that centers on the white guy who becomes less racist

As in “Green Book,” the emphasis is defensible in terms of dramatic development. But that doesn’t make its scenario any less irksome.

Filmmaker, Gonzaga professor Matt McCormick to screen two films at Magic Lantern

McCormick, whose work has been screened internationally, including at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Reykjavik Art Museum, SXSW and the Seattle Art Museum, moved to …

‘Woman at War’ is a taut environmental thriller with a charismatic superhero

A movie as intensely subjective as “Woman at War” had better have an actress deserving of unwavering attention, and director Benedikt Erlingsson has found her in Halldora Geirharosdottir, who proves …

‘Transit’ is a Holocaust movie set in the present, and the gimmick is surprisingly effective

Directed by Christian Petzold, “Transit” is, at heart, a romance, albeit a far-fetched one.

Movie review: 30 years after ‘Pet Sematary,’ remake shows that sometimes dead really is better

“Pet Sematary” finesses some of the bumpy narrative moments from the original, but where it forges its own path is in rewriting the daughter’s story.

‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ returns to Magic Lantern on Monday

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” directed by Steven Lewis Simpson, is based on the novel of the same name by Kent Nerburn.

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Review: Emilio Estevez’s new movie has a good message, if you don’t choke on it

Estevez’s heart is in the right place, but he has stuffed “The Public” with too many issues for a single movie, including (but not limited to) addiction, poverty, race, the …

Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ brings the story of one underworld couple, and a country’s progress, to vivid life

This is one of director Jia Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.

UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Stream on Demand: ‘A Quiet Place,’ rebooted ‘Twilight Zone’ bring terror home

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019, 2:14 p.m.

Whitworth’s Hailie Henderson is letting her voice be heard

Henderson is credited as a directory on the documentary “Rising Voices,” produced in conjunction with the MAPS Media Lab, a statewide outreach program which brings media arts workshops to students …

Stream On Demand: ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Highwaymen’ delivered to home viewers

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is decidedly – and deliciously – dark

“Dumbo” is by no means a downer. As cartoonish as they are, the film’s Burtonesque touches lend the magic and the fantasy of the story a quality of paradoxical verisimilitude. …

‘The Hummingbird Project’ review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

I can hear you ticking off the reasons you’re unlikely to take a chance on writer-director Kim Nguyen’s feature. Fiber optics, for one. Are fiber optics innately cinematic? On its …

‘Beach Bum’ review: Matthew McConaughey’s sunny, slowly rotting Florida project

“The Beach Bum” is a fun-for-a-while attempt by writer-director Harmony Korine, American indie cinema’s effrontery kingpin, to go a little bit mainstream. Matthew McConaughey is the reason it’ll get by.

Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ preserves tragic history of terrorist attack

Visceral and suspenseful, “Hotel Mumbai” is also deeply humane and moving, anchored by searing performances. The film refuses to settle on one hero, allowing the hotel itself to emerge as …

Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ isn’t your grandfather’s Disney classic

Despite what you might imagine, Tim Burton has never cared for circuses. There is one thing Burton does appreciate about the circus, though: the idea that it represents a thrown-together …

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ shatters records with $70.3M

NEW YORK – Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket …