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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Review: Stunning ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will make your heart soar

Through all of the raids and kidnappings and hoopla, “The Hidden World” brings it home with a enormously moving message about learning to stand – and fly – on your …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Stream On Demand: Catching up with Oscar-nominated films at home

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday. Are you caught up on the major nominees?

‘Fighting with My Family’ review: Mum, Dad, the WWE and me

The whole film is an entertaining gloss on the truth. These people are neither angels or thugs, though two of the main characters have known prison time, and a third …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

‘Alita’ leads a slow Presidents Day box office weekend

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ leads a slow Presidents Day box office weekend

Film academy ditches controversial Oscars changes; all awards to be shown on telecast

The decision follows several days of controversy that pitted the academy’s leadership against hundreds of Hollywood luminaries who rallied against a proposal that, while intended to help limit the notoriously …

‘Frozen 2’ has already broken a record, nine months before its release

“Frozen 2” was the most viewed animation trailer of all time, with a record-breaking 116.4 million views in 24 hours.

Stream On Demand: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ready to rock home screens

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

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

For Bob Whittaker, ‘Return to Mount Kennedy’ documentary brings his grunge past to the outdoors

What do Mudhoney, Robert F. Kennedy and a mountain in the Yukon have in common? As the documentary “Return to Mount Kennedy” points out, the answer is Bob Whittaker.

Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ keeps the ‘Groundhog Day’ premise and goes back to the future

This time, “Death Day” has ambitions, posing questions that other slasher films wouldn’t touch. Is the self-absorbed Tree caught in a cycle of repetition so that she can become a …

Review: Weak script brings down ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

No one can say the film is not a big swing – it truly goes for it, and does so with jaw-dropping vim and vigor. But does it connect? Somewhat. …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Review: Rom-com parody finds love in all the right places

If 2018 was the year that resurrected the romantic comedy, it was only a matter of time before the beloved genre was parodied by those who know it best.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 1:49 p.m.

Regal, AMC to screen seven best picture nominees

Both Regal and AMC refused to screen the eighth best picture nominee, Netflix’s “Roma,” in 2018 and are not including the film in their best picture events.

‘The Lego Movie 2’ opens No. 1 but everything is not awesome

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is easily the weekend’s top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but its $35 million haul is well shy of expectations.

From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Skyfall’: star Albert Finney dies at 82

Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as “Tom Jones” and “Skyfall,” has died. He was 82.

Review: Even Nicole Kidman can’t save ‘Destroyer’ from itself

As an exercise in actorly transformation, joyless determination and uncompromising tone, this procedural whodunit set in the city’s seediest precincts and arid, desolate outer reaches can’t help but inspire admiration. …

Review: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ could be definitive piece of cinema for the Trump era

It’s pretty astonishing to consider what “The Lego Movie 2” accomplishes. As expected, it’s a hilarious sendup of and tribute to all of the properties in the Warner Bros. stable, …

Review: Gender-flipped ‘What Men Want’ fails with its premise

There’s something so wonderfully ironic about a black woman taking over the sequel to a Mel Gibson vehicle. The effervescent Taraji P. Henson stars in the gender-flipped reboot of “What …

Review: ‘Cold War’ is a near-perfect movie

“Cold War” becomes a parable in the stories we tell to ourselves and one another, their meaning, import and sometimes arbitrary values echoed in Wiktor and Zula’s turbulent psychodrama, which …

Stream On Demand: Soderbergh scores on Netflix with sports drama ‘High Flying Bird’

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

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Review: ‘Cold Pursuit’ deftly follows dad’s revenge desires

It’s not often that directors get a second crack at their own work. But Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland has undertaken the task of remaking his own 2014 revenge thriller, …

‘Glass’ stays at No. 1, while ‘Miss Bala’ opens in third

LOS ANGELES – With the distraction of the Super Bowl, freezing temperatures affecting large portions of North America and only one big new release in theaters in “Miss Bala,” movie …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

What to watch at the Spokane International Film Festival

SpIFF will be Friday through Feb. 8. For the full festival program and tickets, visit

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Stream On Demand: ‘Incredibles’ bring sequel to Netflix

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

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Review: ‘Miss Bala’ remake misses the point

Mexico’s 2011 Oscar entry, “Miss Bala,” was a searing slice of social commentary about the raging narco wars wrapped up in a sexy, action-packed thriller. With the combo of gun …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

‘Glass’ is No. 1 again, Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Serenity’ flops

Matthew McConaughey recorded one of the worst debuts of his career, Oscar nominees saw only modest bumps and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” easily remained No. 1 on a quiet weekend …

You almost won’t recognize Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly in this delightful homage to Laurel and Hardy

“Stan & Ollie” pays tribute to a bygone era when a little song, a little dance, a dollop of slapstick and some clever stage patter counted as enormously successful pop …

Review: ‘Serenity’ is odd, appealing and soured by heavy-handedness

The off-kilter, colorful, cartoonish fantasy of “Serenity” is just so odd and appealing that you want to spend time with the characters, aboard this ship, among the people of Plymouth, …

Review: Japanese drama ‘Shoplifters’ is about a family of liars, cheats and thieves; they’re also its heroes

The deeply flawed heroes of “Shoplifters” may not always be right. But they’re not wrong, either, if only because they’re willing to make their own contract with one another, after …

Hulu ups price for live-TV service, cuts basic package price

Hulu’s live-TV streaming service will cost $5 more per month, while its traditional video-on-demand service will be $2 cheaper.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Stream On Demand: ‘Tag’ comes to HBO while ‘First Man’ rockets into homes

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