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Who wants to win an Oscar?

All too often years are marked by their top movies. Think of 1997. James Cameron made it all about “Titanic.” In 1986, Oliver Stone took us back to Vietnam for …


‘Fired Up’ hot with juvenile fantasy

I didn’t half-mind “Fired Up,” but half a mind is more than it deserves. It’s “Wedding Crashers” with high school seniors and bras and panties, as opposed to Vince Vaughn …


Scott’s ‘Body of Lies’ a modern, well-acted spy account

‘Religulous’ •••


‘Friday the 13th’ all slash, no scare

Let’s celebrate “Friday the 13th” with a little red meat, shall we? And hard numbers. There are 13 grisly deaths in this latest sequel: machete decapitations, an arrow through the …


‘Loved You So Long’ one to be savored

“I’ve Loved You So Long” is the kind of film America’s moviemakers have all but given up on. An example of the French tradition of high-quality adult melodrama, conventional in …


Pixar’s ‘Up’ may be another hit

With such smash hits as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” behind them, the master storytellers at Pixar Animation figured they had nowhere to go but “Up.” That’s the simple, two-letter …


‘Shopaholic’ strays from source material

The character of Rebecca Bloomwood, as written by author Sophie Kinsella in her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, has plenty of foibles. Sure, she can’t pass up a sale. That …


Nine films, nine shorts remain to be seen at SpIFF

Spokane’s infatuation with all things international continues on the big screen this weekend as the 2009 Spokane International Film Festival concludes its 11-day run. Beginning with a showing of the …


King of cool? Clive Owen would rather be McQueen

Clive Owen was born with the whole “tall, dark and handsome” thing. But “the strong, silent type” that got him tagged “the new Steve McQueen” as his film career took …


‘Blindness’ strength in visuals

‘Frozen River’


‘Slumdog’ named best picture in Britain

LONDON – Rags-to-riches story “Slumdog Millionaire” continued its fairy-tale journey Sunday, winning seven prizes including best picture at the British Academy Film Awards and sealing its place as favorite for …


Spokane film festival expands horizons

Pete Porter is high on this year’s version of the Spokane International Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday night at AMC’s River Park Square Theatres. “I think this lineup is, …


‘Coraline’ embarks on magical adventure

A labor of love in every frame, “Coraline” pushes the envelope of animated moviemaking while tugging at the heart. Adapted from the children’s novel by acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman, …


Large cast, but little substance

“He’s Just Not That Into You” isn’t exactly a romantic comedy. Yes, the characters work themselves into the same sorts of tizzies over falling in and out of love – …


‘Bees’ offers fresh look at familiar story

‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’


‘Pink Panther 2’

Steve Martin continues his attempts to revive the late, great Peter Sellers’ creation – the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau – with Clouseau this time fumbling his quest to corral …


‘Push’

A group of young Americans with unique abilities (telekinetic and/or clairvoyant) is targeted by an ultrasecret U.S. agency. Running time/rating: 1:51; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, …


‘Coraline’

Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this animated film tells the story of a young girl (voice by Dakota Fanning) who discovers a secret door in her home that takes her …


Frigid Minnesota puts Zellweger to the test in latest film

Renee Zellweger is the first to tell you that she’s been “spoiled” at the “unbelievable way” her life and acting career have worked out. An Oscar, epic paychecks, a dazzling …


‘Taken’ casts Liam Neeson well

Three self-evident truths emerge from “Taken,” the lean and brutal thriller about why one should never kidnap a retired secret agent’s daughter. First, Liam Neeson could have had a helluva …


One more vote for ‘Slumdog’

New York gossip columnist Cindy Adams thinks she has the inside dope on the upcoming Oscars broadcast, set for Feb. 22. According to Adams, “the money’s on”:


Woody Allen’s ‘Barcelona’ looks at love

‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’


At a glance: ‘The Uninvited’

A mentally unstable girl’s recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home. Running time/rating: 1:27; rated PG-13 for violent …


At a glance: ‘Taken’

A former spy (Liam Neeson) relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade. Running time/rating: 1:34; rated PG-13 …


At a glance: ‘New in Town’

Renée Zellweger stars as an efficiency expert from sunny Miami sent to chilly Minnesota to oversee layoffs at a small-town manufacturing plant. Running time/rating: 1:36; rated PG-13 for brief, strong …


Ron Howard creates drama, suspense in ‘Frost/Nixon’

History makes a great first draft for Hollywood. Case in point: Ron Howard’s newly Oscar-nominated “Frost/Nixon,” which Peter Morgan adapted from his stage play about the series of taped interviews …


DiCaprio, Winslet swap ocean for ‘Road’

That pesky iceberg kept Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from growing into an old married couple in “Titanic.” They finally get to test-drive a long-term relationship in “Revolutionary Road,” and …


DVDs: ‘Huang Shi’ has good intentions

‘Max Payne’


‘Inkheart’

Possessing the unique ability to bring literary characters to life, a man (Brendan Fraser) and his daughter (Eliza Bennett) must hunt down villainous characters who threaten the world. Running time/rating: …


At a glance: ‘Not Easily Broken’

A couple’s strength and faith are tested after the wife is injured in a car crash and the husband becomes attracted to another woman. Running time/rating: 1:39; rated PG-13 for …