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Tom Cruise’s hero sees the light in ‘Valkyrie’

‘Valkyrie’ Expectations for Tom Cruise’s history-based thriller about Claus von Stauffenberg’s 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler were low. And against all expectations he has fashioned a successful if not …


Review: ‘12’ absorbing but runs too long

A dozen Russians gather in a high school gym to consider the fate of a young Chechen man accused of murdering his Russian stepfather. They don’t know each other’s names, …


Amy Adams taking flight

Southern belle. Fairy-tale princess. Nun. Pioneer aviatrix. Is there any role Amy Adams can’t play? Maybe. It’s hard imagining her as a victim in the next “Friday 13th” sequel, or …


‘Wolverine’ falls short of great

Director Gavin Hood did the best he could to bring the fourth movie in the comic book-inspired “X-Men” film series to the big screen. The final result is good, not …


Summer action films spring into view

What a who’s who list Hollywood has lined up for its summer action spectacles: Wolverine. Transformers. Harry Potter. James Kirk. G.I. Joe. Terminator. If there’s one word to sum up …


‘Ghosts of Girlfriends’ offers McConaughey in usual role

You will be shocked – shocked! – to learn that in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” Matthew McConaughey plays an arrogant womanizer who coasts on his looks and charm but eventually …


Remake of Korean horror flick predictable, entertaining

‘The Uninvited’: This remake of the Korean “A Tale of Two Sisters” begins with teenage Anna (Emily Browning) in a mental institution. She can’t get over dreams of the fire …


‘The Soloist’ falls on duo’s shoulders

So there’s Jamie Foxx, in ragtag yellow and magenta, standing on a Los Angeles sidewalk, talking to Robert Downey Jr. The scene cuts up and away from the actors to …


‘Sunshine Cleaning’ merely OK

Blessed with the same porcelain skin, the same plucky confidence, the same dexterity with comedy and drama – Amy Adams and Emily Blunt were born to play sisters. It’s a …


‘Fast & Furious’ returns for revenge

Noise, noise, noise. Crunched metal and shattered glass. More noise. Revving engines. Vin Diesel’s giant head. Hot chicks in tight miniskirts. Even more noise. The end.


‘Adventureland’ all about amusement

If you ever visited Adventureland amusement park in Farmingdale, N.Y., in the mid-1980s and failed to win that giant plushy prize, Greg Mottola – whose 1984 summer job there inspired …


Disney moving forward and back with 3-D

Walt Disney is going 3-D on a lot of future films – and some from its past. The studio announced this week that 3-D versions of the computer-animated tales “Toy …


‘A Haunting’ plenty scary without gory body count

Never play hide-and-seek in a haunted house. Isn’t that one of those motherisms handed down at the same time as “Look both ways before crossing the street” and “Don’t eat …



2-D vs. 3-D

“Monsters vs. Aliens” opens with an old 3-D gag: A ball bounces directly into the audience, causing moviegoers to instinctively scoot back in their seats. But the resemblance to old-fashioned …


Julia Roberts shows she’s a first lady at home and on film

Michelle Obama has nothing on Julia Roberts. On the Monday after the Oscar ceremony, there was the elusive actress, in a fitted black blazer, jeans and rippling locks, with all …


‘Knowing’ defends numerology

“I know how this sounds!” Nicolas Cage has occasion to repeat this line, time and again, in “Knowing,” an apocalyptic blend of sci-fi, horror and faith that is almost certain …


‘Love You, Man’ fails to develop premise

In the amiable new comedy “I Love You, Man,” Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a straight real estate agent who, upon realizing that he’s never been very good at platonic …


UFO Phil sighting at Magic Lantern

UFO Phil’s voice takes a conspiratorial tone. “Can you keep a secret?” he near-whispers.


Upscale movie theaters serve up much more than the latest flicks

With the advent of the DVD, and now Blu-ray with a large flat-screen TV, you can have a great movie-viewing experience at home. To keep customers coming back, theaters have …


Director gives comic fans ultra-faithful adaptation of ‘Watchmen’

BURNABY, British Colombia – On a wintry day here last year, director Zack Snyder hunkered down in a prison cell, peered between the bars and watched inmates riot. The smoke …


Thomas raises bar in ‘Loved You’

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Everyone’s a critic on ‘The Rotten Tomatoes Show’

Sign of the times in the ’70s: two ink-stained newspaper movie critics – Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert – begin hosting a movie-review program on broadcast TV that consists of …


‘At the Movies’ dishes it out, takes it

“At the Movies” critics Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons have dished it out and taken it since joining the show last fall. That’s especially true for Lyons, who’s gotten heat …


Film events

“Milk” - The story of California’s first openly-gay elected official, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated by a colleague. Rated R. Today, 7:30 p.m., Panida …


Area anglers catching show, films, national notoriety

If screaming reels are music to your ears, you might be moved to dance when The Fly-Fishing Film Tour lands in Spokane Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Don’t expect …


Film studios embracing video games

Hollywood loves salable series, and as vital as “Harry Potter,” “Shrek” and “Transformers” might be to the bottom line, the studios are increasingly embracing an even more established and often …


’Tweens will swoon for Jonas Bros in 3D

Someday, we may actually get a clue as to what makes the Jonas Brothers tick. We may get a glimpse into the pop stars’ distinct personalities – because certainly they …


‘Sex’ has some laughs, happy ending

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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 …