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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’

‘Australia’ ••1/2


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

‘Summer Heights High’ •••


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 …


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’


‘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 …


‘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, …