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‘Hotel for Dogs’

When orphaned siblings (Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin) try to find a place to hide a dog from their foster parents, they stumble onto an abandoned hotel that three stray …


At a glance: ‘My Bloody Valentine 3-D’

It’s the 10th anniversary of the infamous Valentine’s Day murders, and a man (Jensen Ackles) returning to his hometown finds himself considered the chief suspect. Running time/rating: 1:41; rated R …


Before he was Dirty Harry, he was Spokane’s Clinton Jr.

As I was saying … My plan this week was to walk up the steps to 623 E. 19th Ave., knock on the door and say, “Did you know Clint …


‘Pineapple’ attempts stoner humor

“The Wackness”


‘Bride Wars’ has one funny line

This cliched comedy “Bride Wars” tosses out stereotypes about female materialism and cattiness with all the giddy gusto of a newly married woman flinging the bouquet at her single girlfriends. …


‘Dark Knight’ wins five People’s Choice awards

Holy People’s Choice Awards, Batman! “The Dark Knight” soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite ceremony.


‘Unborn’ will make you jump, laugh

The Kabbalah. Hot college students. An abandoned mental institution. Gary Oldman. Jogging. Twins.


At a glance: ‘The Unborn’

A young woman (Odette Yustman) fights an evil spirit that is trying to take possession of her. Running time/rating: 1:28; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing …


Pitt shows more mature life view

The days might be numbered for the old Brad Pitt – the absurdly handsome leading man who couldn’t seem to keep his shirt on in a movie for more than …


Dan Webster’s 10 best film moments of 2008

Top 10 lists are, by definition, subjective exercises. Yet in some years, when it comes to movies at least, there’s usually some sort of collective agreement on what deserves to …


Films

Opening Today: The Reader


Mendes more than ‘The Girl’

In “The Spirit,” Eva Mendes plays a conniving jewel thief who has managed to kill all 14 of the men she has married. It’s a fabulous role for any woman, …


‘Marley & Me’ lacks depth of memoir

Aww, look at that cute, fluffy puppy in those “Marley & Me” ads. He’s so sweet and innocent with those pleading eyes and that shiny, red bow around his neck. …


‘Burn’ treads lightly, succeeds mildly

“American Teen” •••


Can’t sleep? ‘Bedtime’ will help

“Bedtime Stories” is the kind of children’s tale that sounds like it would make a great book. Unfortunately, great books don’t always make great movies, and “Bedtime Stories” is far …


‘Doubt’ excels on sheer star power

It is 1964 in the Bronx, and in the parish of St. Nicholas the good nuns and priests are busy teaching history and giving homilies. Yet the one thing we …


‘Button’ a constant time shift

In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” time doesn’t just slip away. It surges like a tsunami, swamping cities and washing aside human lives like so much Mississippi Delta topsoil. …


‘The Spirit’

Adapted from Will Eisner’s comic strip, “The Spirit” tells the story of a cop (Gabriel Macht) who returns from the dead to battle the evil Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). Running …


‘The Spirit’ offers plenty of eye candy, nothing more

How do you critique acting that’s willfully bad, a story that’s crazy on purpose, dialogue that sets out to be stilted and clichéd? You say this: “The Spirit” looks great …


‘Bedtime Stories’

Adam Sandler plays a guy who, when he tells stories to his niece and nephew, finds the tales coming true. Running time/rating: 1:35; rated PG for mild rude humor and …


‘Doubt’

An iron-willed nun (Meryl Streep) goes to battle with a kindly priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) over their different philosophies as much as her suspicion that he is abusing a young …


Risky Mission

A Nazi-filled Christmas is not an easy sell. That’s just one of the challenges Tom Cruise faces with his new World War II thriller “Valkyrie,” which opened Thursday.


‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

A man (Brad Pitt) is born old and grows younger; as the years pass, he enters and exits the life of the woman (Cate Blanchett) he loves. Running time/rating: 2:47; …


‘Valkyrie’

Tom Cruise stars as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the German army officer who in 1944 joined a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Running time/rating: 2:00; rated PG-13 for violence and …


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‘Marley & Me’

A young couple (Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson) learn life lessons from a lovably untrainable dog named Marley. Running time/rating: 2:00; rated PG for thematic material, suggestive content, language.


Library hosts fun out of the sun

The Coeur d’Alene Library has gone to the movies. Four Wednesdays in a row, beginning on Aug. 6, there will be free children’s movies shown in the Shirley Parker Theater …


Ledger’s Joker stokes ‘Black Knight’

The man in black is back. And most movie critics, along with theater owners, are glad that he is. We’re talking, of course, about Batman as he is portrayed in …


New Spokane film draws plenty of gold

North by Northwest’s new movie, “The Golden Door,” set to film this month in Spokane, may sport a few recognizable faces. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will star Rachael …


Best of Broadway singles up for grabs

Monday’s the day when you can start buying tickets for individual shows in WestCoast Entertainment’s Best of Broadway season. Previously, you had to fork over for an entire season subscription. …