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‘The Predator’ tops box office but still falls short; ‘A Simple Favor’ beats expectations

For the first time in weeks, the weekend box office was dominated by three new releases, signaling an unofficial start to the fall movie season.


Review: ‘The Bookshop’ is like the best classic novels – meant to be savored, not summarized

Mostly, “The Bookshop” is a pretext to watch three great actors do their thing: Emily Mortimer, as the film’s mousy but surprisingly formidable heroine; Patricia Clarkson, as her smiling adversary; …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Review: Glenn Close creates movie magic in ‘The Wife’

Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it’s a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether …


Spokane musicians lend talents to soundtrack of ‘Gavagai’

“Gavagai” is an internationally themed experimental film with a local link.


Stream on Demand: Sean Penn heads a crew of astronauts in new Hulu series ‘The First’

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


Review: Kendrick, Lively make ‘Simple Favor’ a deliciously campy thriller

It’s about as deep as a champagne coupe, but the performers, slick execution and pop-art style make it a delightfully fun and kitschy ride.


Review: ‘White Boy Rick’ a tragic, tender tale of legendary teen drug kingpin

Director Yann Demange crafts an intoxicating world of ’80s Detroit, at once a ghost town and a vibrant scene all its own, and it’s clear why Rick wants in.


Henry Cavill might be out as Warner Bros.’ Superman

As Warner Bros. turns its focus to a “Supergirl” movie – with any standalone “Superman” flicks on the back burner for a few years – scheduling conflicts appear to have …


Review: ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ is a fussy correction to its predecessor

Both films take Laura Hillenbrand’s biography as inspiration and adaptation material, but “Path to Redemption” picks up where Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film faded into text


‘The Nun’ opens at No. 1 with series-best $53.5 million

In first place, New Line Cinema’s horror spinoff “The Nun,” based on a character introduced in the successful “Conjuring” franchise, opened with a series-best $53.5 million, according to figures from …


How Wyatt Russell went from hockey to the actor’s life

His parents, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, are both actors, and their advice was short and simple: “Learn your lines. Show up on time. And don’t be a jerk.”


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 1:22 p.m.

With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ box office streak continues

The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros.


Once a staple of light comedy, Steve Carell has rebranded himself

With Carell’s startling metamorphosis in 2014’s “Foxcatcher,” the funnyman began a journey away from a reputation carefully honed on “The Daily Show” and in such hit movies as “The 40-Year-Old …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Burt Reynolds’ prolific acting career brought him to Spokane in 2005 for ‘End Game’

As news of Burt Reynolds’ death circulated on Thursday, Hollywood turned to social media to express their sadness and share fond memories. Actor James Woods (“Salvador,” “Once Upon a Time …


Review: It’s fun to watch Jennifer Garner’s return to action, but ‘Peppermint’ is no ‘Alias’

How to revive a movie star’s flagging career? Take up guns, obviously. Following in the time-honored tradition of “Taken,” “John Wick,” “Atomic Blonde” and “Death Wish,” Jennifer Garner arms up …


Toronto International Film Festival 2018 looks to read the moment and move it forward

If you are feeling particularly anxious, concerned or upset by the cultural and political moment, the Toronto International Film Festival is here for you. Though perhaps not exactly to mellow …


Review: ‘The Nun’ is a total, screaming blast

Step aside, “Halloween.” Forget it, “Paranormal Activity.” Nice try, “Scream.” “The Conjuring” franchise has steadily become the most dependable horror film franchise of late, conquering the box office with good …


Review: ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ a strange Frankenstein’s monster of a film

The growing faith-based film industry is on a quest for content: stories that will connect with audiences, or draw pre-existing ones. Now, there’s the “inspired by a country song” subgenre.


From ‘First Man’ to ‘Roma,’ Oscar season comes into focus at Telluride Film Festival

For all its efforts to stay true to pure, unadulterated movie love, though, Telluride – which has played host to eight of the last nine best picture winners – can’t …


‘Crazy Rich Asians’ banks another crazy rich weekend

“Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters, and is helping to send a strong summer moviegoing season off on a …


Stream on Demand: John Krasinski steps into Jack Ryan’s shoes for Amazon

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


The Hollywood All-Stars: Forrest Gump takes the kickoff, and it just gets better from there

Uncle Rico, Rod Tidwell and Bobby Boucher are easy selections for our All-Star team


Ed Sheeran will appear as himself in Danny Boyle’s next film

Ed Sheeran will play as himself in Danny Boyle’s next film, his first significant role on the big screen. In the movie written by Richard Curtis, former “EastEnders” star Himesh …


Review: Dark, confounding ‘Kin’ defies genre

“Kin” is a devastatingly sad and terrible story about two brothers who make bad choices, suffer the consequences and lose the last shreds of family they have left.


Review: ‘Searching’ unravels clever mystery

“Searching” works both as a smart and fascinating thriller and a wonderfully creative way of telling the tale.


Review: ‘Operation Finale’ is a color-by-numbers post-WWII political thriller

The story’s details are truly wild and unbelievable, but the plotting and characters feel rote. Perhaps that’s just overfamiliarity with the story.


With minuscule drop, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is No. 1 again

The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive.


Review: ‘The Happytime Murders’ is unoriginal, crude and not worth your time

Despite the best efforts of Melissa McCarthy and a winsome Maya Rudolph, “The Happytime Murders” is more like the “Boringtime Slog.”


Review: It’s a mystery why ‘Papillon’ remake was made

“Papillon,” a remake of the 1973 film about Devil’s Island inmate Henri “Papillon” Charriere, could be described as a prison drama, but it’s probably just as accurate to call the …


Review: McQueen documentary is the best of the many fashion movies this year

There are two Alexander McQueens in “McQueen,” the fascinating documentary portrait of the acclaimed fashion designer, who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.