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  • ‘Last Station’ captures Tolstoy’s end

    He was the celebrated author of “War & Peace,” but the last years of Leo Tolstoy’s life were all war and no peace. The savage rivalry for his attention and …


  • ‘Cop Out’ lacks Kevin Smith’s wit, humor

    Heartbroken by the disappointing box-office grosses of his last film, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” filmmaker Kevin Smith – a smart, shrewd storyteller who has compensated for his lack …


  • Middle American town gets attack of ‘The Crazies’

    Breck Eisner’s insane-in-the-membrane update of the George A. Romero cult horror movie “The Crazies” opens with a brief shot of fire, devastation and small-town apocalypse, followed by a title card …


  • Chorale shows range of Mozart’s Requiem

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem is a strangely wondrous work, and the Spokane Symphony, Symphony Chorale and an excellent quartet of soloists made more of its wonder than its strangeness as …


  • Traditional nog sips the smoothest

    Don’t be afraid to try a new nog this holiday season – just be careful which one you pick. Tasters on the Spokesman- Review’s Reader Food panel weren’t impressed with …


  • Review: Disney hits all the right notes with ‘Princess’

    The last time we heard from the hand-drawn animators at Disney, they offered up the forgettable barnyard tale “Home on the Range.” Thankfully, the spirit of animation maestro Walt Disney …


  • Wingate brings stability, great food to Agave

    It may have started to feel like there was a revolving door at 830 W. Sprague Ave., as Bluefish became Aqua and Aqua became Agave. But now that the spinning …


  • Cream cheese spreads could use more flavor

    You’ll be busy with the bird, the mashed potatoes and the gravy, so it might be nice to pop one of Philadelphia’s new cream cheese spreads out of the fridge …


  • Yoplait Smoothies are ‘cool snack’

    If you’ve got a blender, you’ve run out of excuses for missing that morning serving of fruit. Yoplait has combined the yogurt and fruit for two smoothies in a handy …


  • Smartfood sweet snacks less than satisfying

    Smartfood, known for its scrumptious white cheddar popcorn, has branched out. The brand, now owned by Frito Lay Inc., has released a new line of sweet treats. The snacks are …


  • Steamed meals from Birds Eye suit most tastes

    For many families, the reality of back to school means quick dinners are back on the menu. Birds Eye Steamfresh Meals for Two seemed like a simple solution for kids …


  • Healthy Choice entrees earn mixed reviews

    Be choosy when choosing among the new Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Entrees. Food panel members loved one, were lukewarm on another and hated the final dish during a recent tasting …


  • Newtons Fruit Crisps declared dry, flavorless

    Fig Newtons they are not. The new Newtons Fruit Crisps eked out two and a half stars on our five-star scale, but tasters on The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel didn’t …


  • Review: A well-balanced mix of pathos and farce

    “The Graduate” is an unusual hybrid: A bedroom farce mixed with social satire; a classic movie adaptation mixed with new material; and a romantic comedy mixed with a stalker story. …


  • At Hay J’s Bistro, premium dishes are the standard

    Gas station grub has never tasted so fine. There’s no way around it. Hay J’s Bistro is the restaurant in Liberty Lake … next to the gas station. Just don’t …


  • Symphony uncovers beauty in strangeness

    The Spokane Symphony seldom has its classics concerts led by a guest conductor. It rarely programs modern works that might be called radical. And the orchestra plays few works by …


  • Oft-neglected works get fine treatment at symphony

    The Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu treated their audiences this weekend by contrasting two unfamiliar works with one that is a staple of the concerto repertoire. Preu began the …


  • Strong staging makes ‘Godot’ worth the wait

    Nobody, with the possible exception of Samuel Beckett himself, can claim to know the exact meaning of “Waiting for Godot.” The Interplayers Theatre’s smart, funny and altogether admirable version won’t …


  • Review: ‘Godspell’ knits improv, Gospel

    “Godspell” is one of those musicals – like “Jesus Christ Superstar” – that has proven to be critic-proof. Doubters – the critical kind, not the religious kind – can point …


  • Review: ‘Symphony on the Edge’ rings in new era of sound

    The Spokane Symphony heard at the Knitting Factory on Friday seemed miles away from the group that performs regularly just across Monroe Street at The Fox. “Symphony on the Edge” …


  • Warm Delights Morning treats not a breakfast hit

    Save your breakfast money for doughnuts or bananas. The Spokesman-Review reader food panel members agreed it would be a shame to waste it on Betty Crocker Warm Delights Morning treats. …


  • Review: ‘Belle of Amherst’ carries away on the wings of words

    Of all the pleasures to be enjoyed at “The Belle of Amherst” – fine acting, bittersweet laughter, deep feeling – the chief pleasure comes from having all of that glorious …


  • Ore-Ida’s mashed potatoes worth a try

    Everybody’s busy. So, shortcuts that can produce tasty just-like-homemade side dishes in a hurry are welcome in many kitchens. Ore-Ida’s latest time-saving dish is worth a try, members of The …


  • L’Ecole wines remain consistently good

    With the number of Walla Walla wineries now past 100, it’s hard to believe that L’Ecole No 41 represented a 50 percent increase in the winery population when it opened …