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Film doesn’t live up to name

Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, “Epic” is a children’s animated film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be. …


‘Furious 6’ delivers what fans expect

Bad movies are rarely as much fun as these “Fast and the Furious” pictures. And make no mistake about it – they’re bad. They stick to a rigid formula of …


One beast of a lineup

In a culture that has a predominant lust for gold chains, sneakers worth killing for and overall bling, Macklemore seems to have single-handedly reversed the tide last year by taking …


Nightlife

Chris Rieser & The Nerve Variety rock and soul. Today and Saturday and May 31, 9 p.m., Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St. Coyote Rose Band Country. Today …


A rough but satisfying tale of redemption

A barrel of whisky would usually spell doom for the working-class blokes who always find their way into Ken Loach films. But it is redemption the director and his longtime …


‘Iceman’ offers chilling portrait

The phrase “banality of evil” popped up when historians sought to explain the bland men and women who carried out the Holocaust, when critics looked for ways to describe the …


Good comedies take work, and Hollywood has stopped trying

Comedies just aren’t that funny anymore. It seems like it’s been years since I’ve sat in a theater and laughed at a movie from beginning to end. And I’m not …


‘Aladdin Jr.’ brings magic to a younger audience

Welcome to Agrabah, city of enchantment, where every beggar has a story … and all 76 young performers in the Christian Youth Theater’s production of “Aladdin Jr.” have parts to …


Douglas, Damon dazzle in ‘Candelabra’

NEW YORK – The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, Mr. Showmanship, was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance …


Barbecue best

Barbecue is serious business, and by barbecue, we are not talking burgers or flank steak over gas on the deck this holiday weekend. We are talking “real” barbecue: hunks of …


Out with Plant, in with Zombies

On the concert front, we have good news and bad news. We’ll tackle the bad news first.


Grey’s Southern roots stay front and center

Fans of JJ Grey’s smoky swamp-funk blues don’t have to make the trek to the Gorge this Memorial Day weekend to see it live. While Grey, along with his band, …


Grey’s Southern roots stay front and center

Fans of JJ Grey’s smoky swamp-funk blues don’t have to make the trek to the Gorge this Memorial Day weekend to see it live. While Grey, along with his band, …


One beast of a lineup

In a culture that has a predominant lust for gold chains, sneakers worth killing for and overall bling, Macklemore seems to have single-handedly reversed the tide last year by taking …


7 nights out

1 Julia Sweeney What: Spokane native, “Saturday Night Live” veteran, actor, writer and comedian Sweeney reads from her latest book, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.”


Crime’s reverberations ripple through ‘Silence’

“The Silence” is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over. …


10 under $10

1 Sixth Annual Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Fair: Friday through Sunday, University City North, 10200 E. Sprague Ave. Celebrate the heritage of the Spokane Valley at this fundraiser for the …


kids and family

Spokane Shock Arena Football Today, 7 p.m. vs. New Orleans Voodoo. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $14-$35. (509) 242-SHOCK. Sandpoint Chalk Art Festival Draw today, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and …


After accidental start, Folkinception grows into local favorite

Matt Mitchell’s previous band was just about to open a show for Clumsy Lovers at the Knitting Factory when the band abruptly broke up. Instead of giving up the high-profile …


Abrams adeptly handles franchise’s new incarnation

When adapting a revered book or television series to the big screen, most filmmakers find themselves between a rock and a hard place: Either they stick religiously to the source …


Latest ‘Trek’ a sci-fi thrill ride

The warp drives on the USS Enterprise are, as usual, on the verge of meltdown in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Luckily, the entertainment propulsion system for the sci-fi saga is …


Fuller sound, same roots

Pokey LaFarge has taken his penchant for all things vintage and crafted it into an aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana in a way that …


Festivals packed with hot lineups

Festival season is on. The Festival at Sandpoint, the Wallace Blues Festival and Pain in the Grass, a hard rock festival slated for the Gorge, all announced their lineups this …


On sale

• Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. today to see: Pain in the Grass, featuring Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Jane’s Addiction, Sept. 6-7 at the Gorge Amphitheatre …


Walters’ style changed face of interviews

Let the Barbara Walters farewell tour begin! Monday’s edition of “The View” opened with the show’s founder and star fixing the camera with that fearless don’t-let-the-strange-absence- of-wrinkles-fool-you-I’ve-been- on-television-for-50-years gaze and …


7 Nights Out

1 Race the Joe! What: Jet boat races on the St. Joe River near St. Maries includes a community Show & Shine and fireworks at dusk today. Saturday and Sunday …


Shift to TV not always kind to stage stars

NEW YORK – The slow, lingering demise of “Smash” has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway. The TV series about the making of …


Avoiding germs won’t make kids immune

Dear Mr. Dad: With all the talk about bird flu and swine flu, I’m in a panic about germs. I’m putting antibacterial soaps all over my house and hand sanitizers …


Clover’s cocktails earn accolades

One of the 100 Best New American Bars is right here in Spokane, according to Food & Wine magazine. A cocktails editor picked Clover, 913 E. Sharp Ave., for the …


‘Blood Dragon’ revives ’80s bravado in modern platform

Video games came of age in the 1980s, a decade that was also the heyday of cheesy Hollywood action movies. Thirty years later, you don’t have to look hard to …