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Review: ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ never fully takes hold

One has to wonder just why exorcism films proliferate in the way they do. It’s the landmark success of “The Exorcist,” yes, but there’s something else that tickles our collective …


Masters of Metal: Metallica brings ground-breaking career to Spokane for a sold out show

After more than three decades, Metallica continues to push the limits


Review: ‘2.0’ is a blast, but it could’ve been better

Nothing, of course, measures up to the visuals. Director Shankar is all about the spectacle and India’s first film shot entirely in 3-D doesn’t disappoint.


Stream on Demand: New movies happy to bother you at home

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


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’ looks at one woman’s fight against sexual violence as a tool of war

“On Her Shoulders” is a moving, sensitive portrayal of a woman – and a people’s – perseverance. Although Murad’s hometown has been liberated, the Yazidis’ struggle to rebuild their homeland …


Buddy the elf gets the musical treatment in “Elf,” opening this week at Spokane Civic Theatre

Like most film-to-stage play adaptations, “Elf” shares the film’s theme but departs from the plot in a few areas, taking a number of liberties with character changes and settings.


Review: The new ‘Suspiria’ is scary. Scary long.

In the labored new remake of “Suspiria,” an old man (Tilda Swinton under mounds of latex makeup) converses with a pedestrian who says he’s on his way to a lecture …


Review: ‘Green Book’ is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts

The great success of “Green Book” lies in its modesty, and the straightforward way it recognizes seismic change in the incremental turning of a human heart.


Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is savvy, fresh look at life on the web

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is a fresh, smart, funny and most importantly, comprehensible analysis of both internet culture and the complexities of interpersonal relationships. Once again, the seemingly dopey video …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

Review: ‘The Front Runner’ sees the rise of modern media dysfunction in the fall of Gary Hart

Earlier this year “Chappaquiddick” – a dramatization of Ted Kennedy’s involvement in Mary Jo Kopechne’s death – gave us an account of political elites working the levers of power to …


Review: ‘Creed II’ is necessary sequel that does its characters justice

The Creed legend continues where it must in “Creed II,” with a showdown against Viktor (Romanian-German boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Review: ‘Robin Hood’ brings whole new dimension to age-old tale

Every generation gets the Robin Hood it deserves, and the 2018 “Robin Hood” is sleek, modern and retrofitted for a radical political landscape.


Review: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ dives into early ’90s New York, with struggling author trying to stay afloat

Melissa McCarthy is exceptional as the irascible Lee, and her skill in a dramatic role should be no surprise. Her performance is detailed, nuanced and subtly affecting, while Richard E. …


Review: ‘Widows’ elevates pulpy political thriller to high art

Writer Gillian Flynn’s story trademarks are in place: flinty yet vulnerable women, story twists galore. Fused with director Steve McQueen’s unflinching eye, the pulpy political thriller is elevated to high …


Review: ‘Wildlife’ a stirring adaptation of a fractured marriage

In “Wildlife” the characters played by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal find themselves in key moments trapped in their ordinary 1960 Great Falls kitchen, evading each other’s eyeline or bearing …


Review: ‘Instant Family’ takes smart, incredibly funny look at adoption

While the pace of “Instant Family” can be relentless, with the supporting cast and a whole lot of genuine authenticity, Anders hits that sweet-spot of hilarious and heartwarming, where the …


Review: Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp commence the war of the cheekbones in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

It took J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter-adjacent franchise exactly one film for the shrugs to set in, even with all those fine actors up there amid expensive digital blue flames.


Review: If you still haven’t heard of Lucas Hedges, you will after ‘Boy Erased’

It’s well-meaning and finely crafted, yet short on surprises, either narrative or emotional. Like the conversion program it depicts, “Boy Erased” is unlikely to change any minds.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Stream On Demand: Kings, cops, superheroes ready to come home

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


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Review: ‘Overlord’ is WWII B-movie splatterfest

It’s gory, utopian fan fiction that imagines, “What if the night before D-Day a bunch of black and Jewish American soldiers fought off Nazi zombies?”


Review: ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ gets tangled in tropes

The plot is a classic “thingamajig” story. Lisbeth has to keep a (insert world-ending device here) out of the hands of (insert nefarious criminal organization here). It’s a tale as …


Review: ‘The Grinch’ works when it sticks to original story

You can’t top what Seuss wrote, especially the poignancy of the Grinch realizing Christmas can’t be stolen, because it isn’t a thing. It’s an idea, a spirit, a song. That’s …


Chase Rice continues his rise with sold-out show in Spokane

Things are going well for Chase Rice and the rising country star expects they’re going to get a lot better soon.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Review: Disney ‘Nutcracker’ movie is like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meets Cirque du Soleil

In the end, “Nutcracker” is a delightfully old-school diversion. The plot may not always hum with the clockwork precision of one of Drosselmeyer’s mechanical toys, but like a music box, …



Moscow Community Theater flips the script with casting in ‘The Foreigner’

Moscow Community Theater showcases their production of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” this weekend at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Powerful pairing: Silver-Garburg duo reunite with Eckart Preu for Classics 4: Sibelius and Brahms

When the Silver-Garburg duo performed with the Spokane Symphony in 2014 they played Bach and Mendeslssohn together on separate pianos. But, this time around, they’ll be sharing a bench while …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a bad movie, but boy, is it entertaining

Every now and then, a film comes along that defies the demands of taste, formal sophistication, even artistic honesty to succeed simply on the level of pure, inexplicable pleasure. “Bohemian …


Review: ‘The Happy Prince’ tells the sad tale of Oscar Wilde’s last years

Florid but warmhearted – much like the man at its center – “The Happy Prince” is a haunting portrait of the aftermath of betrayal; of how the master of comedy …


On sale: Have $2,500 to spend? That’ll get you a front-row VIP ticket to KISS in Spokane

In case you’re wondering, that top-end $252 ticket for KISS is not a VIP experience. One of those, which includes a meet and greet with the band, will set you …