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Review: Engaging narco-thriller ‘Birds of Passage’ has ruffled some feathers

“Birds of Passage” – whose title refers both to the planes used to ferry drugs out of Colombia and to the role of actual birds in the symbolic life of …

Stream On Demand: Much-debated ‘Green Book’ comes to home video

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

Review: Trauma mixed with wacky amusement park antics makes ‘Wonder Park’ an odd ride

Perhaps it’s a post-“Inside Out” phenomenon that animated films aimed at children need to tackle complex emotions or psychology, translating it into terms kids can understand. This is the case …

UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

A toast to the Irish doesn’t have to feature Guinness. Here are some Spokane-area stouts worth a taste this St. Patrick’s Day

Forget green beer – if you want to imbibe in true Irish fashion this St. Patrick’s Day, keep it black.

Review: ‘Nancy Drew’ gets bolt of energy from Sophia Lillis

In this latest incarnation, Nancy’s not perfect and spends a lot of time dealing with local law, but the antihero approach ends up making her a strong role model as …

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is plucky and pleasing, but also predictable

Academy-award winner Larson is every bit as tough, empowering and even slyly funny as expected, but what’s unfortunately lacking is the unexpected. Even though “Captain Marvel” hits all the right …

Review: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s ‘Everybody Know’ turns family secrets into a riveting whodunit

Bardem and Cruz are particularly good, as they are called upon to render, over the course of a very long but engrossing 2

UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Stream On Demand: Pick a new ‘Favourite’ to watch this week

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

Stream On Demand: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s ‘Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ goes from Sundance to Netflix

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

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

First Friday: Ignore the snow and feel the heat of a Friday night art crawl

For a complete list of all the local spots offering art shows to enjoy this evening and for the rest of the month, visit

Review: ‘Never Look Away’ is a masterpiece that confronts truth, Nazi history

Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more. The setup is a brilliant way to explore the ways in which Nazi ideology destroyed …

Review: Imax documentary ‘Apollo 11’ is a virtual round-trip ticket to the moon

NASA’s first lunar landing is not exactly an obscure event. And “Apollo 11” doesn’t profess to offer new information or insights. What it does offer is a wealth of fresh …

Review: Isabelle Huppert dazzles in delightfully demented ‘Greta’

It’s the women on screen who are the most crucial element to the arch and ironic tone that elicits the kind of reaction somewhere between a laugh and a scream. …

Theater review: ‘Hecuba’ at Stage Left makes for an unforgettable night

Stage Left Theater’s production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba” is not a show I’ll soon forget. House lights dimmed as a funereal monody played over the empty stage. Hecuba (Caryn Hoaglund), …

Stream On Demand: A star comes to home screens

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

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Review: Stunning ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will make your heart soar

Through all of the raids and kidnappings and hoopla, “The Hidden World” brings it home with a enormously moving message about learning to stand – and fly – on your …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Stage Left presents a modern take on the ancient tale of ‘Hecuba’

Friday night, the players of Stage Left Theater will open their production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba.” Loosely based on Euripides’ play of the same name, “Hecuba” is a retelling of …

‘Fighting with My Family’ review: Mum, Dad, the WWE and me

The whole film is an entertaining gloss on the truth. These people are neither angels or thugs, though two of the main characters have known prison time, and a third …

Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ keeps the ‘Groundhog Day’ premise and goes back to the future

This time, “Death Day” has ambitions, posing questions that other slasher films wouldn’t touch. Is the self-absorbed Tree caught in a cycle of repetition so that she can become a …

Review: Weak script brings down ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

No one can say the film is not a big swing – it truly goes for it, and does so with jaw-dropping vim and vigor. But does it connect? Somewhat. …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Review: Rom-com parody finds love in all the right places

If 2018 was the year that resurrected the romantic comedy, it was only a matter of time before the beloved genre was parodied by those who know it best.

Review: Even Nicole Kidman can’t save ‘Destroyer’ from itself

As an exercise in actorly transformation, joyless determination and uncompromising tone, this procedural whodunit set in the city’s seediest precincts and arid, desolate outer reaches can’t help but inspire admiration. …

Review: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ could be definitive piece of cinema for the Trump era

It’s pretty astonishing to consider what “The Lego Movie 2” accomplishes. As expected, it’s a hilarious sendup of and tribute to all of the properties in the Warner Bros. stable, …

Jim Breuer aims to be ‘inspiringly funny’ in his comedy show, coming to the Bing

Breuer’s passion for metal and the emotional-psychological intensity the genre entails has heavily informed his devotion to the healing qualities he finds in comedy.

Review: Gender-flipped ‘What Men Want’ fails with its premise

There’s something so wonderfully ironic about a black woman taking over the sequel to a Mel Gibson vehicle. The effervescent Taraji P. Henson stars in the gender-flipped reboot of “What …

Review: ‘Cold War’ is a near-perfect movie

“Cold War” becomes a parable in the stories we tell to ourselves and one another, their meaning, import and sometimes arbitrary values echoed in Wiktor and Zula’s turbulent psychodrama, which …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Review: ‘Cold Pursuit’ deftly follows dad’s revenge desires

It’s not often that directors get a second crack at their own work. But Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland has undertaken the task of remaking his own 2014 revenge thriller, …

The critics need to KISS off: One editor’s impassioned defense of his all-time favorite rock band

When KISS played the old Spokane Coliseum in 1977, a Spokesman-Review critic was not impressed. Current editor Rob Curley goes to bat in defense of his rock icons.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Review: ‘Miss Bala’ remake misses the point

Mexico’s 2011 Oscar entry, “Miss Bala,” was a searing slice of social commentary about the raging narco wars wrapped up in a sexy, action-packed thriller. With the combo of gun …

Review: ‘Serenity’ is odd, appealing and soured by heavy-handedness

The off-kilter, colorful, cartoonish fantasy of “Serenity” is just so odd and appealing that you want to spend time with the characters, aboard this ship, among the people of Plymouth, …