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Review: There’s a lot going on in ‘Vox Lux.’ But what is it trying to say?

“Vox Lux” is frustrating as it remains obtuse – and one has to wonder if that opacity is covering up that there’s nothing much at all going on here.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Waitress’ mixes up a delicious confection for theater fans

Take flavors that are sweet and tart, like a good key lime. Mix it with characters well worn and comfortable. Stir in a dash of vinegar for some bite. Bake …

Review: Willem Dafoe is an impassioned van Gogh in this fascinating yet frustrating ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

Despite being 25 years older than van Gogh was when he died, Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy …

Review: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ injects new life, joy into franchise

“Spider-Man” is the superhero franchise that may suffer the most from reboot fatigue. In the past 16 years, there have been six Spider-Man movies starring three different actors as Peter …

Review: Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz fight to be ‘The Favourite’ in a juicy royal comedy

“The Favourite” is all about brutality with a veneer of civility. The subtext is that there was a limited amount of power to go around 300 years ago in England …

Two local girls make their stage debut in ‘Waitress’

Two local 4-year-old girls – Remy Reith, of Cheney, and Brooklyn Wells, Spokane – will make their stage debut when the national tour of the Broadway hit “Waitress” comes to …

Stream on Demand: Clever but little seen ‘Killing Eve’ now on Hulu

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

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.