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Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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George Winston’s musical journey brings him back to Spokane

George Winston to give a matinee performance Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.


Stream On Demand: ‘Solo’ flies onto home screens

Also new for home viewing this week: “King Learn” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”


Review: ‘Night School’ makes the grade, but just barely

For years, putting feisty comic Kevin Hart across from any movie star would automatically light a fire underneath an otherwise middling comedy. He was the magic ingredient, the spice that …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 1:18 p.m.

Review: ‘Smallfoot’ is predictable, but the journey makes it worth watching

The story is actually “Bigfoot,” but it hinges on a clever reversal of perspective, centering on a tribe of Yetis in the Himalayas who fear the dreaded unknown creature known …


In ‘Assassination Nation,’ teen women gun for empowerment

“Assassination Nation” peaks early, with a funny prologue full of helpful trigger warnings about impending sex, violence, racism, and threats to the “fragile male ego.”


Review: The cogs never quite fit together in ‘The House With a Clock in its Walls’

Despite all the rich elements – the fantastic cast, the wonderfully detailed production and costume design, an oddball family story of black sheep finding each other – there’s something missing …


Review: Unreliable storytelling makes ‘Life Itself’ lose all meaning

It’s difficult to discuss what “Life Itself” is exactly about, because the film, written and directed by “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, is such a twisty, tangled narrative that …


Movie review: In ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ less would have been more for Moore

As much as Moore loves making fun of Trump any chance he gets, in “11/9” he has truly the knives out for Obama and establishment Democrats.


Review: ‘Pick of the Litter’ will charm you with its guide dogs in training

The documentary reveals something deeply moving, between the cute-puppy moments: the bond between dogs and their humans, and the everyday miracle the trained dogs bring.


Review: ‘The Bookshop’ is like the best classic novels – meant to be savored, not summarized

Mostly, “The Bookshop” is a pretext to watch three great actors do their thing: Emily Mortimer, as the film’s mousy but surprisingly formidable heroine; Patricia Clarkson, as her smiling adversary; …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Review: Glenn Close creates movie magic in ‘The Wife’

Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it’s a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether …


Stream on Demand: Sean Penn heads a crew of astronauts in new Hulu series ‘The First’

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


Review: Kendrick, Lively make ‘Simple Favor’ a deliciously campy thriller

It’s about as deep as a champagne coupe, but the performers, slick execution and pop-art style make it a delightfully fun and kitschy ride.


Review: ‘White Boy Rick’ a tragic, tender tale of legendary teen drug kingpin

Director Yann Demange crafts an intoxicating world of ’80s Detroit, at once a ghost town and a vibrant scene all its own, and it’s clear why Rick wants in.


Review: ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ is a fussy correction to its predecessor

Both films take Laura Hillenbrand’s biography as inspiration and adaptation material, but “Path to Redemption” picks up where Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film faded into text


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Reliving Rodin: Jundt Art Museum opens exhibit of works by the father of modern sculpture

The new traveling show, secured by the Jundt with the help of a grant by Spokane Arts, is being offered by the Cantor Foundation as part of last year’s activities …


‘Turnip’ the fun: Jeff Foxworthy, Old Dominion among headliners for Spokane County Interstate Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair’s grandstand stage will have a mostly country flair this year.


Review: It’s fun to watch Jennifer Garner’s return to action, but ‘Peppermint’ is no ‘Alias’

How to revive a movie star’s flagging career? Take up guns, obviously. Following in the time-honored tradition of “Taken,” “John Wick,” “Atomic Blonde” and “Death Wish,” Jennifer Garner arms up …


Review: ‘The Nun’ is a total, screaming blast

Step aside, “Halloween.” Forget it, “Paranormal Activity.” Nice try, “Scream.” “The Conjuring” franchise has steadily become the most dependable horror film franchise of late, conquering the box office with good …


Review: ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ a strange Frankenstein’s monster of a film

The growing faith-based film industry is on a quest for content: stories that will connect with audiences, or draw pre-existing ones. Now, there’s the “inspired by a country song” subgenre.


Observing absurdity: Tom Green returns to the Spokane Comedy Club

The comedian says ideas often come to him while he’s out running errands.


Stream on Demand: John Krasinski steps into Jack Ryan’s shoes for Amazon

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


Auction scheduled Saturday to benefit Spokane sculptor Hank Chiappetta

The wood carver and painter is currently battling stage four terminal liver cancer, and a group called Spokane Outlaw Artists is hosting an auction and fundraiser to benefit Chiappetta and …


Review: Dark, confounding ‘Kin’ defies genre

“Kin” is a devastatingly sad and terrible story about two brothers who make bad choices, suffer the consequences and lose the last shreds of family they have left.


Review: ‘Searching’ unravels clever mystery

“Searching” works both as a smart and fascinating thriller and a wonderfully creative way of telling the tale.


Review: ‘Operation Finale’ is a color-by-numbers post-WWII political thriller

The story’s details are truly wild and unbelievable, but the plotting and characters feel rote. Perhaps that’s just overfamiliarity with the story.


Review: It’s a mystery why ‘Papillon’ remake was made

“Papillon,” a remake of the 1973 film about Devil’s Island inmate Henri “Papillon” Charriere, could be described as a prison drama, but it’s probably just as accurate to call the …


Review: McQueen documentary is the best of the many fashion movies this year

There are two Alexander McQueens in “McQueen,” the fascinating documentary portrait of the acclaimed fashion designer, who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.


Review: ‘Puzzle’ is the competitive jigsaw puzzle drama you’ve been waiting for

In “Puzzle,” Kelly Macdonald has finally found a movie that she doesn’t need to steal, because it belongs to her completely.


Review: ‘Little Mermaid’ comes up short of being big fish tale

This live-action romance/drama is a sweet film about love and lore that would have done a lot better in the fall or spring when the box office battles aren’t so …