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Review: ‘Little Woods’ big on compelling plot, characters

Writer-director Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods” is the story of women trying to keep themselves and their families afloat in a world where the good and reliable men have been culled …

Review: ‘The Avengers: Endgame’ is well played

If many of us have grown up with the MCU, the films themselves have also grown more complex, like a fine wine.

Elisabeth Moss is great as a washed-up punk rocker in ‘Her Smell,’ but the movie is just mediocre

Starring Elisabeth Moss as a riot-grrrl rock-diva who, when we first meet her, seems to be well on her way to drinking and drama-queening herself to death, the movie “Her …

Review: ‘Diane’ is rooted in realism right down to its sturdy, stoic heroine

Based in large part on the women who surrounded director Kent Jones during his childhood in western Massachusetts, “Diane” centers on a widow and mother who is in near-constant motion …

Stream On Demand: Donald Glover visits Prime with ‘Guava Island’

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

Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ schlocky add to Conjuring Universe

The “Conjuring” spinoffs are like Xerox copies – each new iteration comes out to diminished returns. The structure, ideas and style are there, but there isn’t the same heft of …

Review: ‘Breakthrough’ doesn’t break the mold, but it’s a daring depiction of a flawed, faithful woman

What distinguishes the film is the daring depiction of a complex, flawed, fierce and faithful woman. It’s refreshing to see a mother in this situation depicted in all her humanity. …

‘Penguins’ review: From Disneynature, lessons in parenthood and Antarctic survival

This latest example of Disneynature’s Earth Day-themed appreciations is actually quite good for its type. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson capture some achingly beautiful sunsets, and Adelie penguins never …

Review: ‘Missing Link’ doesn’t always put its best (big)foot forward

The wrinkle here is Bigfoot is a gentle giant (shades of “Harry and the Hendersons”). He’s literate and articulate (the nonthreatening voice of Zach Galifianakis), afraid of humans, and above …

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

For Hozier, the joy in ‘Wasteland! Baby’ comes from the journey

And the journey from ‘Wasteland! Baby’ brings the Irish singer-songwriter to Spokane on Sunday for a sold-out show.

Review: ‘Hellboy’ is a truly crazy monster mash, and it’s … a lot

You don’t so much as watch this movie as submit to being pummeled by it. Fans should be pleased at the depth and breadth of the lore in the film. …

UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

HBO has elaborate, sneaky ways of keeping ‘Game of Thrones’ secrets

HBO’s ironclad battle against spoilers has often bordered on the absurd, but it’s difficult to deny that the show has been about as leakproof as the Mueller investigation.

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 12:34 p.m.

Review: ‘Little’ is big fun

Ever heard of “Black Girl Magic”? That’s Marsai Martin in a nutshell. The 14-year-old “black-ish” star pitched and produced “Little,” in which she stars. And quite the team of powerful …

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Stream On Demand: From ‘Destroyer’ to ‘GoT,’ lots of ‘Special’ options to watch

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

Movie review: Zachary Levi, kid costars make ‘Shazam!’ gosh-darn appealing

Superhero Shazam first appeared in comic books nearly 80 years ago. The character has weathered a long, complicated history, rife with lawsuits and name changes. But always, his bright red …

Movie review: ‘The Best of Enemies’ is Another civil rights drama that centers on the white guy who becomes less racist

As in “Green Book,” the emphasis is defensible in terms of dramatic development. But that doesn’t make its scenario any less irksome.

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

April showers Spokane art lovers with plenty of possibilities during First Friday

Saturate comes to Chase, Art Spirit crosses the state line for a pop up show at the newly renovated Wonder Building, and Bob Kraut returns to Kolva-Sullivan

‘Woman at War’ is a taut environmental thriller with a charismatic superhero

A movie as intensely subjective as “Woman at War” had better have an actress deserving of unwavering attention, and director Benedikt Erlingsson has found her in Halldora Geirharosdottir, who proves …

‘Transit’ is a Holocaust movie set in the present, and the gimmick is surprisingly effective

Directed by Christian Petzold, “Transit” is, at heart, a romance, albeit a far-fetched one.

Movie review: 30 years after ‘Pet Sematary,’ remake shows that sometimes dead really is better

“Pet Sematary” finesses some of the bumpy narrative moments from the original, but where it forges its own path is in rewriting the daughter’s story.

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Review: Emilio Estevez’s new movie has a good message, if you don’t choke on it

Estevez’s heart is in the right place, but he has stuffed “The Public” with too many issues for a single movie, including (but not limited to) addiction, poverty, race, the …

Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ brings the story of one underworld couple, and a country’s progress, to vivid life

This is one of director Jia Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Singer Brett Young bats away sophomore slump with hard work

Country artist Brett Young didn’t try to ignore the prospect of facing a sophomore slump. In fact, well before his 2017 self-titled debut had ended its run, having given him …

Stream On Demand: ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Highwaymen’ delivered to home viewers

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

Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is decidedly – and deliciously – dark

“Dumbo” is by no means a downer. As cartoonish as they are, the film’s Burtonesque touches lend the magic and the fantasy of the story a quality of paradoxical verisimilitude. …

‘The Hummingbird Project’ review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

I can hear you ticking off the reasons you’re unlikely to take a chance on writer-director Kim Nguyen’s feature. Fiber optics, for one. Are fiber optics innately cinematic? On its …

‘Beach Bum’ review: Matthew McConaughey’s sunny, slowly rotting Florida project

“The Beach Bum” is a fun-for-a-while attempt by writer-director Harmony Korine, American indie cinema’s effrontery kingpin, to go a little bit mainstream. Matthew McConaughey is the reason it’ll get by.

Review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ preserves tragic history of terrorist attack

Visceral and suspenseful, “Hotel Mumbai” is also deeply humane and moving, anchored by searing performances. The film refuses to settle on one hero, allowing the hotel itself to emerge as …

10 under $10: Fun things to do on the cheap

Our top picks for March 22-29.

Review: ‘Us’ is a whip-smart modern horror instant classic

“Us” is signature Peele – a ’70s-inspired horror flick that wears its references on its sleeve, grapples with Big Ideas and crawls with genuinely creepy tension, lightened with dashes of …