Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Rain 37° Rain


A&E >  Movies

By avoiding typical showboating, ‘Dark Waters’ doesn’t sink

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

“Dark Waters” is an effective outrage machine: If you like “Erin Brockovich,” you’ll probably like this, too, although Mark Ruffalo’s schlubby crusader, despite the clunker he drives and his degree from what we’re told is a “no-name” law school, doesn’t have quite the same working-class pizazz that Julia Roberts brought to that 2000 role.
A&E >  Movies

Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ takes muscle car madness on a thrill ride

It’s the story of a couple of guys who love cars and live to make them go fast: Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his pal, Ken Miles (Christian Bale). In the mid-’60s, they happen to find themselves the pawns in a war between a behemoth Detroit automaker and a smooth Italian sports car magnate.
A&E >  Movies

A comedy about Nazis that’s actually funny? Yes, but ‘Jojo Rabbit’ also is deadly serious

A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, “Jojo Rabbit” is an audacious high-wire act: a satire in which a buffoonish Adolf Hitler delivers some of the funniest moments; a wrenchingly tender portrait of a mother’s love for her son; a lampoon of the most destructive ideological forces that still threaten society; and – perhaps most powerfully – an improbably affecting chronicle of moral evolution.
A&E >  Movies

Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ can’t escape ‘The Shining’

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

What is the hold that “The Shining” has over us culturally? It’s the popularity of Stephen King, indeed, but it also is, specifically, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. The surreal and disturbing imagery, the unforgettable performances and the film’s hypnotic rhythms have woven their way into our collective unconscious and gotten profoundly stuck there.
A&E >  Movies

Review: ‘Last Christmas’ worth giving over your heart

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

In the past couple of years, it seems we all decided to admit that those made-for-TV holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch. Since then, they’ve only exploded in popularity, drawing more and more stars, the networks expanding their seasonal offerings well into autumn. Christmas movies aren’t just a guilty pleasure anymore – they’re a bona-fide booming mini-industry. While Hollywood studios usually release a family holiday movie or two in the vein of “The Family Stone” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” each year, Emma Thompson and Paul Feig’s holiday rom-com “Last Christmas” feels much more in tune with the Hallmark Lifetime approach, just with higher-profile stars and a much bigger music budget.