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

“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.

For Roy Wood Jr., it’s all relative

Don’t expect a heavy dose of politics when Roy Wood Jr. comes to Spokane Comedy Club this weekend. The comedian, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” says his standup sets are much more focused on relationships and sports.

Updated ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ keeps the rock in rock opera

This latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 rock musical, based on the Olivier Award-winning revival staged in London in 2016, brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” into the 21st century. And, for the most part, it works.

‘Knives Out’: Sleuth plays ripping game of Clue; family of vipers wonders whodunit

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s fizzy Agatha Christie riff “Knives Out” succeeds as a throwback with more than mere nostalgia on its mind. Against our current wash of grim Scandinavian serial-killer binge-watches, gory yet bloodless American police procedurals and endlessly streaming reruns of “Columbo” and “Murder, She Wrote,” this one’s a good time, period. That’s all it’s trying for, and when a shrewd commercial storyteller provides such a thing, we do the result no favors by overinflating the achievement. The opening shots of “Knives Out” pay loving tribute to the memorabilia-crammed interiors of the 1972 film adaptation of “Sleuth.”