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The 7: From the National Film Registry’s 25 new titles, we pick our favorite 7

There is a lot of good stuff here, including beloved films like “The Goonies” and “Field of Dreams,” and important movies that explore questions of race, religion and ethnicity, such as “La Bamba,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and “Gentleman’s Agreement.” While it’s difficult to narrow our list to 7, we’ve given it a shot.

‘The Princess Bride’ is 30 years old? Inconceivable!

“The Princess Bride” has it all: romance, comedy, swashbuckling, wizards, bad guys, good guys, pirates, a vocabulary-challenged Sicilian, a princess, rodents of unusual size, one very large man and the most dedicated vengeance-seeker of all time.

The 7: Go for the festivals, stay for the fun times

People from all over the region head to the Lake City for a day of shopping, wandering, eating, drinking and playing. If at some point in the day you find yourself needing a break from the heat and the crowds – and given the forecast, that’s a possibility – the city offers plenty of options. Here our list of 7 things to do or places to see to recharge. Enjoy!

Don’t let summer fun pass you by

Consider this a warning: You’ve got seven weekends until Labor Day. That gives you plenty of time to take in all the summer must-dos. Here’s our list.

The 7: For the price of a $20K wedding, other options abound

According to, the average cost for a wedding in the Spokane metropolitan area was $24,262 in 2016. In Coeur d’Alene, it was about $500 cheaper, at $23,835. That got us wondering, if you weren’t spending that money on a wedding, what else could you buy? Here are 7 things:

The 7: Jonathan Demme leaves a legacy of humor, horror and humanity

In recent months, I’ve re-watched both “Married to the Mob” and “Stop Making Sense,” so news of director Jonathan Demme’s death on Wednesday had a real immediacy. So much talent, so many good films, such a loss. My high school and college years were bookended by the releases of “Stop Making Sense” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” and coincided with a particularly fertile time in Demme’s career. I loved those movies, used to recommend them freely to customers at the Eugene video store where I worked.

7 presidential television, film favorites for the holiday weekend

It’s President’s Day weekend. We thought we’d celebrate with a film festival of sorts, featuring memorable performances on the big and little screens of American presidents – real and fictional. As we started brainstorming, it occurred to us that this is a more difficult task than it initially seemed. The list of notable screen presidents is long. Here are 7 of our favorites.

Favorite football flicks

Even if you’re not a big sports fan, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in a good sports movie.

Exciting artists emerge from an underwhelming Sasquatch lineup

The Sasquatch Music Festival, which has made the Gorge Amphitheater an annual pilgrimage for thousands of music fans every Memorial Day, recently released its lineup for the upcoming three-day concert. The general reaction to this year’s lineup has been lukewarm, but there are still some interesting names in the mix.

The 7: Looking forward to Shyamalan, Legos, ‘Logan’

It’s no surprise that movie studios dump their least desirable products during the first few months of the year. After all the Oscar hopefuls march through theaters, multiplexes become a wasteland. But do not despair, cinephiles. Here are 7 wide releases that we hope will brighten up big screens during these cold winter months.