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Hill, Brand take the moral low ground in ‘Get Him to the Greek’

In “Get Him to the Greek,” Russell Brand plays the same British rock ’n’ roll prat – Aldous Snow – that he assayed so expertly in the 2008 rom-com, “Forgetting …


TV’s summer will offer 18 new dramas, comedies

Watch out, “Big Brother.” This looks like TV’s summer of the scripted show. Between the broadcast networks and cable, at least 18 new dramas and comedies will debut before back-to-school …


‘Splice’ explores tension between science, humanity

Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are two rebellious young biochemical engineers – and we know they’re rebellious because they wear T-shirts in place of lab coats, listen to …


‘Marmaduke’ would appeal only to little kids

Wouldn’t it be great if 7-year-olds could drive themselves to the movies? You could give them some money for Junior Mints or whatever, send them on their way and never …


Grownup ‘Alice’ must end Red Queen’s reign

“Alice in Wonderland”: Alice, now 19, slips into a rabbit hole that takes her to “Underland,” where she must terminate the Red Queen’s reign to save her childhood friends. With …


A mix of sounds on tap in Browne’s

Now in its sixth year, Elkfest has become an ArtFest weekend institution. Highlighted by a slew of regional and local bands, the three-day Browne’s Addition block party is expected to …


Highly styled ‘SATC2’ offers little substance

“Sex and the City 2” is so over-the-top ridiculous, it plays like a parody of what a sequel to the 2008 hit movie would be. You can just imagine how …


Father, son take ‘The Road’

“The Road”: Taut and haunting adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trudging across a postapocalyptic America, struggling …


‘Killers’ won’t be screened for reviews

You’ve probably seen the billboards, bus-stop ads and television spots for “Killers.” They’re everywhere, featuring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher juggling guns and bantering over super-secret identities. But critics won’t …


Critics pummeling ‘Sex and the City 2’

The reviews are still flooding in for “Sex and the City 2” and guess what? They’re as bad as ever. The film’s “fresh” (favorable) rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website …


‘Prince’ looks, feels like a slow video game

Watching “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” must be what it’s like to ride a camel across the desert: slow, plodding and predictable. It gets the job done but …


‘The Secret of Kells’

Nestled among this year’s batch of best animated feature Oscar nominees was “The Secret of Kells,” a movie that received little distribution in the United States and had no spinoff …


Local Natives bring the groove to Empyrean

Local is the word of the week at Empyrean Coffee House. While this weekend’s shows feature some of Spokane’s buzziest bands, Empyrean is sure to draw a crowd on Tuesday …


‘Dumb idea’ opens today

When “Saturday Night Live’s” Will Forte appeared in the first goofy “MacGruber” sketch, never in his most deranged dreams did he envision the clueless, mullet-headed, bomb-diffusing character at the center …


‘Shrek’ opener might fall short

The big screen’s most famous ogre might have good reason to be grumpy this weekend. “Shrek Forever After,” the fourth and purportedly final installment of DreamWorks Animation’s money-minting series, could …


‘Invictus’ brings tale that inspired a nation

“Invictus”: Clint Eastwood directs the story of Nelson Mandela as he motivates South Africa’s rugby team to win the World Cup to inspire national unity. With Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. …


Get your act together for Street Music Week

In a positively shocking flash of municipal efficiency, the mayor’s office this week e-mailed me a draft of my eighth annual Spokane Street Music proclamation, even though … A. I …


Knitting Factory offers eclectic mix

A white-clad dance party, dark metal mosh pits, politically powered folk songs, headbanging hard-rock anthems and juggalo hip-hop hysteria. That’s what’s on the menu of music being served up at …


Crowe unveils a rugged ‘Robin’

The legend of Robin Hood, king of the rogues, is best summed up by Roger Miller, the guy who sang “King of the Road.” “There’s been a heap of legends …


‘Robin Hood’ prequel never rises above passable

In one unfortunate regard, Ridley Scott’s grimy “Robin Hood” lives up to its legendary character: It, too, robs – just from richer movies. Scott’s bungled yet matinee-worthy take on that …


Sappy ‘Letters’ just feels contrived

Juliet might want to take her own life all over again if she knew the gooey depths to which Hollywood would sink in her name to woo an audience.


Mickey Rourke’s comeback rolls on with ‘Iron Man 2’

With the muscular physique of a lifelong athlete and a face battered by boxing, Mickey Rourke looks almost as intimidating in person as he does in “Iron Man 2,” where …


Civic Theatre stages off-Broadway hit ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’

Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is without question a comedy – but it’s “a comedy that hurts,” as one critic put it in 1991. McNally places two middle-aged couples …


Brooks & Dunn bring their final act to Spokane tonight

It’s the last roundup for Brooks & Dunn. The iconic country duo, which brings its “Last Rodeo Tour” to the Spokane Arena tonight, is calling it quits after two decades. …


Spokane Symphony celebrates Margie May

The Spokane Symphony celebrates May Day on Saturday with one of the closing concerts of this season’s classics series. Wait. Make that Margie May Day.


Summer movie calendar features something for just about everyone

Hollywood is expanding its age demographic this summer. With a new karate kid, a middle-aged iron man, the return of the school girl-teen wolf-vampire love triangle, and a 1,500-year-old sorcerer, …


Wild week in store at the Knit

Arena-rock reggae, hardcore pop-punk, spiritual gangsta rap, political Christian folk, “gross pop.” It’s all happening over the coming week at the Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are available …


Lily Tomlin brings act to Northern Quest Sunday

Lily Tomlin is a two-time Tony-winning actress and movie/TV star – and she’s also one of the true comedy innovators of her generation, right up there with Richard Pryor, George …


Cowboy acts, Spokane Symphony team up

Wylie Gustafson & the Wild West is one of the nation’s top cowboy music acts, as seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Paul Zarzyski is one of the top …


‘Eleemosynary’ lands at Interplayers

First, about that title: The word “eleemosynary” means “charitable” or “pertaining to alms.” More to point, it’s the favorite word of 16-year-old Echo Westbrook. She won a big spelling bee …