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‘Amelia’ just doesn’t fly

Considering the risks Amelia Earhart took, losing her life in the call of aviation, Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair don’t put much on the line in their film biography …


Not much bark in ‘Cirque’

With its impressive pedigree, “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” should have been a show dog. Instead it’s a mutt.


Latest ‘Transformers’ marked by special defects

‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ There’s so much swirling, relentless action, indistinct robot characterizations and over-caffeinated techies loose on the special-effects machines that this film, in mere seconds, achieves incoherence.


‘Boys Are Back’ packs honesty

Like Steven Spielberg, director Scott Hicks is tuned in to those everyday moments that touch our hearts. You may well cry – I did – at “The Boys Are Back,” …


‘Lorna’s Silence’ speaks loudly

Since turning from documentaries to fiction in the mid-1990s, the Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have crafted a series of stunning if bleak dramas about Europe’s outcasts: the …


‘Thirst’ takes vampires to an even darker level

The juvenile heavy-petting of “Twilight” gives way to all-out Korean kink in “Thirst,” a macabre, darkly humorous and at times nauseating vampire tale from the director of “Old Boy,” Park …


Def Leppard concert canceled

Def Leppard has canceled its fall tour with Cheap Trick, including an Oct. 25 Spokane concert, because of “unforeseen personal matters.”


Jonze focuses on childhood in ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

The promotional materials for Spike Jonze’s new film adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are” kick off with this quote from the director: “I didn’t set out to make a …


Slipknot pushes metal’s envelope

Back in 1999, nu metal was the new metal. But it was a rather short-lived trend and many of the bands of that subgenre have since been washed away into …


‘Rat Pack’ impersonators hit INB

Most of us never got the chance to catch the famous “Summit at the Sands” nightclub act in 1960, featuring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. …


‘Paranormal Activity’ fun, scary

Some movies are a more shared experience than others, and that’s certainly the case with “Paranormal Activity,” a micro-budget horror flick about things that go bump in the you-know-what in …


Rock, hip-hop, laughs at Knitting Factory

The Knitting Factory has a packed week with shows that are sure to pack in crowds. And there’s a little something for everyone – heavy mainstream rock, stand-up comedy, gypsy-folk …


Aimee Mann transforms CdA’s Kroc Center into concert venue

Since opening in May, the $38 million dollar Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center has served as a community place for Mario Kart Wii tournaments, old-time hymn sing-alongs and …


Woody Harrelson’s ‘Zombieland’ brings the laughs

When Woody Harrelson received a copy of the screenplay for “Zombieland,” he stuffed it into his duffel bag of unread scripts and promptly forgot about it. Even after his agent …


Canadian Brass turns blues

The Canadian Brass are like the Toscaninis of tubas, the Beatles of brass. They are, without a doubt, the best-known brass quintet in the world, renowned for their serious classical …


‘Whip It’ soars on girl power

Drew Barrymore has forged a persona as both an actress and producer with movies that exude a playful sense of girl power. So it only makes sense that “Whip It,” …


Rosewood Thieves headline The Blvd.

Erick Jordan doesn’t like to overthink things too much. Especially when it comes to making an album. The last time the lead singer for the Rosewood Thieves made an actual …


Honestly, ‘Lying’ just runs out of steam

“The Invention of Lying,” the new film from Ricky “The Office” Gervais, might be this year’s most subtly subversive comedy. It may well be the first mainstream atheism-based feature film, …


Jason Mraz brings act to Lilac Bowl tonight

What do you do when you’ve got the fifth biggest-selling digital single of all time and a certified quadruple platinum smash on your hands? If you’re Jason Mraz, you follow …


Allegro opens with ‘Britannia’

Allegro, Baroque & Beyond opens its 24th season Friday with “Rule Britannia,” a program of 19th century British ballads. The concert will feature works by Liza Lehmann, including several of …


Armed with elation, gratitude, Urban heads to Spokane

Keith Urban is floating on air. Between marriage, sobriety and having a child, the international country music superstar can’t hold in the joy.


Finding Fiction’s novel approach

They write, record and release their own music, book their own shows, and control their own destiny. The members of New York’s “Finding Fiction” exude the essence of DIY, and …


DVD reviews: The snobby (only) side of Valentino

“Valentino: The Last Emperor” Legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani glides through this documentary in expensive suits and with the facial expression of one who has just smelled unwashed feet.


Review: ‘Whiteout’ more confusing than chilling

Early in “Whiteout,” a murder mystery set in a South Pole research station, a federal marshal played by Kate Beckinsale strips down and takes a shower. Why? No particular reason. …


From the looks of it, ‘9’ should have been flawless

Despite their rough-hewn appearance, the resourceful rag dolls in “9” obviously were crafted with great love and care, both by the scientist who made them in the film and the …


Spokane County fair kicks off

The annual Spokane County Interstate Fair starts today, time to indulge that once-a-year craving for funnel cakes. Last year’s 10-day fair had a 3 percent crowd increase from the year …


Market’s live shows to go on, with new scientific purpose

Music will be allowed again at a South Hill market – at least for three more shows. A noise complaint forced the Rocket Market at High Drive and 43rd Avenue …


Interstate Fair lands quartet of top music acts

Some people love the Spokane County Interstate Fair for the rodeo cowboys, but at least as many this year will be drawn by the “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Glen Campbell will be …


Review: ‘In the Loop’

If screenwriters gene-spliced “Wag the Dog” with “The West Wing” and set it in the context of Anglo-American relations, the result would be Armando Ianucci’s “In the Loop,” a scabrously …


Review: ‘Song of Sparrows’

Iranian actor Reza Naji looks a little like Judd Hirsch, and for the first half of “The Song of Sparrows” he seems to be channeling the sad-sack haplessness of any …