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The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

When Brian Banks’ home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn’t commit, he never imagined he would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned …


‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think – seriously

There’s a new movie that teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and forgiveness. It boasts a plot and action based on the foundational principles of mathematics. And it encourages girls to …


‘47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ drowns in other shark movie references

It just isn’t summer until someone punches a shark. Since Jason Statham is off on “Hobbs & Shaw” duties, that task falls to Canadian actress Sophie Nilisse, the plucky heroine …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

‘Good Boys’ is surprisingly sweet comedy about raunchy side of tween boy life

Much has been made of how “Good Boys” – an R-rated comedy about a trio of sixth-grade nerds caught up in a misadventure involving drugs, sex toys, beer and slapstick …


Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ becomes a bit of a bore

Narrated by 15-year-old Bee Branch, Maria Semple’s epistolary comedy conveys its story of Bee; her brilliant, devoted ex-architect mother, Bernadette; and Microsoft visionary father, Elgin, by way of emails, FBI …


Bruce Lee’s daughter says Quentin Tarantino can ‘shut up’ or own up

Bruce Lee’s daughter has heard enough from Quentin Tarantino, thank you very much. It’s time for the director to be quiet or be apologetic. “He could shut up about it,” …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Film finds a ‘Home Sweet Home’ in Spokane area

Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Filmworks, the nonprofit that manages the Motion Picture Competitiveness program, said the Spokane area is, so far this year, the preferred destination for films …


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane pushes to become Hollywood North

Spokane had still not given up on the dream of becoming Hollywood North, The Spokesman-Review reported.


Casey Affleck explores parenting in the apocalypse

Casey Affleck explores parenting in the apocalypse in new film ‘Light of My Life’


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Review: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ gives Gen Z its own delightfully dorky ‘Indiana Jones’

Dora, with her backpack, sunny outlook and multicultural perspective, is truly the hero we need for this century.


Is Tom Holland or Tobey Maguire the best Spider-Man ever?

Ahead of the superhero debut, at least three noteworthy “Spider-Man” stories were posted, two, courtesy of the Washington Post and Variety, ranking the eight “Spider-Man” films from worst to best, …


“Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for his romantic film “Romeo and Juliet” as well as other operas, films and television, has died at 96


‘Proof of Life’ documentary showing Friday at REI

A documentary film following Spokane’s Brad Thiessen’s recovery from brain cancer will be shown Friday at REI (1125 N. Monroe St.)


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:35 p.m.

This L.A. couple has seen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 24 times: ‘It’s two hours of freedom’

As Karin Dicker and Steven Sarott have both struggled with health issues in the past, they find solace and joy in the couple hours spent in the company of Freddie …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Shia LaBeouf turned rehab into a writing room for new film

Shia LaBeouf’s latest film was born in an unusual place – court-ordered rehab. The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical “Honey Boy” while he was being treated …


The 25 new films added to the National Film Registry in 2018

Since 1989, the Library of Congress has been adding 25 films a year to the National Film Registry as a way to recognize and preserve movies that have a “cultural, …


‘Don’t Look Now’ director Nicolas Roeg dies at 90

Nicolas Roeg, a director of provocative and otherworldly films who gave Mick Jagger and David Bowie enduring screen roles, has died. He was 90.


Viola Davis on ‘Widows,’ MeToo and expressing her femininity

To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself.


‘Halloween’ carves up another $32 million to top box office

“Halloween” dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales.


‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to get China debut months after US premiere

The Warner Bros. surprise hit “Crazy Rich Asians” will debut in China next month, ending speculation that the country’s film regulators may block the hit romantic comedy after the country’s …


Keira Knightley looks to ‘Colette’ for courage in the battle against her own self-doubt

But in the summer of 2016, staring down the lead role in the period drama “Colette,” Keira Knightley decided she needed a break.


Garland, Symphony showcasing 1998 film ‘The Red Violin’

This weekend, François Girard’s 1998 film “The Red Violin” will be shown at the Garland Theater, in anticipation of the upcoming Spokane appearance by the actual 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius …


‘The Predator’ tops box office but still falls short; ‘A Simple Favor’ beats expectations

For the first time in weeks, the weekend box office was dominated by three new releases, signaling an unofficial start to the fall movie season.


Henry Cavill might be out as Warner Bros.’ Superman

As Warner Bros. turns its focus to a “Supergirl” movie – with any standalone “Superman” flicks on the back burner for a few years – scheduling conflicts appear to have …


‘The Nun’ opens at No. 1 with series-best $53.5 million

In first place, New Line Cinema’s horror spinoff “The Nun,” based on a character introduced in the successful “Conjuring” franchise, opened with a series-best $53.5 million, according to figures from …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines bright at the box office

Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22.”


Barack and Michelle Obama are becoming television and film producers for Netflix

Netflix announced a production deal Monday with Barack and Michelle Obama that will see the former first couple create a wide range of content for the streaming service.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 3:39 p.m.

‘Deadpool 2’ explosion of crass comedy, amazing action

What keeps this from being nothing more than an actor with an inflated ego trying to get another credit is Deadpool would be nothing more than a foul-mouthed, annoying, sex-driven …


‘Jumanji’ rolls along as newcomers ‘12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves’ beat expectations

Demonstrating the continued drawing power of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” fended off a pair of male-skewing, action-oriented newcomers – “12 Strong” and “Den of …


‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘The Commuter’ at MLK box office

Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” still roared …