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Stream on Demand: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Cherry Tree Lane

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.


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, …


Review: ‘Indian Horse’ skates into Canada’s troubling history

“Indian Horse,” the second feature by “Momentum” director Stephen S. Campanelli is a heart-rending tale of passion and survival.


Movie review: ‘Action comedy’? ‘Stuber’ is more like a cinematic car wreck

For all their individual charms, Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista lack screen chemistry in this loud, pointless and unfunny “comedy.”


All eight Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best

With Marvel Studios and Sony cruising along and sharing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; more sequels with star Tom Holland likely, and the animated, Oscar-winning “Spider-Verse” just getting started, …


Stream on Demand: Netflix releases more ‘Stranger Things’

Also new in the streaming universe: “The Loudest Voice” with Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes and the complete “Veronica Mars.”


Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco,’ like the city of its title, is a big, bold and beautiful thing

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” an extraordinary debut from best friends and collaborators Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot, obeys the intuitive rhythms of a reverie, leading viewers on …


Review: Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ serious look at icon

Director Ron Howard’s recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. “Made In America,” a …


‘Echo in the Canyon’ review: A ‘60s musical flowering gets plucked by Jakob Dylan’s vanity project

The hook for the documentary “Echo in the Canyon” is a 2015 tribute concert featuring Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, who conducts the on-camera interviews here with more self-conscious cool …


Review: Brilliant ‘Midsommar’ lets the sunshine in to horror

“Midsommar” stretches the generic mantle of “horror” about as far as it will go. There are no jump scares, slashings or cathartic screams and chases. It’s a relationship drama placed …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a home run

This is a journey about Peter surrendering to his destiny, leaning in to what it means to be a “superhero” in the wake of the Avengers. If “Into the Spider-Verse” …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 12:12 a.m.

‘Toy Story 4’ again No. 1 at box office; ‘Yesterday’ debuts at No. 3

“Toy Story 4” hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel “Annabelle Comes Home” opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story …


Elba says race talk around Bond casting disappointing

British actor Idris Elba confirms in a Vanity Fair cover article that he will not be the next James Bond


Stream on Demand: ‘Spider-Verse’ adds alternate dimensions to Netflix

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.


Review: ‘Yesterday’ doesn’t quite come together, but it’s almost impossible not to like

The songs? Great, of course. The story? Strange at best. The characters and aesthetic? Aces. Everyone on screen is just so likable (even Kate McKinnon, playing the villain), especially the …


Review: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ could be best of ‘Annabelle’ trilogy

While it’s easy to scoff at another killer doll film in the Conjuring Universe, the spooky franchise is stealthily successful, and always steadily consistent. “Annabelle Comes Home,” the third “Annabelle” …


‘Toy Story 4’ opens big but below expectations with $118M

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life after a three-week sequels slump, but its $118 million debut came in below industry expectations.


‘Cinderella’ film celebrated at Library of Congress on its 70th anniversary

The Library of Congress recently added the animated Disney classic to the National Film Registry.


Movie review: ‘Toy Story 4’ is a ‘triumph of humor and heart’

In a summer glutted with tiresome sequels, the team at Pixar more than makes the argument for another “Toy Story” by combining the beloved characters and tone of the original …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Movie review: Set in the milieu of the French literary life, Olivier Assayas’ latest film is a sublime pleasure

Talky, sophisticated and self-consciously erudite, this slice of French literary life is in many ways familiar.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Movie review: Scariest thing about ‘Child’s Play’ is the technology

Who would have guessed that a “Child’s Play” film would leave us with less popcorn-rattling jump scares and more existential questions about the role of Alexa in our lives?


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Stream on Demand: Jordan Peele strikes again with the horrifying ‘Us’

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.


Bing Crosby Theater brings Broadway and the West End to West Sprague

Since 2014, theater fans have been able to see such theater luminaries as Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson and others performing acclaimed works without having …


Review: Zombie comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ could use more brains

“The Dead Don’t Die” looks like it was a blast to make. But, ultimately, it’s the audience that gets it in the neck.


‘Shaft’ review: Sequel to blaxploitation classic shifts gears in the age of Uber

The 2019 version of “Shaft” is a film that embraces the camp of each of its predecessors while adding a timely new depth: the generational and cultural differences between Shaft …


Movie review: In ‘Late Night,’ Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling deliver sparkling wit, surprising sweetness

“Late Night” possesses many of the beats one would expect from a mainstream comedy: a bit of slapstick here, some well-placed pop-culture jokes there. But it’s at its best and …


Movie review: Tessa Thompson’s out-of-this-world charisma makes ‘Men in Black’ reboot work

Despite the nagging questions about whether or not we really needed a new installment of the “Men in Black,” “International” makes its case with a troika of winning stars, a …


100 years ago in Spokane: New company making cartoons, documentaries and movies

A “completely equipped commercial motion picture plant” was now operating in Spokane.


‘Rafiki’ review: Movie about teenage girls in love is a breakthrough for Kenyan filmmaker

Director Wanuri Kahiu makes a bold stand for tolerance in the film, wherein Kena and Ziki’s relationship blossoms despite sexism, family expectations, malicious gossip, the homophobia of the Christian church …


Review: The family grows in ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

The key to the appeal of “The Secret Life of Pets” is the filmmakers understand the lovable quirks and characteristics that make our furry friends who they are. In the …