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Stream on Demand: Big stars and indie dramas coming to home screens

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

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

‘After the Wedding’ review: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams lift soapy remake

The story’s as soapy as laundry day, but let’s face it: A lot of us would happily watch Williams and Moore doing laundry.

Review: ‘The Nightingale’ is a classic revenge tale that interrogates the genre

As she did in “The Babadook,” Jennifer Kent displays an authoritative control over the image and material in “The Nightingale,” giving a genre historically interested in male heroics with a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ review: A movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that’s lighthearted and entertaining? Yes

In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

‘Don’t Let Go’ review: Time-travel thriller kind of works – as long as you don’t think too hard about it

As unoriginal as the premise might be, the movie works well enough thanks mainly to its two stars: David Oyelowo, portraying an LAPD detective named Jack, and Storm Reid as …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Fledgling local movie industry tries to find footing

Wellington Playter had just purchased the bankrupt Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha, but now he said he needed to raise another $50,000 if his new Playter Photo Players …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Stream On Demand: Streaming Cruise’s latest ‘Mission’ now possible

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

Review: ‘Luce’ brilliantly manipulates identity, code-switching in suspenseful family drama

Things are never what they seem in Julius Onah’s “Luce,” a tightly wound fable of modern morality and identity adapted from a play by J.C. Lee, who co-wrote the film’s …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Review: A thief and a runaway with Down syndrome bond in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

The film’s on-the-nose allusions to Mark Twain ultimately contribute to a sense of derivation, undermining the originality of the material and preventing “The Peanut Butter Falcon” from graduating from good …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Review: 1-percenter slasher flick ‘Ready or Not’ too sardonic to be taken seriously as satire

“Ready or Not” is “The Most Dangerous Game” with notes of “Rosemary’s Baby” and the sassy, snarky ’tude of “Heathers.” Grace is Veronica in a wedding dress: a street-smart and …

‘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

‘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 …

‘Endgame’ has full phalanx of Marvel heroes

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

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

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

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.

Review: ‘Scary Stories’ gets the kids right

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” actually makes you care about the fates of its characters, likable or venal. It has a way of treating even the gross-out bits, …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Review: Mob wives brutally take over the business in ‘The Kitchen’

It’s two-thirds of the way through “The Kitchen” before anyone asks Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy) what, exactly, she wants. It’s her son, at the dinner table. We’ve seen Kathy struggle …

Stream On Demand: Netflix cooks up action with ‘Wu Assassins’

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

Review: ‘The Farewell’ is a heartfelt sendoff to big family traditions, truths and a ‘good lie’

In her moving sophomore feature film, “The Farewell,” writer/director Lulu Wang dives into the specific and the personal to unearth universal nuggets of divine truth about family, faith and fear. …

Review: Dog drama ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ laps up pathos

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is ostensibly a story about what Enzo the dog learns about life as a companion to Denny, Eve and Zoe, a wordless omnipresence …

100 years ago in Spokane: Budding local movie industry tries to survive, despite studio bankruptcy

The Washington Moving Picture Corp. – the movie studio at Minnehaha – was in receivership, The Spokesman-Review reported, but Spokane was still clinging to the hope that this wouldn’t spell …

Stream on Demand: Chris Evans takes on role of Israeli agent in Netflix drama

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

Review: Jamie Bell’s performance is more than ‘Skin’ deep

“Skin” is the scariest film of the year. It doesn’t need creatures from other worlds trying to kill the population or the undead creeping around in search of a brain …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Review: In ‘Fast and the Furious’ spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw,’ co-stars Kirby, Elba take the wheel

Dwayne Johnson possesses a kind of radioactively powerful charm, and Jason Statham’s sinister Cockney growl never fails. Which is why it’s absolutely shocking to watch Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba …

Review: ‘Wild Rose’ is rare film that tells truth about what it means to be female artist

A sweet, stirring and yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of a singer with ambition (and pipes to match), “Wild Rose” is like the anti-“A Star Is Born.” Set in Glasgow, Scotland, …