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Stories tagged: movies

100 years ago in Spokane: Ministers seek enforcement of ‘Sunday amusement’ ban

City Commissioner J.H. Tilsley was poring over some old ordinances when he discovered the existence of an old “Sunday amusement closing ordinance.” It had not been enforced for decades, but …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Stream on Demand: Family drama, revenge and humor fill top picks

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

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

‘Honey Boy’: Shia LaBeouf’s script about his Hollywood childhood is a small triumph

In this intense, unsettling and modestly triumphant portrait of the artist as a young man, LaBeouf shows us not only how he grew up, but also what it cost him …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Free speech doc ‘No Safe Spaces’ clearly sides with one set of voices

What might have been a pertinent, evenhanded examination of the notion of free speech on today’s college campuses wastes little time in exposing an overwhelmingly right-leaning bias in the disappointingly …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

‘Waves’ is an epic family drama bursting with life in all its contradictions

Director Trey Edward Shults has found a vernacular – in his characters, setting and style – to tell a classic story that feels of the moment but also like a …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

By avoiding typical showboating, ‘Dark Waters’ doesn’t sink

“Dark Waters” is an effective outrage machine: If you like “Erin Brockovich,” you’ll probably like this, too, although Mark Ruffalo’s schlubby crusader, despite the clunker he drives and his degree …

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson split up in funny-sad, happy-harrowing divorce dramedy ‘Marriage Story’

At its most excruciating, “Marriage Story” documents how love becomes distorted and disfigured; those cute little foibles that once made Charlie and Nicole adorable to each other are swiftly magnified, …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Stream on Demand: Scorsese bypasses traditional studios for ‘The Irishman’

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

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Melina Matsoukas takes visionary approach to modern-day ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ with ‘Queen & Slim’

“Queen & Slim” is a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde” tale rooted in the urgent sociopolitical issues of the day: police brutality, systemic racism and a palpable sense of anger at …

‘Frozen 2’ heats up box office with $127M opening weekend

Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350.2 …

Tom Hanks just learned he’s related to Mister Rogers days before his Mister Rogers movie opens

Tom Hanks unintentionally found a more immersive form of method acting: sharing DNA with his character. Hanks, 63, recently discovered he’s related to Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” fame.

Rob Curley: What does a woman who plays a Disney princess several times a week think about ‘Frozen II’?

Most people know Ashlee Karras as Miss Spokane. She’s the crowned ambassador for our city. She’s so good at it that she’s won numerous pageants and even been named Miss …

‘Knives Out’: Sleuth plays ripping game of Clue; family of vipers wonders whodunit

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s fizzy Agatha Christie riff “Knives Out” succeeds as a throwback with more than mere nostalgia on its mind. Against our current wash of grim Scandinavian serial-killer binge-watches, …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

‘Frozen 2’ offers new adventure and power ballads with Elsa, Anna and Kristoff

The sequel pulls Elsa the Snow Queen and her less magical but nonetheless charismatic younger sister, Anna, into a murky web of Shakespearean political intrigue with a large dose of …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ dismantles myths filmmaker helped create in movies like ‘Goodfellas’

“The Irishman” is so full of Martin Scorsese’s most-beloved rep players and repeated tropes that it’s difficult not to compare it to such predecessors as “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

In ‘21 Bridges,’ police manhunt plays out within predictable parameters

“21 Bridges” gets the job done. So does Chadwick Boseman, who is satisfying to watch even when he has little to do except the right thing. Dre isn’t tarnished or …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ beautifully showcases quiet magic of radical empathy

Director Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks work in tandem to allow the notions of kindness and presence to just exist, unadorned by fervor and dramatics. And that is what makes …

Stream on Demand: Disney brings multiple universes to new streaming venture

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

Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ takes muscle car madness on a thrill ride

It’s the story of a couple of guys who love cars and live to make them go fast: Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his pal, Ken Miles (Christian Bale). In …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Review: Blandness runs the game in ‘The Good Liar’ until its satisfying twist

The twisty little tete-a-tete is a fine vehicle for the two charming British actors – Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen – but it’s potentially the politest, gentlest movie about a …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Review: Kristen Stewart gives divinely comedic performance in woke ‘Charlie’s Angels’

“Charlie’s Angels” isn’t rocket science, but thanks to a charm offensive of stars, it’s an easy breezy blast of an action flick that delivers as many laughs as it does …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

‘The Janitor’ is a labor of fright for local aspiring filmmakers

Aspiring producers Shane Tyler, who lives in Athol, and Austin Meyers, who resides in Spokane Valley, released their short film, “The Janitor,” in August on YouTube, a movie the two …

CGI James Dean director never intended casting ‘to be a marketing gimmick’

A director behind the film that cast a CGI version of James Dean says he’s surprised by the backlash it sparked. “Finding Jack” filmmaker Anton Ernst said that he was …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Review: Smokejumper farce ‘Playing With Fire’ is only half-baked – and wholly unfunny

The creators of “Playing With Fire,” a clodhopping comedy about California smokejumpers, built in little pauses after many of the film’s sight gags and verbal jokes, presumably to accommodate audience …

A comedy about Nazis that’s actually funny? Yes, but ‘Jojo Rabbit’ also is deadly serious

A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, “Jojo Rabbit” is an audacious high-wire act: a satire in which a buffoonish Adolf Hitler delivers some of …

Review: Mushrooms are new superheroes in documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi’

Director Louie Schwartzberg, with the aid of gorgeous time-lapse photography and mycophilic talking heads including Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone and Andrew Weil, covers a lot of ground – pun intended …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Stream on Demand: HBO hits the books again for new fantasy series

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

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ can’t escape ‘The Shining’

What is the hold that “The Shining” has over us culturally? It’s the popularity of Stephen King, indeed, but it also is, specifically, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. The surreal and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Review: ‘Last Christmas’ worth giving over your heart

In the past couple of years, it seems we all decided to admit that those made-for-TV holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch. Since then, they’ve …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Review: Nostalgic ‘Midway’ gives its heroes short shrift through information overload

In its combat scenes, “Midway” is a triumph. Though heavily enhanced by CGI, the action is rendered in crisp clarity and breathtaking immediacy, a direct view of the action from …