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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, …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Review: Leonard Cohen and his muse are subjects of absorbing documentary

The absorbing documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” chronicles the creative and romantic collaboration between musician Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who inspired several of his earliest songs, including …


Stream on Demand: ‘Orange’ is the color of the week

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


Review: Goofy ‘Diamantino’ mixes neo-noir and memes

An exploration in absurdist comedy and the symptoms of modern-day, “Diamantino,” directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, has all the anti-climactic plot mess of a neo-noir but is doused …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ could be Tarantino’s most sensitive film

It’s shocking to say that Quentin Tarantino’s Manson murders film is perhaps his most sedate and self-reflective yet. But maybe that’s because it’s not a Manson murders film. It’s not …


Review: ‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time – and that’s why it’s so good

There’s real meat to chew on in this fleshed-out “Lion” (directed by Jon Favreau, who also helmed “The Jungle Book”). Some of that was always there, but it’s been thrown …


Chiwetel Ejiofor picks at Scar from ‘The Lion King’

“When you are looking at a character, you are looking to empathize and not necessarily sympathize and I think in that sense you are looking with Scar at someone who …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

‘Fall of the American Empire’ review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side

Was there a time, not long ago, when a smoothly operating hypocrite of a movie such as “The Fall of the American Empire” might’ve stolen the hearts of art-house audiences …


‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ review: Irresistible voice of beloved writer shines through

Much of the film’s pleasure is in hearing Morrison speak – about racism (“If you can only be tall if someone is on their knees, then you have a problem”), …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Stream on Demand: Celebrate moon landing with ‘First Man’ and HBO series

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