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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: Death row drama ‘Just Mercy’ tells shattering, satisfying tale

From its smooth visuals and warm, swinging sounds to its magnificent performances, “Just Mercy” is masterfully constructed to keep us inside a story that otherwise would be too brutal to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: In ‘Underwater,’ Kristen Stewart has her Ellen Ripley moment under the sea

As stylish as it is, and with as many deeply treacherous and inventive dilemmas as the group faces, the film is so faithful to the formula that it never achieves …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Review: ‘Like a Boss’ feels more like a chore – you can’t wait for this movie to be over

“Like a Boss” is the perfect airplane movie – something that won’t distract you terribly much while you work the New York Times crossword puzzle during a long flight periodically …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Review: ‘1917’ a stark, breathtaking World War I film

“1917” is staggering in its cinematic scope, but scaled to human size it embodies the truthful experience and enormous sacrifice of this war.


2020 Golden Globes preview: A forecast for Sunday’s awards

The 77th Golden Globes Awards will be handed out Sunday. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would very much like to remind you ahead of time that its members are …


How Carrie Fisher’s role was woven into ‘Rise of Skywalker’

Ever since her death, those creatively involved with the Skywalker Saga – which seemingly concluded with the Dec. 20 opening of “Rise” – have tried to honor Carrie Fisher’s memory …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

‘The Grudge’ star John Cho talks about ‘injecting a face that looks like mine’ into ‘pretty white’ horror genre

John Cho is breathing new life into a deadly story. In the third version of “The Grudge,” the “Harold & Kumar” star is trading in his comedy chops for a …


Why Keri Russell leaped at chance to join J.J. Abrams’ ‘Rise of Skywalker’

Keri Russell’s career was already riding high with her multi-Emmy-nominated turn on “The Americans” when she heard from an old friend. It was J.J. Abrams, who two decades earlier provided …


Stream on Demand: Zellweger brings legendary star home, and probably to awards shows, too

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


Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ shows the importance of girls as authors of their own stories

In Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s blockbuster 1869 novel, she breathes new life into the well-known and well-loved story by unraveling it and knitting it back together to …


Entertaining but ephemeral ‘Spies in Disguise’ takes aim at spy film tropes

There’s a warm message of companionship and teamwork at the center of “Spies in Disguise,” but what makes it subversive is its emphasis on gentler methods of conflict resolution, or …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

In ‘Uncut Gems,’ Adam Sandler is supremely annoying – and that’s why he’s so great

Adam Sandler himself has – not inaccurately – described Howard Ratner as selfish, but the character is also a cockeyed optimist, a dreamer, the quintessential American striver. He’s not a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Locally made movie pays dividend to bankrupt producer

“Fool’s Gold,” the one and only movie made by Spokane’s bankrupt Washington Motion Picture Corp., was finally making some money in East Coast markets, The Spokesman-Review reported.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

‘I just hope to see the force carry on’: Fans flock to Skywalker swan song

“It was hard to sleep,” Shell Dudley, 45, said about the anticipation ahead of seeing “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final movie in the franchise’s third trilogy. It …


On screen, Asian Americans rarely get into Christmas spirit

With the yuletide season in full swing, studios and TV networks have been unwrapping tales that are predominantly white Christmases.


Popes, pilots, singers and Brits ready to come home

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


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Critics see dark and light sides of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

When George Lucas introduced “Star Wars” to the world 42 years ago, no one knew what a cultural force it would become. This weekend, J.J. Abrams is bringing what’s become …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ gives fans what they want, but not what the story needs

In myth, including not just the gods and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome but Westerns and even the superhero comic books and TV serials that inspired the “Star Wars” …


‘Cats’: Musical will be catnip for some moviegoers (you know who you are)

Having just watched “Cats,” the movie version of the hit musical about something called “Jellicle cats,” it is clear that “Jellicle” must be cat speak for “wackadoodle.”


‘Bombshell’ a messy but fascinating depiction of complexities of sexual harassment, fallout in post-#MeToo era

In one of her first declarations in “Bombshell,” former Fox News star Megyn Kelly (portrayed uncannily by Charlize Theron) lays out exactly who she is. “I’m not a feminist,” she …


Olivia Wilde defends ‘Jewell’ reporter over sex-for-tips claims

Actress Olivia Wilde is defending Kathy Scruggs, the journalist she portrays in “Richard Jewell.”


I’m dreaming of … the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

For the 14th consecutive year, the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will celebrate the cinema, songs and career of Tacoma-born and Spokane-reared entertainer Bing Crosby at the Bing Crosby Theater …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Gonzaga professor Matt McCormick’s ‘The Deepest Hole’ to premiere at Sundance

The documentary “The Deepest Hole” tells the story of the United States and Soviet Union’s Cold War race to see which country could reach the Earth’s mantle first.


‘The Kingmaker’ offers compelling look at Imelda Marcos, but it lacks true revelation

“The Kingmaker” chills the soul by presenting shantytown residents and school kids who extol the Marcos regime and even endorse its eight-year period of martial law. Imelda Marcos is not …


‘Richard Jewell’ takes Eastwood’s libertarian ethos to questionable ends

The whole film just makes you wonder what message Eastwood might be trying to impart, with this film, in 2019, that essentially condemns the act of suspecting and investigating a …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Stream on Demand: Tarantino brings ‘Hollywood’ to home viewing

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


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ amps up body swapping with hilarious returns

Once again, this is a one-joke movie, but for the time being, that joke still has some tread on the tires, especially with such charming stars and light innovation.


100 years ago in Spokane: Group suggests ‘educational treats’ as alternative to amoral movies

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union offered an alternative to the Sunday movie matinee. They suggested “educational treats,” meaning musical concerts and “biblical and educational films,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


Henry Cavill: Door ‘hasn’t closed’ on Superman, but first, ‘Witcher’

Henry Cavill is all-in on his Netflix fantasy series “The Witcher,” but he says the “door hasn’t closed” on a return as Superman in the DC cinematic universe.


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 …