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‘Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1’ playing at Magic Lantern

When last we saw redoubtable French gangster Jacques Mesrine, he was just starting to bask in the pleasures of being a celebrity criminal. Now, in “Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1,” …


‘Cool It’ leaves big questions of credibility

There’s plenty of room for debate within the broad scientific discussion of global climate change. The question raised by the new documentary “Cool It” is whether censured Danish economist Bjorn …


Slow pace makes ‘Three Days’ feel 24 hours too long

In “The Next Three Days,” his third outing as director, Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “In the Valley of Elah”) sets aside the socio-political commentary and hunkers down to craft a pressure …


‘Fair Game’ fades in final act

For its first 80 minutes, the fact-based drama “Fair Game,” directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), crackles with urgency and intelligence. We meet CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), …


‘Deathly Hallows’ dark, dazzling

Fear and loathing, doom and gloom permeate nearly every minute of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” the beginning of the end of the behemoth boy-wizard series. This …


‘Unstoppable’ a runaway nail-biter

Finally, we’ve found the ideal use for Tony Scott’s hyperkinetic, headache-inducing filmmaking style: a movie about a runaway train, barreling through small Pennsylvania towns filled with hardworking, unsuspecting people, at …


‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’ at Magic Lantern

“Mesrine: Killer Instinct” begins at the end, with a forest of guns and a close-range shooting, and then, barely giving us time to gasp, takes us back where it all …


DVD releases: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ fun film

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”: Edgar Wright’s eye-popping, ear-hopping adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels is a ridiculously entertaining romp. Michael Cera stars as the Toronto youth who must …


‘Conviction’ role fits Swank

Hilary Swank is at her best in working-class, little-people roles, and she’s found another one with “Conviction.” It’s the real-life story of Betty Anne Waters, who put herself through law …


Plot barely anchors ‘Morning Glory’

Imagine the idealists of 1987’s “Broadcast News” in the New Media Age. They’ve given up “important” in pursuit of numbers. They avoid the term “journalism” and embrace the fluff. That’s …


DVD releases: Buzz, Woody seek way home in sequel

“Toy Story 3”: Pixar’s second sequel finds Buzz, Woody and gang shipped off to a day care center, and the toys have to figure out how to get back home. …


‘Megamind’ pulls off cute comedy

There are rules to this super-hero/super-villain game, and they’re laid out by the title character in the chatty new animated adventure comedy “Megamind”: “Good receives all the praise and adulation. …


‘Tillman’ sets story straight

Patrick Daniel Tillman was a star high-school football player who attended Arizona State University on a scholarship and graduated with a 3.8 grade-point average with a degree in marketing. At …


GLBT Film Festival begins today

Spokane’s 12th annual GLBT Film Festival runs today through Sunday at the Riverpoint EWU Auditorium, Phase I Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Seventeen films about various aspects of the …


Hollywood sticking to familiar themes this holiday season

Hollywood is getting serious about series this holiday season. One of film’s biggest franchises is nearing an end. Others are returning after long absences. Still more releases are taking baby …


R rating shocks ‘King’s Speech’ filmmaker

“The King’s Speech,” a British film being touted as a leading contender for the best picture Oscar, is a delightful, heartwarming account of how a cheeky Australian speech therapist helped …


‘Nowhere Boy,’ about Lennon, playing at Magic Lantern

We’re so used to thinking of the Beatles and John Lennon as finished products – the band broken up 40 years ago, Lennon shot dead 10 years later. How refreshing, …


DVD releases: Friends reunite in ‘Sex’ sequel

“Sex and the City 2”: This big-screen sequel reunites the four chums who strive to get each other off a runaway train and back on track. It’s not a train …


‘Hobbit’ will be shot in New Zealand

“The Hobbit” will remain in New Zealand, ending a short but intense drama over where the expensive two-picture production would be filmed. After two days of talks with Hollywood executives, …


Two ‘Avatar’ sequels planned

James Cameron will start writing the scripts for two “Avatar” sequels early next year, aiming to land the first one in theaters four years from now. Executives at 20th Century …


Lead actors compelling in melodramatic ‘Stone’

Robert De Niro vs. Edward Norton should have been a thrilling clash of the titans: two actors who are famous for their transformational methods, intense performances and decades of challenging …


Next Batman film has a name; villain doesn’t

The next Batman sequel has a name: “The Dark Knight Rises.” Distributor Warner Bros. confirmed the title for director Christopher Nolan’s third adventure about the DC Comics vigilante hero, which …


Argentine thriller delves deeply into obsession, love

Romantic obsession at its two extremes is explored with sympathy and intelligence in the thriller “The Secret in Their Eyes,” the Oscar-winning foreign-language film from Argentina. There’s the obsession that …


Bell wonders if he’ll ever get shot at different type of roles

‘I am so ready to play a gay nightclub owner, a man who dances and has this great joie de vivre.” Tobin Bell is pitching the idea that casting him …


Classic fright films showing at the Bing

Scary Halloween movies are nothing new, and some of the best of them were made decades ago, said Bill Stimson, president of the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater, a …


Opening scene in ‘Avatar’ altered for DVD, Blu-ray

James Cameron is giving “Avatar” a fresh start. Cameron unveiled a new opening scene Tuesday for an extended cut of his sci-fi blockbuster, due Nov. 16 on DVD and Blu-ray …


DVD releases: ‘Predators’ prey on elite warriors

“Predators”: A group of elite warriors is brought together on a distant planet to serve as prey for a new breed of alien predators. Adrien Brody stars. (1:47; R for …


Movie review: ‘Catfish’ blurs line between truth, fiction

Can you trust that anything you see in the new “documentary” “Catfish” is the truth? The movie, which caused a considerable stir at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows a …


Movie review: ‘Waiting for Superman’ looks at public schools

Davis Guggenheim puts a human face on an unwieldy, seemingly unsolvable problem – the wretched state of America’s public schools – in his latest documentary, “Waiting for Superman.” The director …


Movie review: Woody Allen’s latest has been seen before

The problem with cranking out a movie a year, every year, the way writer-director Woody Allen does, is that sometimes you end up with wan, uninvolving pictures such as “You …