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Oscars will omit live song performances

Some of Oscar’s most memorable moments have come during performances of nominated songs. Among them: rap group Three 6 Mafia surrounded by streetwalkers as they performed “It’s Hard Out Here …


Those movies set in Spokane? I’ve got just the ticket for you

I spent the past three days watching three movies filmed in Spokane: “Lies & Illusions,” “Wrong Turn at Tahoe” and “Give ’em Hell, Malone.” Why? So you don’t have to.


‘The Wolfman’ a ho-hum remake

If werewolves are going to take their place at the front of the contemporary pop-culture pack with vampires and zombies, they’re going to need a better vehicle than “The Wolfman,” …


Cast of stars is not enough to love ‘Valentine’s Day’

Garry Marshall emptied his Facebook for “Valentine’s Day,” overstuffing this overlong ode to love with Oscar winners, up-and-comers and top Internet bikini searches. It’s an American “Love Actually” without the …


Travolta’s action hero doesn’t rescue ‘Paris’

In the space of just a few weeks, we have movies starring Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and John Travolta. It’s like the early ’90s all over again. Nostalgia is on …


Bridges raises the bar

There’s something comforting about the way Jeff Bridges’ relaxed drawl floats lazily at the center of the wonderful “Crazy Heart,” the tale of a faded man trying to find color …


‘Zombieland’ brings gore to fore

Available on DVD this week: “Zombieland”: Uncontaminated by a plague that has transformed the population into zombies, four survivors battle the flesh eaters while traveling to a zombie-free amusement park. …


‘Dear John’ fails to deliver

Nicholas Sparks writes “beach novels” for people whose vacations are too short for anything heavy and whose tastes are pretty far from the cutting edge. And the movies made from …


Harrelson saves best work for ‘Messenger’

In “The Messenger,” Woody Harrelson vividly reminds us that he’s not just a drawling punch line, a handy hunk of comic relief or ace zombie killer. As an Army captain …


‘Rome’ won’t earn Bell America’s sweetheart title

You’d think by now Hollywood would have romantic comedies down to a cell-phone ap any studio exec could access. Cute couple? Check.


Mel Gibson returns to form in ‘Darkness’

After torturing Jesus to death and subjecting Mayan tribesman to gruesome human sacrifice, what could possibly be next for Mel Gibson? For the enigmatic filmmaker, who last directed “The Passion …


‘This Is It’ shows Michael Jackson once again

Available on DVD this week: “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”: A behind-the-scenes peek at planning for the late King of Pop’s planned farewell concert tour. (1:51; PG for some suggestive …


‘Revolution’ promises to get 12th SpIFF off to a powerful start

The phrase “world-class” aptly describes the Spokane International Film Festival – but don’t get the idea that this means the world’s paparazzi will descend, Cannes-style. It means this ambitious, 11-day …


SpIFF schedule

Spokane International Film Festival events and film programs: Today


What they lacked in Hollywood looks, Duke researchers made up for in substance

Being only 5 years old, Clay Bowden isn’t aware of the drama surrounding the drug that keeps him alive. But he can watch the movie. “Extraordinary Measures,” the new film …


Banff Mountain Film Festival lineup

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be in North Idaho for four days. The first three nights — Jan. 28, 29 and 30 — will be at the Panida Theater …


Hollywood seems poised for a big 2010

Hollywood may find it tough to match 2009’s record box-office revenue, yet studios have a cast of characters this year to make a run for their money. Among the gang:


Paramount extends trial with Redbox

HOLLYWOOD – Paramount Pictures has put off a decision whether to enter into a five-year deal that’s riled half the Hollywood studios. The Viacom Inc.-owned studio has extended through June …


‘Avatar’ brings James Cameron back in big way

A colossal budget, visionary technology and a down-to-the-wire workload on a film whose fortunes are a real question mark. James Cameron has been here before on little ditties called “Terminator …


‘Inglourious Basterds’ offers the unexpected in Tarantino-style

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Quentin Tarantino simultaneously surprises and reverts to form in this film set in France during World War II, which tells the fictionalized story of a special squad of …


Story of ‘Precious’ touches the heart

The first 20 minutes of “Precious” – the full title of which is “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” – are so intense and pitched so high, you …


Post-apocalyptic world is all about survival in ‘Road’

The end, when it comes, may look a lot like this – gray skies shrouding the ash-covered ruins of civilization. And silence. Not a single child laughing, no dogs barking, …


Disney debuts African-American princess heroine

For most of the last century, the Disney ’toon heroine was as white as, well … Snow White, the studio’s first feature-film superstar, who marked her debut in 1937’s “Snow …


Review: Disney hits all the right notes with ‘Princess’

The last time we heard from the hand-drawn animators at Disney, they offered up the forgettable barnyard tale “Home on the Range.” Thankfully, the spirit of animation maestro Walt Disney …


‘Ninja Assassin’ fails to prop genre

In Japan, where the blades are shiny and sharp and if the fake blood isn’t staining the lens, you’re not trying hard enough, there’ s a rich tradition of sword-and-splatter …


‘Old Dogs’ is no more than mild comedy

Trashing “Old Dogs” is a bit like kicking a puppy. But here goes. The new comedy from some of the folks who brought us “Wild Hogs” is badly written and …


‘Angels & Demons’ needs deciphering

‘Angels & Demons’ Praying for another $750 million absolution at the global box office, the fairly unholy trinity of Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and “The Da Vinci Code” author …


Review: ‘Boondock Saints II’

“Boondock Saints,” the 1999 film that achieved cult status on DVD, was a ridiculously over-the-top action film about a pair of Irish-American twins who set out with guns and some …


Review: ‘Paris’

Were you forced to cancel your trip to Paris this year? Then hurry, please, to “Paris,” Cedric Klapisch’s intoxicating portrait of a city that, despite (or, more likely, because of) …


Bleak Mount St. Helens provides movie backdrop

With a few cosmetic tweaks, Mount St. Helens provided the right devastation to serve as a backdrop for scenes in John Hillcoat’s film “The Road.”