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Director gives comic fans ultra-faithful adaptation of ‘Watchmen’

BURNABY, British Colombia – On a wintry day here last year, director Zack Snyder hunkered down in a prison cell, peered between the bars and watched inmates riot. The smoke …


Everyone’s a critic on ‘The Rotten Tomatoes Show’

Sign of the times in the ’70s: two ink-stained newspaper movie critics – Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert – begin hosting a movie-review program on broadcast TV that consists of …


Thomas raises bar in ‘Loved You’

‘Australia’ ••1/2


‘At the Movies’ dishes it out, takes it

“At the Movies” critics Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons have dished it out and taken it since joining the show last fall. That’s especially true for Lyons, who’s gotten heat …


Film events

“Milk” - The story of California’s first openly-gay elected official, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated by a colleague. Rated R. Today, 7:30 p.m., Panida …


Area anglers catching show, films, national notoriety

If screaming reels are music to your ears, you might be moved to dance when The Fly-Fishing Film Tour lands in Spokane Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Don’t expect …


Film studios embracing video games

Hollywood loves salable series, and as vital as “Harry Potter,” “Shrek” and “Transformers” might be to the bottom line, the studios are increasingly embracing an even more established and often …


’Tweens will swoon for Jonas Bros in 3D

Someday, we may actually get a clue as to what makes the Jonas Brothers tick. We may get a glimpse into the pop stars’ distinct personalities – because certainly they …


‘Sex’ has some laughs, happy ending

‘Summer Heights High’ •••


Who wants to win an Oscar?

All too often years are marked by their top movies. Think of 1997. James Cameron made it all about “Titanic.” In 1986, Oliver Stone took us back to Vietnam for …


‘Fired Up’ hot with juvenile fantasy

I didn’t half-mind “Fired Up,” but half a mind is more than it deserves. It’s “Wedding Crashers” with high school seniors and bras and panties, as opposed to Vince Vaughn …


Scott’s ‘Body of Lies’ a modern, well-acted spy account

‘Religulous’ •••


‘Friday the 13th’ all slash, no scare

Let’s celebrate “Friday the 13th” with a little red meat, shall we? And hard numbers. There are 13 grisly deaths in this latest sequel: machete decapitations, an arrow through the …


‘Loved You So Long’ one to be savored

“I’ve Loved You So Long” is the kind of film America’s moviemakers have all but given up on. An example of the French tradition of high-quality adult melodrama, conventional in …


Pixar’s ‘Up’ may be another hit

With such smash hits as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” behind them, the master storytellers at Pixar Animation figured they had nowhere to go but “Up.” That’s the simple, two-letter …


‘Blindness’ strength in visuals

‘Frozen River’


‘Shopaholic’ strays from source material

The character of Rebecca Bloomwood, as written by author Sophie Kinsella in her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, has plenty of foibles. Sure, she can’t pass up a sale. That …


Nine films, nine shorts remain to be seen at SpIFF

Spokane’s infatuation with all things international continues on the big screen this weekend as the 2009 Spokane International Film Festival concludes its 11-day run. Beginning with a showing of the …


King of cool? Clive Owen would rather be McQueen

Clive Owen was born with the whole “tall, dark and handsome” thing. But “the strong, silent type” that got him tagged “the new Steve McQueen” as his film career took …


‘Slumdog’ named best picture in Britain

LONDON – Rags-to-riches story “Slumdog Millionaire” continued its fairy-tale journey Sunday, winning seven prizes including best picture at the British Academy Film Awards and sealing its place as favorite for …


Spokane film festival expands horizons

Pete Porter is high on this year’s version of the Spokane International Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday night at AMC’s River Park Square Theatres. “I think this lineup is, …


‘Coraline’ embarks on magical adventure

A labor of love in every frame, “Coraline” pushes the envelope of animated moviemaking while tugging at the heart. Adapted from the children’s novel by acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman, …


‘Bees’ offers fresh look at familiar story

‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’


Large cast, but little substance

“He’s Just Not That Into You” isn’t exactly a romantic comedy. Yes, the characters work themselves into the same sorts of tizzies over falling in and out of love – …


‘Push’

A group of young Americans with unique abilities (telekinetic and/or clairvoyant) is targeted by an ultrasecret U.S. agency. Running time/rating: 1:51; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, …


‘Pink Panther 2’

Steve Martin continues his attempts to revive the late, great Peter Sellers’ creation – the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau – with Clouseau this time fumbling his quest to corral …


‘Coraline’

Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, this animated film tells the story of a young girl (voice by Dakota Fanning) who discovers a secret door in her home that takes her …


Frigid Minnesota puts Zellweger to the test in latest film

Renee Zellweger is the first to tell you that she’s been “spoiled” at the “unbelievable way” her life and acting career have worked out. An Oscar, epic paychecks, a dazzling …


‘Taken’ casts Liam Neeson well

Three self-evident truths emerge from “Taken,” the lean and brutal thriller about why one should never kidnap a retired secret agent’s daughter. First, Liam Neeson could have had a helluva …


One more vote for ‘Slumdog’

New York gossip columnist Cindy Adams thinks she has the inside dope on the upcoming Oscars broadcast, set for Feb. 22. According to Adams, “the money’s on”: