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Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ takes muscle car madness on a thrill ride

It’s the story of a couple of guys who love cars and live to make them go fast: Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his pal, Ken Miles (Christian Bale). In …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Review: Blandness runs the game in ‘The Good Liar’ until its satisfying twist

The twisty little tete-a-tete is a fine vehicle for the two charming British actors – Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen – but it’s potentially the politest, gentlest movie about a …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Review: Kristen Stewart gives divinely comedic performance in woke ‘Charlie’s Angels’

“Charlie’s Angels” isn’t rocket science, but thanks to a charm offensive of stars, it’s an easy breezy blast of an action flick that delivers as many laughs as it does …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

‘The Janitor’ is a labor of fright for local aspiring filmmakers

Aspiring producers Shane Tyler, who lives in Athol, and Austin Meyers, who resides in Spokane Valley, released their short film, “The Janitor,” in August on YouTube, a movie the two …

CGI James Dean director never intended casting ‘to be a marketing gimmick’

A director behind the film that cast a CGI version of James Dean says he’s surprised by the backlash it sparked. “Finding Jack” filmmaker Anton Ernst said that he was …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Review: Smokejumper farce ‘Playing With Fire’ is only half-baked – and wholly unfunny

The creators of “Playing With Fire,” a clodhopping comedy about California smokejumpers, built in little pauses after many of the film’s sight gags and verbal jokes, presumably to accommodate audience …

A comedy about Nazis that’s actually funny? Yes, but ‘Jojo Rabbit’ also is deadly serious

A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, “Jojo Rabbit” is an audacious high-wire act: a satire in which a buffoonish Adolf Hitler delivers some of …

Review: Mushrooms are new superheroes in documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi’

Director Louie Schwartzberg, with the aid of gorgeous time-lapse photography and mycophilic talking heads including Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone and Andrew Weil, covers a lot of ground – pun intended …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Stream on Demand: HBO hits the books again for new fantasy series

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

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ can’t escape ‘The Shining’

What is the hold that “The Shining” has over us culturally? It’s the popularity of Stephen King, indeed, but it also is, specifically, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. The surreal and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Review: ‘Last Christmas’ worth giving over your heart

In the past couple of years, it seems we all decided to admit that those made-for-TV holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch. Since then, they’ve …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Review: Nostalgic ‘Midway’ gives its heroes short shrift through information overload

In its combat scenes, “Midway” is a triumph. Though heavily enhanced by CGI, the action is rendered in crisp clarity and breathtaking immediacy, a direct view of the action from …

Stream on Demand: High-profile stars help Apple launch streaming service

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

Review: ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ a fascinating exploration of man who wrote Trump’s playbook

Former Vanity Fair editor-at-large and documentarian Matt Tyrnauer pulls back the curtain on Donald Trump’s notorious mentor Roy Cohn in the rollicking, salacious documentary “Where’s My Roy Cohn?,” a fast …

No sweet little old lady, hero of ‘Harriet’ a woman of action, moral courage

A movie starring Cynthia Erivo – and co-starring Leslie Odom, Jr. and Janelle Monae – cries out to be a musical. But “Harriet,” in which Erivo plays American icon Harriet …

Review: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ a sturdy, wordy whodunit

In the age of blockbuster superhero entertainment vs. micro-budget indie films, Norton has delivered a movie of another era: a sturdy, wordy politically minded and wholly engaging whodunit.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Sixth ‘Terminator’ film succeeds by ignoring past three in beloved series

True to its title, there’s a subtext of fatalism to “Dark Fate” that lends the film, however much of it may repeat the first two, a new tone – one …

Stoners and scary movies come together for Halloween viewing

Whether you’re consuming or just watching characters that do, there are plenty of cannabis-fueled movies that may lead to screams of laughter or terror.

Stream on Demand: Disney gives new vision to ‘Lion King’

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

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

A descent into madness – and flatulence – in haunting film ‘The Lighthouse’

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play mismatched lighthouse keepers in a film that essentially functions as a two-man show. Dafoe’s Thomas Wake is the sea dog tasked with overseeing the …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

The Boss co-directs his first movie: A concert documentary with some extras

“Western Stars,” a new documentary co-directed by and starring Bruce Springsteen, swaggers across the landscape like a cinematic epic, but it’s basically a concert flick with some extras. And those …

Review: Eddie Murphy is back, baby, in lowdown, fizzily high-spirited ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

In this raunchy, ribald, expansive and forgiving ode to moviemaking and self-creation, Eddie Murphy plays the titular comedian with the kind of all-out commitment and panache that made him not …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Review: ‘Black and Blue’ a lean, mean corrupt cop thriller

It seems like director Deon Taylor might be the only filmmaker actively keeping the mid-budget adult thriller alive in this age of extinction.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Review: Dazzling filmmaking in ‘Current War: Director’s Cut’ not enough to hide story’s Wikipedia-esque feel

The film, which is about the arms race between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) to establish what kind of electric current would …

One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival puts spotlight on Native art and creators

The festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater and the Unfinished Space.

Review: Soderbergh takes Panama Papers to ‘The Laundromat’

Soderbergh’s “Laundromat” seeks to make sense of a story that is breathtakingly complex, with enough players and layers and locations and implications to make one’s head spin. Working with the …

Review: Ignoring 10-year gap, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings outdated schtick back from dead

“Zombieland” may have helped to give birth to the zomb-aissance, but “Double Tap” just might be the kill shot.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ undermines important themes with goofy camp

What worked about the first “Maleficent” was Jolie herself, trying on something softer, even funny, her face, enhanced with prosthetics, half of the visual spectacle. But “Mistress of Evil” crowds …

Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78

Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” died Friday. He was 78.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Review: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt

Most everyone who mattered in AMC’s unsurpassed drama “Breaking Bad” had been killed off by the 2013 finale – a closing episode that still stands as one of TV’s best. …