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Holiday terrain: Brrrzaar is back with local goods at River Park Square

Dread shopping at the mall? Prefer buying local and handmade? Now you can head downtown and still keep your chin up. River Park Square will be ground zero for shopping …

‘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.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. shows off his songwriting skills

“Mr.,” with songwriting help from Rafael Casal, is a complex and fascinating collection of jazz, R&B and pop featuring a vocalist able to purr one moment and soar the next.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Stream on Demand: Family drama, revenge and humor fill top picks

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

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

‘Honey Boy’: Shia LaBeouf’s script about his Hollywood childhood is a small triumph

In this intense, unsettling and modestly triumphant portrait of the artist as a young man, LaBeouf shows us not only how he grew up, but also what it cost him …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Free speech doc ‘No Safe Spaces’ clearly sides with one set of voices

What might have been a pertinent, evenhanded examination of the notion of free speech on today’s college campuses wastes little time in exposing an overwhelmingly right-leaning bias in the disappointingly …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

‘Waves’ is an epic family drama bursting with life in all its contradictions

Director Trey Edward Shults has found a vernacular – in his characters, setting and style – to tell a classic story that feels of the moment but also like a …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

By avoiding typical showboating, ‘Dark Waters’ doesn’t sink

“Dark Waters” is an effective outrage machine: If you like “Erin Brockovich,” you’ll probably like this, too, although Mark Ruffalo’s schlubby crusader, despite the clunker he drives and his degree …

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson split up in funny-sad, happy-harrowing divorce dramedy ‘Marriage Story’

At its most excruciating, “Marriage Story” documents how love becomes distorted and disfigured; those cute little foibles that once made Charlie and Nicole adorable to each other are swiftly magnified, …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Stream on Demand: Scorsese bypasses traditional studios for ‘The Irishman’

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

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Melina Matsoukas takes visionary approach to modern-day ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ with ‘Queen & Slim’

“Queen & Slim” is a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde” tale rooted in the urgent sociopolitical issues of the day: police brutality, systemic racism and a palpable sense of anger at …

For Roy Wood Jr., it’s all relative

Don’t expect a heavy dose of politics when Roy Wood Jr. comes to Spokane Comedy Club this weekend. The comedian, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” says his …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Updated ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ keeps the rock in rock opera

This latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 rock musical, based on the Olivier Award-winning revival staged in London in 2016, brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” into the …

‘Knives Out’: Sleuth plays ripping game of Clue; family of vipers wonders whodunit

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s fizzy Agatha Christie riff “Knives Out” succeeds as a throwback with more than mere nostalgia on its mind. Against our current wash of grim Scandinavian serial-killer binge-watches, …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

‘Frozen 2’ offers new adventure and power ballads with Elsa, Anna and Kristoff

The sequel pulls Elsa the Snow Queen and her less magical but nonetheless charismatic younger sister, Anna, into a murky web of Shakespearean political intrigue with a large dose of …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ dismantles myths filmmaker helped create in movies like ‘Goodfellas’

“The Irishman” is so full of Martin Scorsese’s most-beloved rep players and repeated tropes that it’s difficult not to compare it to such predecessors as “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” and …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

In ‘21 Bridges,’ police manhunt plays out within predictable parameters

“21 Bridges” gets the job done. So does Chadwick Boseman, who is satisfying to watch even when he has little to do except the right thing. Dre isn’t tarnished or …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ beautifully showcases quiet magic of radical empathy

Director Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks work in tandem to allow the notions of kindness and presence to just exist, unadorned by fervor and dramatics. And that is what makes …

Stream on Demand: Disney brings multiple universes to new streaming venture

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

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: 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 …