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UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

‘The Hustle’ review: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson swindle the audience, unfortunately

Con artists working the Riviera: Is there a comic premise more old-fashioned yet strangely hardy than that old thing? Well, this version is a dud.


Stream on Demand: Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary available for On Demand viewing

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


Review: Tolkien movie is about fellowship, but that’s not quite as fun as lords and rings

By virtue of its marketing campaign (and, um, its name), the film “Tolkien” suggests that it is a portrait of the formative years of J.R.R. Tolkien, the English author of …


‘Hail Satan?’ review: Taking on the Christian nation, the devil’s way

A demonic charmer of a documentary, director Penny Lane’s “Hail Satan?” goes a long way toward explaining why the relatively young and impressively large entity known as the Satanic Temple …


Review: ‘Detective Pikachu’ uncovers intoxicating world, but can’t catch all the story beats

“Detective Pikachu” may not be for everyone – but it’s surprising how much it could be. Boasting “Blade Runner”-style neo-noir visuals and a wise-cracking Ryan Reynolds, would it shock you …


Spokane’s Kate Vita finds the realness in every portrait she paints

The artist will exhibit 60 portraits at Kolva-Sullivan in May in a show called “Naked.”


Review: America’s favorite sex therapist will charm the socks off you in ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’

Anybody can ask Alexa, “Am I going to get a boyfriend?” But when Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous sex therapist, puts the question to Amazon’s virtual assistant, in her thick …


Review: ‘The Intruder’ shlocky yet satisfying social horror

The real secret weapon of “The Intruder” is the intruder himself, played by Dennis Quaid in a completely unhinged performance of true lunacy.


Review: Aretha Franklin concert documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ is nothing short of a miracle

Draped in regal gowns, Aretha Franklin stands at the pulpit or sits at the piano, often closing her eyes to sing such standards as “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “What a …


Stream On Demand: Documentary ‘Knock Down the House’ arrives on Netflix, ‘Suspiria’ comes to Amazon

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


Review: In plush-filled ‘UglyDolls,’ the story is only skin-deep

For a film about colorful weird dolls, one hopes for something wackier, funnier, edgier. But “UglyDolls” is so soft – literally, the felted textures are startlingly realistic – and tame …


Movie review: Refreshing ‘Long Shot’ makes Rogen, Theron a winning pair

This on-screen relationship is #goals, not because of grand gestures (though there are those) or steamy sex scenes (those are more funny than anything else), but because it’s clear the …


‘High Life’ review: Robert Pattinson is a death row inmate sent into space on a suicide mission

The films of Claire Denis rarely stray from the longing of strangers in a strange land, to borrow a 1961 sci-fi book title, whether she’s dealing with French colonialists in …


Review: ‘Little Woods’ big on compelling plot, characters

Writer-director Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods” is the story of women trying to keep themselves and their families afloat in a world where the good and reliable men have been culled …


Review: ‘The Avengers: Endgame’ is well played

If many of us have grown up with the MCU, the films themselves have also grown more complex, like a fine wine.


Elisabeth Moss is great as a washed-up punk rocker in ‘Her Smell,’ but the movie is just mediocre

Starring Elisabeth Moss as a riot-grrrl rock-diva who, when we first meet her, seems to be well on her way to drinking and drama-queening herself to death, the movie “Her …


Review: ‘Diane’ is rooted in realism right down to its sturdy, stoic heroine

Based in large part on the women who surrounded director Kent Jones during his childhood in western Massachusetts, “Diane” centers on a widow and mother who is in near-constant motion …


Stream On Demand: Donald Glover visits Prime with ‘Guava Island’

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


Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ schlocky add to Conjuring Universe

The “Conjuring” spinoffs are like Xerox copies – each new iteration comes out to diminished returns. The structure, ideas and style are there, but there isn’t the same heft of …


Review: ‘Breakthrough’ doesn’t break the mold, but it’s a daring depiction of a flawed, faithful woman

What distinguishes the film is the daring depiction of a complex, flawed, fierce and faithful woman. It’s refreshing to see a mother in this situation depicted in all her humanity. …


‘Penguins’ review: From Disneynature, lessons in parenthood and Antarctic survival

This latest example of Disneynature’s Earth Day-themed appreciations is actually quite good for its type. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson capture some achingly beautiful sunsets, and Adelie penguins never …


Review: ‘Missing Link’ doesn’t always put its best (big)foot forward

The wrinkle here is Bigfoot is a gentle giant (shades of “Harry and the Hendersons”). He’s literate and articulate (the nonthreatening voice of Zach Galifianakis), afraid of humans, and above …


Review: ‘Hellboy’ is a truly crazy monster mash, and it’s … a lot

You don’t so much as watch this movie as submit to being pummeled by it. Fans should be pleased at the depth and breadth of the lore in the film. …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019

HBO has elaborate, sneaky ways of keeping ‘Game of Thrones’ secrets

HBO’s ironclad battle against spoilers has often bordered on the absurd, but it’s difficult to deny that the show has been about as leakproof as the Mueller investigation.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Review: ‘Little’ is big fun

Ever heard of “Black Girl Magic”? That’s Marsai Martin in a nutshell. The 14-year-old “black-ish” star pitched and produced “Little,” in which she stars. And quite the team of powerful …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Stream On Demand: From ‘Destroyer’ to ‘GoT,’ lots of ‘Special’ options to watch

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


Review: ‘Ash is Purest White’ brings the story of one underworld couple, and a country’s progress, to vivid life

This is one of director Jia Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Singer Brett Young bats away sophomore slump with hard work

Country artist Brett Young didn’t try to ignore the prospect of facing a sophomore slump. In fact, well before his 2017 self-titled debut had ended its run, having given him …


Stream On Demand: ‘Beale Street,’ ‘Highwaymen’ delivered to home viewers

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


Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is decidedly – and deliciously – dark

“Dumbo” is by no means a downer. As cartoonish as they are, the film’s Burtonesque touches lend the magic and the fantasy of the story a quality of paradoxical verisimilitude. …