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The critics need to KISS off: One editor’s impassioned defense of his all-time favorite rock band

When KISS played the old Spokane Coliseum in 1977, a Spokesman-Review critic was not impressed. Current editor Rob Curley goes to bat in defense of his rock icons.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Review: ‘Miss Bala’ remake misses the point

Mexico’s 2011 Oscar entry, “Miss Bala,” was a searing slice of social commentary about the raging narco wars wrapped up in a sexy, action-packed thriller. With the combo of gun …

Review: ‘Serenity’ is odd, appealing and soured by heavy-handedness

The off-kilter, colorful, cartoonish fantasy of “Serenity” is just so odd and appealing that you want to spend time with the characters, aboard this ship, among the people of Plymouth, …

Review: Japanese drama ‘Shoplifters’ is about a family of liars, cheats and thieves; they’re also its heroes

The deeply flawed heroes of “Shoplifters” may not always be right. But they’re not wrong, either, if only because they’re willing to make their own contract with one another, after …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Stream On Demand: ‘Tag’ comes to HBO while ‘First Man’ rockets into homes

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

Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ triumphs in bringing King Arthur to a modern age

With earnestness and a deep affection for the morals contained within the legend, director Joe Cornish crafts a King Arthur movie that draws in a younger crowd, reinterprets the tale …

Stream On Demand: ‘Eighth Grade’ graduates to Prime

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

Review: ‘Glass’ is transparently hollow

There’s a dank, dark air that weighs down “Glass,” and it’s only the moments featuring McAvoy where it achieves liftoff. His is a tremendous physical performance, exhausting to watch (imagine …

Review: The movie ‘Roma’ isn’t as good as you’ve heard – it’s even better

With “Roma,” one of our finest filmmakers has delved into an experience uniquely his own to create something that feels simultaneously sui generis and universal, deeply private and instantly recognizable. …

Review: ‘Ben Is Back’ exquisitely devastating family story for the opiate era

Julia Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet, and her face is her most expressive tool – her wide grin at the sight of her son, …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

Review: After ‘Moonlight,’ Barry Jenkins finds radiance in ‘Beale Street’

For all the suffering and injustice brought to bear in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins has made an absolutely gorgeous movie, from his vibrant color palette of saturated …

Review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ is broad but refreshing look at the origins of the Notorious RBG

It’s refreshing to see a biopic where the wife is the main agent of toil, change and struggle, where the husband is supportive, loving, confident – and cooks dinner, too.

Stream On Demand: ‘Solo’ lands on Netflix

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

Review: It’s a struggle to find the bright side to ‘The Upside’

Kevin Hart’s transition from brattily charming comic persona to serious dramatic cinematic presence isn’t going quite as planned.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018

Review: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in ‘Holmes & Watson’ a looney-tuned misfire

Too many of the movie’s gags land with a thud. An extended dig at President Trump comes off as smug. An Alan Menken-penned musical number is more clunky than magical. …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Stream On Demand: Netflix, BBC partner for ‘Watership Down’ adaptation

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

Review: ‘Vice’ is wild, epic mission to excavate Cheney’s soul

“Vice” is not a “both sides” kind of biopic. It firmly expresses its point of view that Cheney harmed our country forever with his Machiavellian machinations.

Review: In ‘Second Act,’ J. Lo scams her way to the top, ‘Working Girl’ style

Here’s the quickie review: Good cast, nearly hopeless script. “Second Act” hinges on a significant reveal around the midpoint, and it’s a lulu in the worst way – preposterously coincidental, …

Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen,’ step into a world where figurines help heal

Hogancamp was a talented illustrator before the attack rendered him unable to draw. In retreating to a world of his imagination as a way to exorcise the demons that tormented …

Review: ‘Aquaman’ makes a wildly entertaining, campy splash

This movie is for kids and for those who want to feel like kids at the movies, and this visual extravaganza delivers just that. So come on in, the water’s …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Stream on Demand: The Boss brings Broadway show to Netflix

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

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Review: Uneven ‘Bumblebee’ gives cuddly alien robot a chance to shine

Downsizing was the only answer for the “Transformers” franchise after 2017’s epic, sprawling “Transformers: The Last Knight.” After five bombastic installments from true gearhead Michael Bay, going bigger simply wasn’t …

Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ seems made for a post-Hillary world

Often, a period piece tells us more about the era in which the film was made than the historical period in question. That is the case with Josie Rourke’s “Mary …

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ returns, but sequel isn’t practically perfect

There’s no one right way to reboot a beloved property. “Mary Poppins Returns” takes the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach when it comes to creating a sequel to the …

Review: There’s a lot going on in ‘Vox Lux.’ But what is it trying to say?

“Vox Lux” is frustrating as it remains obtuse – and one has to wonder if that opacity is covering up that there’s nothing much at all going on here.

Review: Willem Dafoe is an impassioned van Gogh in this fascinating yet frustrating ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

Despite being 25 years older than van Gogh was when he died, Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy …

Review: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ injects new life, joy into franchise

“Spider-Man” is the superhero franchise that may suffer the most from reboot fatigue. In the past 16 years, there have been six Spider-Man movies starring three different actors as Peter …

Review: Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz fight to be ‘The Favourite’ in a juicy royal comedy

“The Favourite” is all about brutality with a veneer of civility. The subtext is that there was a limited amount of power to go around 300 years ago in England …

Stream on Demand: Clever but little seen ‘Killing Eve’ now on Hulu

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

Review: ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ never fully takes hold

One has to wonder just why exorcism films proliferate in the way they do. It’s the landmark success of “The Exorcist,” yes, but there’s something else that tickles our collective …