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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Review: Stunning ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will make your heart soar

Through all of the raids and kidnappings and hoopla, “The Hidden World” brings it home with a enormously moving message about learning to stand – and fly – on your …

‘Fighting with My Family’ review: Mum, Dad, the WWE and me

The whole film is an entertaining gloss on the truth. These people are neither angels or thugs, though two of the main characters have known prison time, and a third …

Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ keeps the ‘Groundhog Day’ premise and goes back to the future

This time, “Death Day” has ambitions, posing questions that other slasher films wouldn’t touch. Is the self-absorbed Tree caught in a cycle of repetition so that she can become a …

Review: Weak script brings down ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

No one can say the film is not a big swing – it truly goes for it, and does so with jaw-dropping vim and vigor. But does it connect? Somewhat. …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Review: Rom-com parody finds love in all the right places

If 2018 was the year that resurrected the romantic comedy, it was only a matter of time before the beloved genre was parodied by those who know it best.

Review: Even Nicole Kidman can’t save ‘Destroyer’ from itself

As an exercise in actorly transformation, joyless determination and uncompromising tone, this procedural whodunit set in the city’s seediest precincts and arid, desolate outer reaches can’t help but inspire admiration. …

Review: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ could be definitive piece of cinema for the Trump era

It’s pretty astonishing to consider what “The Lego Movie 2” accomplishes. As expected, it’s a hilarious sendup of and tribute to all of the properties in the Warner Bros. stable, …

Review: Gender-flipped ‘What Men Want’ fails with its premise

There’s something so wonderfully ironic about a black woman taking over the sequel to a Mel Gibson vehicle. The effervescent Taraji P. Henson stars in the gender-flipped reboot of “What …

Review: ‘Cold War’ is a near-perfect movie

“Cold War” becomes a parable in the stories we tell to ourselves and one another, their meaning, import and sometimes arbitrary values echoed in Wiktor and Zula’s turbulent psychodrama, which …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Review: ‘Cold Pursuit’ deftly follows dad’s revenge desires

It’s not often that directors get a second crack at their own work. But Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland has undertaken the task of remaking his own 2014 revenge thriller, …

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: 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: ‘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: ‘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 …