Battle Fatigue

Battle Fatigue

Fury finds its creator in familiar hellish men-with-guns territory
Several years ago, my colleague Mike D'Angelo attempted a rather audacious experiment. While covering the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he attended all the films in the festival's competition slate completely blind as to what he was going to see: not the title, not the premise, not the stars, not the director, nothing.

Divine Degeneracy

Bill Murray displays his unangelic charm in St. Vincent
St. Vincent tells a rather familiar cinematic tale: The grumpy old shut-in befriends a plucky young kid, and as unlikely as their pairing seems at first, they both end up teaching each other a little something about life. Only St. Vincent opens with said old man getting it on with a pregnant foreign prostitute.

Just the Feels

The Judge hopes that emotional response overwhelms your logical objections
While watching The Judge, I found myself considering how much the process of thinking critically about a movie is like being a member of a trial jury. An inner voir dire tells you that you're supposed to be considering the matter at hand rationally and objectively.

Storybook Ending

Steve Carell and the semi-decent family movie
This is what people mean when they talk about Disneyfication. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day remains a beloved children's book that's unique due to its utter lack of fluff.

Hard-Earned Lessons

Local doc premiere benefits Dishman Hills Conservancy
It makes sense that the producers of the new, locally produced documentary Wisdom Earned: A Mountain Climber's Perspective would decide to make the Spokane premiere of the film a benefit for a conservation group.

Jump Around

David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl is a whirl of time-hopping, mystery-riddled excellence
How the hell do I write a review of a movie that would require me to insert the word "spoiler" at the beginning of every paragraph?

Magic Touch

The tactile world of The Boxtrolls explodes with imagination
The town of Cheesebridge — the setting for The Boxtrolls — rises from the water's edge like a traffic cone dotted with teetering Victorian buildings.

Action by Numbers

The Equalizer is just another formulaic action movie that even Denzel can't save
Do you remember the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, in which Edward Woodward played a mysterious former intelligence operative who did little private-eye vigilante jobs for people in trouble in New York City?

Driver's Seat

One scene-stealing performance gives This Is Where I Leave You a real jolt
A modest proposal, before diving into the rest of the muddled, sporadically appealing This Is Where I Leave You: Adam Driver should read all the lines, in all the movies.

You Are the Walrus

Did Kevin Smith seriously make his best film yet by venturing into campy horror?
An ambitious podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long), whose shows thoughtlessly center on making fun of "weirdos," walks in to an isolated mansion deep in the woods of Manitoba. Howard Howe (Michael Parks), the wheelchair-bound "adventurer" who lured him there, spins some imaginative tales of survival at sea, drugs him, cuts off his left leg and, when Wallace awakens, addresses him as Mr. Tusk.

Swan Song

Whether you like it or not, as underwhelming as it may be, The Drop is James Gandolfini's last film
J ames Gandolfini's wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice of low-end Crooklyn crime life, but just barely. Love it or leave it, this is Tony Soprano's swan song and, fittingly, Gandolfini's role as Cousin Marv, a beaten-down dive bar owner who owes his neighborhood Chechen mafia a lot more than a fistful of dollars, is memorable in its weary grace notes.

First Class

A Five Star Life contemplates the value of luxury
Irene (Margherita Buy) would seem to have the dream job as a secret inspector of five-star hotels.

Fall Flicks

A look at the most anticipated movies for the rest of 2014
Scott Renshaw

Die Laughing

Why Die Hard and other dated action films provide more laughs than gasps as the years pass
The Inlander's Suds and Cinema series has thus relied wholly on comedies, mostly because we figured people would want to laugh while they drank their locally made beer.

Under the Mask

Frank is more insightful than funny, and that's OK
Frank wears a massive mask at all times and has somehow managed to get four other people to make intentionally crappy music with him.

I Ain't Afraid o' No-Stalgia

The re-release of Ghostbusters takes a critic back to a formative movie summer
You're forgiven in advance if you roll your eyes at the blatant pandering to nostalgia that is to follow.


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