Thursday, February 8, 2018

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 10:18 AM

The 15:17 to Paris
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Seems everyone's excited for Black Panther to hit theaters next week, so until then, we'll have to settle with the newest from Clint Eastwood, a kid's comedy with a CGI bunny and the final (bummer!) Fifty Shades movie. Here's what'll be in theaters this weekend.

Clint Eastwood’s latest bit of rah-rah American patriotism is a fictionalized account of three U.S. soldiers who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015. The twist here: The director has cast the actual men to play themselves and recreate their act of heroism. Rated PG-13.

E.L. James’ trilogy mercifully ends with Anastasia and Christian settling into married life, only to have their idyll disrupted by vengeful exes. Expect the requisite handcuffs and riding crops, and also a car chase or two, because these characters are apparently action stars now. Rated R.

This year’s Academy Award-nominated short films hit theaters this weekend in two separate programs: animated and live-action. (Still no word on whether the documentary shorts will be reach us.) Both are pretty strong and varied collections, showcasing myriad styles, tones and storytelling methods. Not rated.

Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s character gets the anthropomorphic, wise-cracking CGI treatment, voiced by James Corden and perpetually pestering Domhnall Gleeson’s bumbling Mr. McGregor. Sounds a bit unbearable, but, hey — it worked for the Paddington movies. Rated PG.

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California’s Winchester Mystery House seems an ideal setting for a horror film, but it’s wasted in this conventional ghost story, as is Helen Mirren as the mansion’s widowed owner. Standard scares, with Conjuring-style specters that pop out of dark corners accompanied by musical stings on the soundtrack. (ES) Rated PG-13
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Pelosi sets a record, Spokane bar owner apologizes and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 9:23 AM


'This isn't the immigration center'
A local bar owner's racial discrimination of one of his patrons has drawn the ire of many in Spokane. The owner's daughter now says she's taking over, and is considering changing the name of Rick's Ringside Pub, which has been in business for nearly 30 years.

Bare-bones rock
Spokane's Donna Donna, a basic guitar/drums duo, is playing an album release party at the Bartlett this Friday.

Rollin' into Idaho
Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Underground Railroad, is giving a talk at the University of Idaho next week (Feb. 12). The incredible success of his acclaimed work of fiction (the book also won a National Book Award, was a choice for Oprah's book club and earned a spot on President Barack Obama's reading list) still has Whitehead spinning.


'There are some things that simply cannot be allowed'
A Portland woman says she was sexually assaulted by two prominent men — one a former candidate for Multnomah County Commission, Charles McGee, the other, Aubré Dickson, a banking executive and member of the Portland Housing Development Center. McGee cut short an interview before responding to questions about the alleged assault. Dickson ignored interview requests for weeks. (Willamette Week)

Play option
Spokane voters will decide by next week whether to approve two bond requests for more than $100 million each that would go toward building new athletic facilities in the Mead and Central Valley school districts. (Spokesman-Review)

Broken record
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi likely sent a record for longest speech delivered in the House chamber — speaking for eight hours and seven minutes. The House Democratic leader's monologue was a tactic to delay debate on legislation needed to keep the government open. A short-term funding bill will expire Thursday at midnight. (New York Times)
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