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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FILM: Star Wars and? What's opening in movie theaters this week

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Unless you've been living under a Death Star-sized rock, there's a new Star Wars movie out this weekend, and experts are estimating it'll make all the dollars.

But if all the screenings in your area are sold out, there are a couple other releases hitting big screens — one a heartwarming animated fable, the other a Woody Allen film about a dude drooling over a much younger woman. Wow, great timing.

FERDINAND (3½ stars)
An animated adaptation of the 1936 children’s book about a misunderstood bull (voiced by John Cena) who would rather frolic in fields of flowers than fight in an arena. MaryAnn Johnason calls it a smart, funny family film that espouses a refreshing message about gender stereotypes. Rated PG.

Hey, did you hear? There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out! Director Rian Johnson (Looper) joins the franchise for its eighth episode, which continues young Jedi Rey’s quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding the exile of Luke Skywalker. We’ll have a review of the year’s most anticipated blockbuster next week; in the meantime, do your best to avoid spoilers. Rated PG-13.

Woody Allen continues to recycle pet themes — and, we can assume, air his questionable personal hang ups — in this 1950s-set drama about a love triangle that develops between an aspiring writer, a married woman and her stepdaughter. A bit on the nose, don’t you think? Rated PG-13.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this week

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 1:43 PM

The Square
  • The Square

This week's most buzzed-about wide release is something of a conundrum: a comedy about one of the worst films ever that's now receiving serious Oscar consideration. Ha ha, what a story! Also in the mix — the big winner at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, and a genre-twisting sci-fi film from Norway.

The funniest movie of the year is a behind-the-scenes look at the worst movie of all time. James Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau, the wannabe auteur behind the misguided 2003 curiosity The Room, which became a so-bad-it’s-good cult favorite. Seth Sommerfeld gives this is highest rating, calling it both a hilarious tribute to the original film and a compelling meditation on artistic success. Rated R.

Tommy Lee Jones is a retired F.B.I. agent and Morgan Freeman is a former mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program who team up to stop a contract killing. Because it’s from Tin Cup director Ron Shelton, the whole thing centers on a golf game for some reason. Rated PG-13.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this week

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Awards season is really heating up: The National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle have named their choices for the best of the year, and the Gotham Awards were handed out over the weekend. But it's another slow movie week, with no new wide releases to speak of.

What we are getting: A couple of acclaimed arthouse films, and a classic that returns to big screens 20 years after its debut. Here what's opening.

NOVITIATE (at the Magic Lantern)
An exploration of sin, faith and religious discipline set in the early 1960s, when a young woman (Margaret Qualley from The Nice Guys) escapes a troubled home life and starts studying to become a nun. Oscar winner Melissa Leo co-stars as the punishing Mother Superior. Rated R.

When her daughter is murdered, an angry mother (Frances McDormand) erects a trio of uncouth billboards calling out the local police department, causing a stir in her tiny town. In his review running next week, critic Seth Sommerfeld praises the film's all-star cast, but sayswriter-director Martin McDonagh’s script is tonally inconsistent. But if you liked McDonagh's previous films (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), you'll probably dig this one, too. Rated R.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

FILM: What's hitting local movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 12:51 PM

  • Jane

If you've got some downtime when you aren't gorging on Thanksgiving leftovers — and you're willing to put on pants and get out of the house — there are (finally) some interesting new films in theaters. Amongst them: the latest colorful effort from Pixar, an eye-opening nature documentary, and a coming-of-age comedy that's certain to be one of the best movies of the year.

COCO (3 stars)
On the eve of Día de los Muertos, 12-year-old Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead, where he discovers he’s descended from a legendary Mexican musician. In his review, Eric D. Snider says the latest from Pixar creates a vivid world and then runs around in it, all while conveying a message about the importance of family that actually feels sincere. Rated PG.

JANE (3 stars)
Documentarian Brett Morgen explores the early life and groundbreaking work of Jane Goodall, whose up-close-and-personal studies of African chimpanzees had seismic effects on science. Most of the film consists of astonishing, never-before-seen footage shot in the 1960s by nature photographer (and Goodall’s husband) Hugo van Lawick. At the Magic Lantern. Rated PG.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Claudia Castro Luna named Washington's fifth state poet laureate

She'll succeed Spokane's Tod Marshall

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Claudia Castro Luna will be the next Washington State Poet Laureate. - TIMOTHY AGUERO/COURTESY HUMANITIES WASHINGTON
  • Timothy Aguero/courtesy Humanities Washington
  • Claudia Castro Luna will be the next Washington State Poet Laureate.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tabbed Seattle's Claudia Castro Luna as the fifth state poet laureate. She'll start her two-year term on Feb. 1, 2018, taking the reins from current poet laureate and Spokane resident and Gonzaga professor Tod Marshall.

Castro Luna becomes the first immigrant and woman of color to fill the role; her family fled war-torn El Salvador for America when she was a teenager, back in 1981. Despite their hardship, her parents always pushed the importance of education, and she later earned an MFA in poetry and MA in urban planning. After working as a K-12 teacher, Castro Luna became Seattle's first Civic Poet.

"Claudia grew up knowing firsthand the importance of literature, particularly its power in trying times," said Karen Haren, executive director of the Washington State Arts Commission, in a statement accompanying the announcement of Castro Luna's selection. The poet laureate program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA. "This has given her the ability to connect with a range of people, and her experience as an immigrant will enable the program to reach new communities. She's also wonderfully inventive — it's clear she'll take this role to new and exciting places."

Like those who served in the role before her, Castro Luna is expected to travel far and wide in the state to advocate poetry's importance and power. Current Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall has crisscrossed the state numerous times, and created WA129, a collection of poetry by writers in the state, dedicated to voices of both established poets and novices.

On Wed., Nov. 29, Marshall and some of the poets from WA129 will read at Wolff Auditorium on the Gonzaga campus at 7:30 pm.

Castro Luna will take over the position at a "Passing of the Laurels" ceremony at the Seattle Public Library main branch on Jan. 31.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Robert's Rules: Auntie's hosts Inlander columnist's book release

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Spokane has undergone a great deal of change over the past quarter-century. Robert Herold has weighed in on most of it, registering his take on history and helping to make it happen.

A member of the Inlander family since 1994, Herold has 
been an editorial pillar of the newspaper, a voice of conscience — and prescience — for a then-fledgling weekly finding its wings. His mission mirrors that of the Inlander: to help make Spokane a better place to live. And if there's anything that comes through in his writing, it's how passionate he is about Spokane, how much he cares about this city and region.

The Inlander has published a compilation of some of Herold’s most memorable columns — words that resonate and stand the test of time, that speak to our future, not just our present and past — as the newspaper approaches its own quarter-century of reflecting life in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

Robert’s Rules: Selected Columns: 1994-2007 is an reintroduction to Spokane’s not-so-distant past, to the rise of the strong-mayor system and the fall of Jim West, the rebuilt Riverfront Park and the [thankfully] never-built Lincoln Street Bridge.

Herold, a Gonzaga political science professor for the past 17 years following 31 years as a professor and administrator at Eastern Washington University, reads from Robert's Rules Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Auntie's.

The book’s 87 entries are divided roughly into thirds, with 9/11 as the first line of demarcation and the Great Recession as the second; the book’s latter two-thirds moves beyond Spokane and the Inland Northwest to address national and international politics.

“I hope a kind of panoramic view of recent Spokane political history emerges from a reading of these columns,” Herold says. “Spokane, to some extent in the last 20 years, has benefited from a string of positive unintended consequences.”

Robert Herold reads from Robert’s Rules • Wed, Nov. 29 at 7 pm • Free • Auntie’s Books • 402 W. Main • • 838-0206
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this Friday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Justice League
  • Justice League

As Oscar season heats up, expect some serious award contenders to start gradually making their way onto Spokane screens in the next few months (we're always a bit behind, movie-wise). The Florida Project is this week's notable critical darling, a festival hit that's been attracting buzz since premiering at Cannes. Oh, and don't forget about that scrappy little indie production Justice League; hopefully it finds an audience.

Here's what's opening this week.

Opening at the Magic Lantern is this vivid snapshot of life in a run-down motel in Orlando, shot on location with a cast of mostly non-actors. Structured as a series of vignettes, our critic Seth Sommerfeld calls it a winsome, bittersweet look at a childhood in poverty. From the director of 2015's acclaimed Tangerine. Rated R.

The latest DC blockbuster from Zack Snyder reunites Batman and Wonder Woman, then teams them up with Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg to take down world-destroying supervillain Steppenwolf. That the movie runs just shy of two hours will likely be its only form of restraint. Rated PG-13.

This cheap-looking animated film finally answers the question no one has ever asked: What were the animals like at the Nativity? The huge voice cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey and Christopher Plummer. Rated PG.

WONDER (2 stars)
A little boy with facial deformities (Jacob Tremblay of Room) is sent off to public school for the first time, with his encouraging parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) looking on. Critic MaryAnn Johanson says this adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling YA novel has sweetness to spare, but it all but bashes you over the head with its messages. Rated PG.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this Friday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 2:16 PM

A-plus Photoshop skills, guys.
  • A-plus Photoshop skills, guys.

We saw some bad moms ringing in the holidays last week, and now we've got some bad dads doing the same thing. Whether or not you care is up for you to decide.

Here are the three new film releases you can catch this weekend in theaters.

Yes, they're allowing Mel Gibson to be in movies again. See, it's funny, because he plays Mark Wahlberg's dad, and they both wear leather jackets and tight-fitting T-shirts, and they don't show emotion and they're super MANLY. And it's even funnier that the great John Lithgow is playing Will Ferrell's dad, and they both wear cheesy Christmas sweaters and hug a lot, and are therefore NOT manly. Now that's comedy! Rated PG-13.

The director of The Lobster returns with another unsettling provocation, this one about a surgeon with a weird connection to an even weirder teenage boy. Critic Eric D. Snider dug the movie's creepy, deadpan style, all the while recognizing you may very well not. Rated R.

Kenneth Branagh directs and plays iconic detective Hercule Poirot in the second big-screen, star-studded adaptation of the 1934 Agatha Christie whodunit. The true mystery of this version, says critic MaryAnn Johanson, is why it was made in the first place. Rated PG-13.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Thomas Hampson, Spokane Symphony shine

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Spokane's own Thomas Hampson and the Spokane Syphony thrilled a hometown crowd over the weekend at the Fox.
  • Spokane's own Thomas Hampson and the Spokane Syphony thrilled a hometown crowd over the weekend at the Fox.

Early in Thomas Hampson's Sunday show with the Spokane Symphony, the renowned baritone took up a microphone to apologize for cracks or hacks that might erupt from his throat during the "Overtures and Arias" program, as he'd taken on an illness during his week-long visit to his hometown. Still, he assured the audience, "I am 100 percent here, and 100 percent thrilled to be here."

After witnessing Hampson perform for nearly two hours alongside the symphony, Spokane Symphony Chorale and Eastern Washington University Symphonic Choir, all I can say is, if that's what the guy sounds like when he's sick, it's no wonder his pipes have led him to international stardom among the opera and classical-music crowds. Hampson's voice is a truly incredible instrument, and it's hard to imagine anyone walked away from the Fox Theater on Sunday afternoon disappointed.

Anyone who knows me knows that my knowledge of classical music and opera is pretty much limited to what I've heard in Looney Tunes cartoons and on movie soundtracks (seriously, Bugs Bunny's spin on The Barber of Seville in Rabbit of Seville is a classic!). Part of Hampson's skill is appealing to everyone from the expert to the novice, with an ingratiating performance style that's as fun to watch as it is to hear.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hipster dragon? Trump Dragon? They're part of a new game Spokane-area teens hope to launch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 3:57 PM

  • That Dragon Card Game team
For some Spokane-area teenagers, what started out as a class assignment may turn into a paycheck, as they work to launch a game they've created over the past year.

When teaching high schoolers an innovation and robotics course at Northwest Christian Schools last year, Jeff Drew incorporated entrepreneurship into the class by asking students to get inspired:

What's a product you could make without spending any money?

Or at least without spending much money.

They scoured Kickstarter and Indiegogo to see what was already out there, what performed well and didn't, and then teamed up to create something new.

By the end of the semester, most of the class had rallied emotional support around one team, which created a dragon-themed card game that was simple enough to teach a 7-year-old in a few minutes, and fun enough to play over and over again.

They asked some artistic students to get involved in the card design, and That Dragon Card Game was born.

Hipster Dragon is one of the options for game play in That Dragon Card Game, created by local teens. - THAT DRAGON CARD GAME TEAM
  • That Dragon Card Game team
  • Hipster Dragon is one of the options for game play in That Dragon Card Game, created by local teens.

Now, nearly a year later, while some of the students have moved on to community college and a few are still finishing high school, the team is looking to reach its first funding goals on Kickstarter. They've almost hit their initial goal of $10,000 for the campaign, which is scheduled to last through Nov. 16. After that, they can meet stretch goals to help make the game even cooler.

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