Based on a very popular 2017 young adult novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give takes a bit of a simplified approach to its controversial subject matter, but that streamlined focus allows the movie to emphasize what's most important to its characters and its audience.
We've already run down some Halloween-y culture events here, but we were merely scratching the surface. There's a lot more stuff happening in the Inland Northwest, so here are some spooky movies and some scary good live music to check out before All Hallow's Eve creeps up on you.
Good news and bad news, folks. But mostly good news: two new concerts are slated to hit Spokane in the next couple months.
Considering the number of clowns in the world, a precious few come to be popular enough that people know them by name. Bozo.
Devonte Pearson's outlook on life is a simple one: He's a big believer in dreams.
Our mistake. We profiled the Seattle band Motopony in this week's music section, and the article went to print following their announcement that they were canceling all upcoming tour dates. We should have caught it, and we didn't.
You could say Keb' Mo' is a blues player.
Seattle supergroup Motopony has had measurable success in the world of arts and culture, but the journey hasn't been a short one, nor has it been easy.
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Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale opens with a mysterious scene depicting an unnamed man (played by Nick Offerman) methodically deconstructing one of the rooms at the titular hotel, hiding a satchel of some kind under the floorboards and then putting everything back together exactly as he found it. When the movie cuts to a decade later (in 1969) and introduces a group of eccentric guests all checking in to the nearly abandoned hotel straddling the California-Nevada border near Lake Tahoe, it sets up a chase to discover that buried treasure among various presumably unsavory characters.
Ryan Gosling is a handsome man, but it's his profile that's most aesthetically pleasing. We saw a lot of it in Drive, where he sat behind the wheel of a car and was often photographed from the passenger seat, and we see it again in First Man, where he's a test pilot in a cockpit.
It's not a music movie until a sweaty singer washes down a handful of pills with gulps of grain alcohol, and A Star Is Born is a music movie from the first gin-splashed scene.
I was unfamiliar with country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley going into the film of his life, and I came away with respect for a craft I hadn't known existed. Simply titled Blaze, it's the fourth feature directed by Ethan Hawke, whose visual style and sense of storytelling channel the same hushed, quietly proficient tone that he brings to so many of his acting roles.
Any cohesive film has a certain rhythm to it, and in the particular case of I Am Not a Witch, the rhythm is weighty, tangible and multisensory. This internationally produced drama, the feature debut of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, opens with a lengthy shot onboard an African tour bus set to Vivaldi's "Winter," and only gets more stylistically striking and structurally unconventional from there.
Bust out your glowing briefcases and your Big Kahuna burgers and start memorizing all the words to Ezekiel 25:17. Our next Suds & Cinema film is 1994's Pulp Fiction, showing at 7 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater on Oct. 17. Quentin Tarantino's outlandish, violent, convention-breaking pop culture phenomenon recently turned 25 years old, and now it's the Inlander's turn: You can pick up our commemorative 25th anniversary issue at the theater a day before it hits newsstands.
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