Adam Robitel’s 2019 B-movie horror flick “Escape Room” had all the auspices of a flash in the pan: early January release and a gimmicky premise based around a live entertainment trend. “Escape Room” was just that: a series of high-stakes, life-or-death puzzles, but thanks to the cast and cha…

JOHANNESBURG — Deadly protests that erupted in South Africa following former President Jacob Zuma’s jailing showed no signs of letting up, even as the authorities pledged to clamp down on the violence and the army was deployed to help the police keep it in check.

Even though it was delayed for over a year, the release of a documentary film about Central Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre — a film about music and the sheer joy of togetherness — seems right on time after all. “Enormous: The Gorge Story” opens July 21 in theaters, including Wenatchee’s Gat…

Ever since Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), better known as Black Widow, kicked-boxed her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been clamoring for a standalone movie, and for good reason. She’s astonishingly lethal but also incredibly human, with a dark and mysterious backs…

What a ride it’s been for the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. Now spanning 20 years and nine films, this soap opera of motor fuel and melodrama has defied logic, physics and death again and again while weaving an intricate tapestry of a cinematic text that’s filled with callbacks, came…

Starring Kevin Hart as a widower trying to raise his young daughter, “Fatherhood” is an affable dramedy that lacks any real tension or drive. In a more dramatic turn than his usual manic comedic roles, Hart shows promise but isn’t quite there yet to craft something truly rounded, emotional a…

A previous version of this story incorrectly labeled last week's event name as Moving into the Future, the name of an upcoming panel on June 24. The panel referenced in this story is named Reimagining the Arts.

SEATTLE — It’s been two years since we’ve had a proper summer concert season. For a while, it looked like 2021 might bring another summer spent in hibernation, with a handful of Washington’s marquee festivals throwing in the towel for the second consecutive year amid the COVID-19 chaos.

WENATCHEE — This year’s Apple Blossom carnival has found a new, temporary home at Lincoln Park. Its previous location, at the Town Toyota Center parking lot in 2019, is being used as a mass vaccination site.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2020 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to these wines.

An easy-to-read, contemporary history book on Wenatchee for all, that’s something Chris Rader never found in her 15 years of local historical research. Rader decided to fill this gap by writing her own book, “Place of Plenty: A History of Wenatchee, in English and Spanish.”