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Every few years, Vin Diesel likes to remind audiences that he does do movies that are not of the fast and furious or alien tree variety. He’ll throw in an “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” or a “The Last Witch Hunter” to remind us all he’s more than Groot or Dom Toretto. He can also be a generic …

The final Black Box Concert of the 2019-20 season on Friday will feature Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in downtown Wenatchee.

“Onward,” the newest animated adventure from Disney/Pixar, finally brings mainstream representation to a group previously relegated to the margins of popular culture: the fantasy-obsessed metalhead. In this warm tale of brotherly love forged during an epic coming-of-age quest, Chris Pratt vo…

This week: Enjoy a host of live music events — with something for everyone, including an orchestra performance. Take in a Shakespeare play, learn about bats and enjoy the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Winter Games.

LEAVENWORTH — The Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ Vox Docs Film Festival is March 6 and 7, featuring two distinct days of the best documentary films of the past year at The Snowy Owl Theatre.

LOS ANGELES — Hulu has nabbed exclusively U.S. streaming rights to "Parasite," the film that made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture at this year's Oscars.

LOS ANGELES — Dogs, in their rambunctious domesticated way, can lead us overly civilized humans a step or two closer to the natural world. So it's only fitting that the best dog movies have saluted that unruly canine spirit without a lot of artificial flavoring. Hollywood's classic dog tales…

Much like our furry friends, movies about man’s best friend come in all shapes and sizes: lost dog movies, talking dog movies, military dog movies, reincarnated dog movies. “The Call of the Wild,” directed by Chris Sanders and based on the classic novella by Jack London, is what one might ca…

This week: A polar plunge offers a sure-fire remedy for cabin fever. If you prefer a different kind of mid-winter adventure — or need to recover from a previous excursion — enjoy some great music, a classic film and some words to live by.

NCW — Film festival season is underway with two planned Feb. 22, one in Twisp that focuses on women adventurers and the other in Leavenworth that’s all about fly fishing.

This week: Yes, the Super Bowl is Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. We care, but it’s not as if Russell Wilson and crew were involved. On the upside, it frees up valuable energy, giving you an opportunity to refocus, reach out … go to a hockey game, a conc…

Guy Ritchie’s latest British gangster yarn, “The Gentlemen,” opens with a bartender pulling a beer tap printed with a logo reading: “Gritchie’s English Lore.” It’s oh-so-appropriate branding for this return to roots for Ritchie, who burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s with the rollicking L…

WENATCHEE — Carson Zehnder will play Sophie and Dawn McCormick will play Donna in “Mamma Mia!” this spring in the 2020 Apple Blossom Musical that is being directed by Paul and Kelly Atwood and produced by Jill Sheets.

This week: A theme of Ice and Fire is making a comeback, with or without George R. R. Martin. After all, winter is here, with a vengeance, just in time for Lake Chelan Winterfest and Leavenworth’s Bavarian Ice Fest. If those activities there aren’t enough to get you to brave the cold, consid…

After turning in the first two greatly beloved, operatically souped-up action opuses in the “Bad Boys” franchise, everyone’s favorite gearhead maximalist auteur Michael Bay is no longer behind the camera for the third, “Bad Boys for Life” (though he is in front of it, briefly).

Just as we're all scrambling to catch up with the best of 2019's releases — here comes the 2020 movie slate. Here are 10 movies to watch for; some you've heard of, some that maybe you haven't. Note that all release dates are subject to change, or in some cases are vaguer than vague at this p…

This week: As the enthusiasm for the New Year’s Resolutions start to become old hat, take time to shake it up, whether it’s a real “Thriller” in the form of a Michael Jackson impersonator, a funny play about the mafia or a not-so-happy opera that puts it all in perspective. It’s not as bad a…

This week: The season is upon us, so those who want to ramp things up, you have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds. For those who want to step back and chill, those options are available, too. Your call. Either way, here’s wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas!