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Viral Video: A forest of six-second Vines

Hacking through the dense digital forest of online vines is a task even Sisyphus would have avoided. Vines are those looping six second videos one…

Chris Rock reaches new level as director of ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock takes a good hard look in the mirror with his new film Top Five and sees a superstar celebrity comedian trapped by his own success.…

Now Showing: “The Interview”

In September 1997 I was a freelance cameraman on a three-person CBS news crew invited into North Korea to report on a nationwide famine. This…

2014’s #6 Most Read: Steve Scher’s KUOW disappearing act

When the longtime and popular KUOW radio host Steve Scher up and quit suddenly last week, the rapidity and surprise of the event naturally raised eyebrows.…

Now Showing: Not that wild about “Wild”

Wild is the lukewarm and fitfully engaging movie version of author Cheryl Strayed’s radiant and absorbing memoir. The movie would like to be loved like the…

Viral Video: “This Won

The Boschian hellscape of our health care system gets the satirical once-over in this sharply written and star-studded short film, part of a 20-part series…

Now Playing: Amir Bar-Lev

Happy Valley is filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev’s dissection of the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State scandal. Arriving on the scene after Sandusky, an assistant football coach…

Viral Video: Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading

AMC’s The Walking Dead is television’s number one rated show among 18-49 year olds, regularly sacking its top time slot rival, Sunday Night Football. The…

Now playing (or drying): Frederick Wiseman’s portrait of London’s National Gallery

The easy joke to make with National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary set inside the venerable London art museum, is that it’s about as exciting as…

‘The Babadook’: Who knew a movie about a book could be this scary?

The Babadook is the most frightening movie ever made about a picture book. The eponymous creature lurking within its pages comes to life to terrorize…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s hilarious analysis of net neutrality

Last Week Tonight, John Oliver’s follow-up to his stint on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, ended this month with better ratings than the programs of…

Now Playing: Michael Keaton soars in “Birdman”

It’s difficult to resist the bird metaphors when reviewing Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. So I won’t even try. The film soars. It glides…

Viral Video: Seth Rogen and others raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

Here are just a few of the devastating statistics from the Alzheimer's Association: Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United…

‘Norte, the End of History’ is as magnificent as it is grim

  Fabian, the protagonist in the grave and beautiful Filipino film, Norte, the End of History, is a privileged snob. He enjoys pontificating about the death…

Bill Lucia (sniff) leaves Crosscut

I have some good news – and some bad news. Funny thing is: It’s the same news. Bill Lucia, our intrepid City Hall reporter, will…

Keira Knightley stars in Lynn Shelton’s lightweight “Laggies”

Laggies, the sixth feature from Seattle-based director Lynn Shelton, is another entry in her canon of films about arrested development. Even her movies that revolve…

A chat with filmmaker and mental health advocate Dr. Delaney Ruston

The day after beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams committed suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline received more than 7,500 calls, twice as many as…

Searching for Sasquatch in creepy “Willow Creek”

Just when you thought the found-footage gimmick had finally been pounded into eternal irrelevance by the half-dozen Paranormal Activity sequels, which were inspired by countless horror…

The Smartypants Guide to November’s Civic Cocktail with SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and film director Lynn Shelton

How goes police reform in Seattle? New Chief Kathleen O'Toole will address that question and many more when she joins us at the next Civic…

Oil & Water: A captivating, coming of age story – with sludge

I know what you’re thinking: Do we really need another documentary about big American oil companies exploiting third world countries for their priceless petroleum? In…

‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ whipsaws

Shailene Woodley anchors the erratic but frequently arresting White Bird in a Blizzard, adapted from the novel of the same name, which author Laura Kasischke loosely…

Viral Video: Moving Mazama tells the tale of Tom Kundig’s ill-placed home

This video is a sharply produced, playfully edited short detailing the legal skirmish over Seattle starchitect Tom Kundig's 850-square foot vacation home, which teeters on…

Viral Video: Why did PBS distance itself from “Citizen Koch”?

Citizen Koch is the movie PBS does not want you to see. Billed as an exposé about the Machiavellian tactics of the Koch brothers, Charles…

Fox’s termination of Q13 contract could leave South Sound Seahawksless

The popularity of the Seahawks in the Seattle-Tacoma market and of the NFL in general has prompted media giant FOX to pursue long, fruitless negotiations…

“The Two Faces of January” falls on its, um, face

January may have two faces, but the faces Viggo Mortensen tries on in this film are legion. He smirks, smiles, grimaces, gloats, pouts, frowns, laughs,…