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Movies, dining and things to do / Spokane and North Idaho

For info on SpIFF 2014, click here

Even as two of the best-reviewed films of 2014 play in Spokane theaters — I'm speaking, of course, about Spike Jonze's "Her" and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" — knowledgeable movie fans are girding up for the 2014 version of the Spokane International Film Festival. The 16th edition of the festival opens on Thursday, Jan. 23.

As always, SpIFF offers a variety of full-length movies (20 of them), features and documentaries, and shorts (34). The overall schedule represents work from 25 different countries, but the Pacific Northwest is well represented in all categories — especially considering the Best of Northwest Shorts program.

The opening-night movie, Australia's "The Rocket," will be play at AMC's River Park Square Theatres. It will be followed by an opening party, which will be held at the mall's Kress Gallery. The closing-night party will follow the Feb. 1 screening of "Matterhorn," which will screen at the Bing Crosby Theater. In between, two filmmaker forums will be held at the Magic Lantern Theater.

And don't forget the Jan. 25 premiere of the new addition to the "Transolar Galactica" series, which will include an audience Q&A with the cast and crew.

For information on how to buy tickets, click here.

And enjoy.