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Get ready for ‘A Star Is Born’ special screenings

A couple of updates are in store for the area's movie-release schedule: For one, you can expect to see special advance screenings next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday specifically, of Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born" (with Cooper and Lady Gaga playing the lead roles).

The advance screenings, in Dolby Cinema, will show at 7 p.m. both days at AMC River Park Square

The film, which will open officially on Friday, Oct. 5th, is the latest version of a story that boasts at least three well-known versions: 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Cooper's version, which premiered in August at the Venice Film Festival, is earning rave reviews.

As for the Magic Lantern, Spokane's art-house movie theater is slated to open a second-run showing of the romantic comedy "Juliet, Naked."

The film, which — sorry — boasts no nudity (it's rated R but for language), played earlier this month at AMC River Park Square. It earned (as of today) an 81 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, 89 percent among moviegoers.

The Lantern, which is famous for adjusting its schedule, also has announced a tentative near-future list of mostly first-run screenings:

October 5th

"I Am Not a Witch" and "Blaze."

October 12th

"BlackkKlansman" (second-run)

Oct. 26th

"Tea With the Dames."

I'll update if anything changes. Until then, enjoy a little Lady Gaga in the embed below.