Nathan Weinbender

Movies 101 Co-Host

Nathan is an entertainment writer and film reviewer. He also produces stories and reviews for Spokane7.

One of the most nominated movies at the upcoming Academy Awards, "The Father" is a harrowing and empathetic look at dementia. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the acclaimed movie, now available as a digital rental, with a career-best performance from Anthony Hopkins.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

A little bit of "The Twilight Zone" and a litle bit of Jordan Peele, the new comic thriller "Happily" has a lot of twists and turns. Nathan Weinbender says the film, now available as a digital rental, is a fun, unexpected journey. The destination? Well, that's another story.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

The 1988 Eddie Murphy vehicle "Coming to America" is a beloved comedy, and like most beloved comedies, it now has a sequel. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, the second film in the saga of Prince Akeem is a pale retread, and Nathan Weinbender says it was a long wait for such a disappointing follow-up.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

A recent Golden Globe winner, Lee Isaac Chung's drama "Minari" is also expected to pick up multiple nominations at the 2021 Oscars. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the film, which is a perceptive and moving look at a Korean family living in the American south of the 1980s.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public 
Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

The caper comedy "Breaking News in Yuba County," now available to rent on VOD, has one of the best casts of recent years, featuring Allison Janney, Awkwafina, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall and more. Despite that star wattage, Nathan Weinbender says it plays like a weak cover version of much better movies.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and one of the film critics on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"Saint Maud" is another in a long string of religious horror movies, but it's one of the more thoughtful ones. The story of a lonely woman whose self-imposed sainthood becomes dangerous, Nathan Weinbender says it's an impressive debut that's now streaming through the cable service Epix.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"The Little Things," now streaming on HBO Max, is the sort of movie that seems like it's going to speed off in unexpected and exciting directions, and then it ends up idling in the driveway. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new police procedural starring three Oscar winners.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"Some Kind of Heaven" is a strange documentary -- part comedy, part tragedy -- set inside what has been deemed the largest retirement community in central Florida. Nathan Weinbender takes a visit to the Villages in his review of this unusual and memorable film, now available as a digital rental. 

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"Grizzly II" was supposed to be released in 1983, a killer bear movie featuring a young George Clooney and set at a music festival in Budapest. But it was never completed, until now. Nathan Weinbender looks at a long-lost B-movie curiosity, given a new and totally bizarre lease on life.

In a year with so little big-screen spectacle, the only real superhero blockbuster of the year is "Wonder Woman 1984." The film is streaming on HBO Max through January 24, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a major disappointment following an entertaining 2017 film.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Now's the time of year for reflection, and for movie critics, that reflection involves taking stock of the finest that contemporary cinema had to offer. Nathan Weinbender lists a handful of the best features from this otherwise terrible year, all of which are available to stream on various platforms.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most versatile actors around, capable of playing campy horror, intense action and serious drama. In "Another Round," he plays a teacher succumbing to alcoholism as a coping mechanism, and his performance carries the film. Nathan Weinbender has the review.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

As a pioneering "Saturday Night Live" cast member and an icon of college campus rebellion, John Belushi was a superstar of American comedy, as well as a drug addict who spiraled out of control. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at a new Showtime documentary, simply titled "Belushi," that digs into his fraught legacy.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film  and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

It's been three decades since Martin Scorsese released "GoodFellas," which changed the gangster film forever. Nathan Weinbender takes a look back at the film in light of its anniversary, and it remains the quintessential work by the greatest living American director.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and one of the film critics on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Despite its title, Kirsten Johnson's documentary "Dick Johnson Is Dead" is about one man's life, told by his own daughter and filled with bizarre fantasy sequences, horror movie violence and other strange detours. It's streaming now on Netflix, and Nathan Weinbender says it's one of the best and most original films of the year. 

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

In 1970, a film version of the controversial gay-themed play "The Boys in the Band" hit theaters courtesy of director William Friedkin. 50 years later, and a new film adaptation is available on Netflix, featuring the cast from a recent Tony-winning revival. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the intense drama.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"Antebellum" is a new "Get Out"-style social issues thriller that wants to be a thoughtful and provocative allegory about the mistreatment of Black people in America. But Nathan Weinbender says it's so structurally confused and lacking in humanity that it just ends up being tasteless.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public 
Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"The Burnt Orange Heresy," a new art-world thriller available to rent on demand, is -- according to Nathan Weinbender -- just like an intriguing painting on a wall: Depending on how you squint at it, it's either an intriguing allegory about the value of art, or it's merely a silly potboiler. Here's his review.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

New on Netflix is the latest cinematic headtrip from writer-director Charlie Kaufman, a dark comedy/existential nightmare titled "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, Nathan Weinbender says, but fans of the cerebral and strange shouldn't miss it.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Although Nikola Tesla is now a household name, he was nearly relegated to the margins of scientific history. The new biopic "Tesla," starring Ethan Hawke, looks to right those wrongs, and Nathan Weinbender says the film takes a strange and unconventional approach to a story you might already know.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

"Project Power," now streaming on Netflix, imagines a world where a street drug gives temporary superpowers to anyone who takes it. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new big-budget thriller, which bogs down a terrific premise with mostly predictable action.  

Seth Rogen has made a career out of basically playing himself, but in the fish-out-of-water comedy "An American Pickle," streaming on HBO Max, he takes on a more complicated dual role. It's a new twist in a long career, Nathan Weinbender says, and in a film that's often funny but tonally uneven.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

As the pandemic ratchets up again, the idea of escaping to an isolated AirBnb sounds more tempting than ever. But the new horror film "The Rental," about a staycation that turns deadly, milks that premise for all its worth, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a surprisingly effective thriller on a dime.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX. 

Director Kelly Reichardt is known for her deliberately paced, deeply humane dramas set in the Pacific Northwest, and her latest is called "First Cow," the story of desperation and theft in 1820s Oregon. Following a brief theatrical run before lockdowns, the movie is now available to rent on iTunes and Amazon, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a beautiful fable about American history and the majesty of nature. 

When you're watching a documentary, do you ever wonder where the unvarnished truth ends and filmmaking techniques begin? A new film called "Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets," now available to rent through Altavod.com, captures life inside a Vegas bar through unusual circumstances, which Nathan Weinbender says is bound to inspire interesting conversation, possibly over drinks. 

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

It's becoming less and less likely that we're going to have a standard summer movie season, but that doesn't mean new movies aren't finding their ways to audiences. Two recent releases, the sci-fi mystery "The Vast of Night" and the experimental literary biopic "Shirley," are both worth streaming in your own home theater. Nathan Weinbender says they'll give you a lot to think about.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and one of the film critics on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Since leaving "The Daily Show" in 2015, Jon Stewart has become a political activist and occasional TV presence, but now he's back in the director's chair for his second feature film, Irresistible, a political satire about a small-town election starring Steve Carell. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new comedy, now available to rent on iTunes and Amazon, which he says is just a little too anemic and a little too dated to match the current climate. 

There's only so much you can do with a familiar premise. Take, for instance, "The Invisible Man," which has been reworked dozens of times over in the last century. But Nathan Weinbender says this newest version, starring Elisabeth Moss, is a surprisingly fresh take on a plot you thought you knew.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and one of the film critics on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Released earlier this month, "Birds of Prey," the first solo outing of Margot Robbie's antihero Harley Quinn, has been underperforming at the box office. It's still playing in most mainstream theaters, but Nathan Weinbender says it's worth checking out, especially in the doldrums of February.

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

The allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein are being deliberated in the court of law right now, so the new drama "The Assistant" is of particular interest. It's one of the first movies to deal explicitly with issues of Hollywood harassment in light of the Me Too movement, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a drama that finds power in its silence.

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