Nathan Weinbender

Movies 101 Co-Host

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

Nicolas Cage shows up in a lot of movies, many of them bad, and he's usually way over-the-top. But his latest, the offbeat drama "Pig," has him practicing a rare quality -- subtlety. Nathan Weinbender has the review.

Nathan Weinbender is one of the film critics heard on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

After a year without live music, a concert film like "Summer of Soul" seems even more life affirming. Nathan Weinbender reviews the new documentary, playing in theaters and streaming on Hulu, which already belongs on the list of all-time great musical films. 

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

It's a distinctly 21st century story -- a viral thread of tweets has now been adapted into a feature film.  "Zola" is a strange hybrid of horror and humor, and Nathan Weinbender takes a look at a movie that's designed to put you on edge but might let you down in the end.

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

One sign that we're getting back to normal is there's a new "Fast and Furious" movie in theaters, with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and company back on big screens. Nathan Weinbender, an avowed fan of the series, looks at "F9," the latest entry in the neverending series.

Nathan Weinbender is a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Before there was "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda made himself a star with the musical "In the Heights." It has now been translated into a film, now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, which Nathan Weinbender says is a rousing, if old-fashioned, piece of entertainment. 

Nathan Weinbender is one of the film critics heard on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX. 
 

"A Quiet Place, Part II" is the first big hit since movie theaters reopened, and Nathan Weinbender says it's worth a trip to the theater. John Krasinski returns as director, in an exciting sequel about the human survivors of an alien invasion.

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

Movie theaters are open again, which means a deluge of delayed blockbusters is about to take over local multiplexes. Nathan Weinbender went back to the big screen to check out "Wrath of Man," a surprisingly original and properly brutal thriller from director Guy Ritchie.

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.

Sometimes multiple new movies coincidentally explore similar themes in similar locales, and this week Nathan Weinbender takes a look at two films -- the drama "Stowaway" and the futuristic thriller "Voyagers" -- that just happen to be set in space. Both are now streaming.

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.

The 2021 Oscars ceremony is set to be held this coming Sunday night, with "Nomadland" the frontrunner for Best Picture. But of all the high-profile titles up for awards, Nathan Weinbender says the category for best documentary is one of the richest of the evening. He runs down all five nominees.

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.

As with most events in this first half of the year, the 47th edition of the Seattle International Film Festival is currently underway via virtual channels. Nathan Weinbender has been watching movies and is listing some of the best, including a few set in the Inland Northwest.

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.

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.

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