Nathan Weinbender

Movies 101 Co-Host

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

Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time has been a kid lit favorite since the '60s, but it's only now made its way to the big screen. Director Ava DuVernay has taken on the planet-hopping sci-fi odyssey, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a refreshingly earnest children's film that works better in theory than practice.

Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of movies to remake, here comes "Death Wish," starring Bruce Willis in a role originated by Charles Bronson. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the rehashed vigilante thriller, which is no less reactionary than its predecessor and even more confused.  

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now produced eighteen movies, all of them big hits, but none has seemed as seismic as Black Panther. Nathan Weinbender looks at the new cultural phenomenon, about a young African prince and his reign over the prosperous nation of Wakanda.

At 87, Clint Eastwood is still one of Hollywood's most active and unpredictable film makers, and his latest is the strange experiment in realism called The 15:17 to Paris. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the film, which casts the real people involved in a 2015 terrorist attack and asks them to reenact it, but it's (unfortunately) not nearly as fascinating as it sounds.

If you're familiar with "National Lampoon" magazine, "Animal House" and "Caddyshack," you can blame Doug Kenney. The new Netflix biopic A Futile & Stupid Gesture, casts Will Forte as the legendary - and legendarily troubled - comedy writer, and while it's a noble attempt to upend the structure, Nathan Weinbender says the movie's title is sadly appropriate.

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