Nathan Weinbender

Movies 101 Co-Host

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

"Blindspotting," a commentary on gentrification, police brutality, and economic disparity starring and co-written by Daveed Diggs from "Hamilton," received acclaim at this year's Sundance Film Festival— but it completely bypassed Spokane theaters. Now that it's on DVD, Nathan Weinbender says it's an interesting debut film that's worth checking out.

"The Rider" is one of the best-reviewed films of the year with one of the most unusual backstories, and yet it barely played in Spokane— showing up on a single screen for only a week back in June. But now it's on DVD & Blu-ray, and it's a genuine marvel— blurring the line between reality and fiction in the true story of an injured rodeo rider trying to find his feet in the real world.

We all know that Melissa McCarthy is a comedic force to be reckoned with, but in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?" she delivers a rare dramatic performance as an unassuming literary forger. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new film, which is based on a true story, that's already getting Oscar buzz for its star.

It was only a matter of time until Queen, with its flamboyant frontman and roster of hits, got its own film. Now we have "Bohemian Rapsody," which follows the career of the band and the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, using all those great old songs and a lot of biopic clichés. It may have been a box office champion, but Nathan Weinbender says he wasn't exactly rocked by the new film. 

This year we’ve see directorial debuts from actors Bradley Cooper and Bo Burnham, and now Jonah Hill has been added to the list. His first feature, "Mid90s," is a snapshot of skater kids in LA, and Nathan Weinbender proposes that it's more interesting as a mood piece than a coming-of-age narrative.

"Bad Times at the El Royale" has all the trappings of a future cult film— it's over-ambitious, singularly strange, and it died at the box office. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the neo-noir curiosity, which isn't totally successful, but is most certainly interesting.

Amongst its series and stand-up specials, Netflix has been acquiring new films by great directors— and their newest release is Paul Greengrass' "22 July." Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the movie, which dramatizes terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway in 2011, and examines the craft behind its troublesome existence.

Everyone has been raving about "A Star Is Born," the fourth feature film iteration of the classic rags-to-riches story and the first movie this year to generate serious awards talk. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at Bradley Cooper's directorial debut starring Lady Gaga, which isn't a masterpiece, but has plenty of memorable moments.

Everyone has been raving about "A Star is Born," the fourth feature version of the classic rags-to-riches story and the first movie this year to generate serious awards talk. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at Bradley Cooper's directorial debut starring Lady Gaga, which isn't a masterpiece but has plenty of memorable moments. 

"Searching" is the story of a father trying to solve his teenage daughter's disappearance using social media, but there's a twist: it's told entirely from the point of view of the computer. Nathan Weinbender says it's actually a smarter examination of 21st-century technology than it is a mystery. 

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