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"The Card Counter," the new film from writer-director Paul Schrader, is a meditation on guilt and redemption, told through the eyes of a poker-playing war veteran. It's a challenging movie, but Nathan Weinbender says it's worth the gamble.

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

The Netflix series "The Squid Game" is a blend of social commentary and Agatha Christie-like mystery, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

In a career of exploring the stories of tortured characters, writer-director Paul Schrader directed his attention toward redemption in "The Card Counter."  

In the documentary "The Lost Leonardo," what value a work of art might have, even if its origin is disputed, is examined by a range of experts, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Whether you think of her as a punchline or a tragic figure, Tammy Faye Bakker makes for a fascinating biopic subject. Nathan Weinbender takes a look through "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," a new biopic with an awards-ready performance by Jessica Chastain.

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

Sometimes a horror film can get by on sheer chutzpah alone. That's certainly the case with "Malignant," the latest from "The Conjuring" creator James Wan,  which Nathan Weinbender says is rescued by a ludicrous third act twist. It's now streaming on HBO Max.

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

Even if the original Woodstock music festival is viewed more as myth than reality, “Woodstock 99” shows just how far public behavior has fallen, Dan Webster says in his review. 

You don't have to look too hard to find serial killer movies, most of which are trash, but "No Man of God" is more thoughtful about the subject than you'd expect. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at director Amber Seale's film, now available as a digital rental, which considers Ted Bundy's crimes in a provocative way.

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

The screenplay for “Respect” plays out like a mere script outline, until Jennifer Hudson begins to sing, Dan Webster says in his review.

Besides being a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, “Movies 101” host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The Candyman was the monster who inspired a hit 1992 slasher film, and now he's back in a new, more socially conscious film, though Nathan Weinbender says this version's style is more successful than its substance.  

Watching Martin Scorsese’s 2008 documentary “Shine a Light” is one good way to honor the passing of the great Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Dan Webster says in his review.   

Now streaming on HBO Max, "Reminiscence" is a mix of sci-fi and film noir starring Hugh Jackman as a private eye who descends into peoples' memories. It's competently made, but Nathan Weinbender says you've probably seen this exact story before.

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

"Reminiscence" is a poorly updated version of the classic film noir, Dan Webster says in his review. Besides being a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, "Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The new film "Annette," streaming now on Amazon Prime, is a show-biz satire, a violent melodrama and a musical with songs by the band Sparks. In case you couldn't tell, it's incredibly weird, but Nathan Weinbender says you should just see it for yourself. 

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.

"Nine Days" is a cryptic exploration of what a struggle it is to become fully human, Dan Webster says in his review.

Documentaries about conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen, but a new non-fiction film called "Enemies of the State" takes a fresh look at a conspiracy come to life. It's now available for digital rental, and Nathan Weinbender says it's intriguing and frustrating in equal measure.

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.

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.

"The Woman Who Ran" is a deceptive exploration of life's deeper meaning, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

"No Sudden Move" continues versatile Steven Soderbergh's exploration of the neo-noir, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

From B-movie energy to James Bond-ish fantasy, "F9" represents what ever-evolving Hollywood has become, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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. 
 

The animated film "Luca" continues Pixar's exploration of visual splendor, Dan Webster says in his review.  

The Netflix series "Lupin" stars Omar Sy as a modern version of the classic fictional French "gentleman burglar," Dan Webster says in his review.  

"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.

John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place, Part II" is a suspenseful, if incomplete, study of a family's struggle in a post-apocalyptic world, Dan Webster says in his review.

In "French Exit," Michelle Pfeiffer shines as a woman who wants to live life on her own terms--or not at all, Dan Webster says in his review.  

"When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" is a child's-eye view of how a Jewish family negotiates World War II, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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