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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.  

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.

"Without Remorse" is another Tom Clancy action film, though this one wastes the talents of its lead actor, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

"Limbo" makes the immigrant experience into a bizarre, near-surrealistic experience, Dan Webster says in his review.  

The Showtime series "Couples Therapy" gives a serious meaning to the term "reality TV," Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

"Nobody" is either the best, or the worst, representation of America at the moment, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

The three-part Public Television documentary "Hemingway" takes a Ken Burns-type look at the legendary American writer, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

"The White Tiger" is an Oscar-nominated look at the revenge of the servant class, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

Netflix's "Murder Among the Mormons" gives another look into the mind of a killer, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

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.

With "The Gentlemen," director Guy Ritchie returns to a film genre he knows best, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"The Father" is a frightening look at the kinds of horror that late-life ills can bring, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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.

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