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Film

  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss an Oscar nominee, the German film “The Teachers’ Lounge,” which is up for Best International Feature Film, and then shift direction to talk about the Netflix documentary “The Greatest Night in Pop.”
  • “The Teachers’ Lounge” portrays the struggles of a German middle-school teacher to handle a complex situation, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss what to expect from the 2024 Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF), which begins its eight-day run this weekend. Prior to that, though, they discuss “The Zone of Interest,” a German-language film—written and directed by British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer—that has been nominated for five Academy Awards.
  • “The Zone of Interest” puts the viewer in the heart of those living alongside a World War II death camp, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss a big-screen feature titled “Origin” and a Hulu streamer titled “Self Reliance,” and also give a quick preview of the coming Spokane International Film Festival.
  • “Origin” is a look at the roots of cultural dysfunction that supersedes simple theories of racism, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • The musical remake of the classic comedy “Mean Girls” has been a box office champ for the last few weeks. But Nathan Weinbender says you’re better off waiting for the Broadway tour to come back through town—or putting on your old DVD copy of the original film.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss three movies, each of which tackles some variation on the theme of endurance. “All of Us Strangers” stars Andrew Scott as a man haunted by a tragedy he suffered as a pre-teen, “Society of the Snow” is another retelling of the 1972 Andes airplane crash, and “Remembering Gene Wilder” is an exploration of the late comic actor’s life—which at one point involved the loss of a beloved partner and at another was challenged by a crippling disease.
  • “Society of the Snow” is a graphic, Spanish-language portrayal of the 1972 Andes airplane crash, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss three films from last year: the social commentary “American Fiction,” the study of dysfunctional family and professional wrestling titled “The Iron Claw” and the Tunisian documentary “Four Daughters.”