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  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies, both streaming documentaries, that couldn’t be more different. The first is “Spermworld,” which delves into the unregulated world of sperm donating, while the second is “Girls State,” a follow-up to the 2020 film “Boys State.”
  • The Italian director Luca Guadagnino isn’t known for restraint, and his newest film “Challengers” is a big, stylish melodrama about obsession and betrayal in the world of tennis. Nathan Weinbender says it’s a lot of fun, and made with more energy and zeal than most mainstream movies.
  • On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that involve the theme of challenges. The first is “Challengers,” director Luca Guadagnino’s look at a three-way relationship among tennis players. The second is a challenge to our very senses, director Bertrand Bonello’s head-scratching study “The Beast.”
  • “The Beast” explores the dangers of AI, but in a way that even AI might not understand, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss the work of Patricia Highsmith, an author who made a career out of imagining the inner lives of various sociopaths—including one Tom Ripley, who is the protagonist in the new Netflix series titled, simply, “Ripley.” In this episode, they talk about the series and their other favorite Highsmith adaptations.
  • “Challengers” is a study of desire, whether for athletic success or romantic intimacy—and sometimes both, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • However minor, the marital-discord mystery “Coup de chance” is Woody Allen’s latest movie offering, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • On this week’s show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss Alex Garland’s latest film "Civil War," which stars the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeney as photojournalists covering what is a second American war between the states and the federal government. After that, they move on to the film “La Chimera,” which is playing at the Magic Lantern Theatre.
  • “Civil War” is an intense, yet empty, study of photojournalism and a potential American future, Dan Webster says in his review.
  • The Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel steps behind the camera for the first time with the bloody, pulpy thriller “Monkey Man.” It follows a standard revenge movie plot, but Nathan Weinbender says it stands apart with its mayhem and its sense of righteous anger.