Movie Review

How does one go about describing the South Korean thriller "Parasite" without giving away its biggest secrets and explaining its unusual tone? It's a difficult film to review, but Nathan Weinbender did it anyway, and it turns out to be one of the wildest and most entertaining films of 2019.

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.

For those of you who like your movies weird, make sure to put Robert Eggers' black-and-white psychological freakout "The Lighthouse" at the top of your to-see list. Either you'll hate it, or you'll think it's one of the best movies of the year; either way, Nathan Weinbender says it's a singular and powerful vision from the director of "The Witch."

Nathan Weinbender is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

In Hollywood, the franchise is king, and new properties exist to spin off more material. But did we really need another "Zombieland" movie? Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the long-awaited sequel, subtitled 
"Double Tap," which might not be very funny but at least isn't all that difficult to sit through.

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.

It's already one of the year's most controversial, divisive and financially successful movies -- "Joker," the origin story of the DC supervillain, has obviously ruffled some feathers. Nathan Weinbender says that, even though it's not as deep as it thinks it is, the movie has a vision and a lead performance that's impossible to write off.

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.

It seems that the only movie anybody's talking about right now is the gritty "Joker," but that's a review for another time. Instead, Nathan Weinbender is catching up on movies from earlier in the year that would make for ideal Halloween viewing -- "Annabelle Comes Home" and "Crawl," both stylish genre films that are a whole lot better than they have any business being.

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.

Based on a real story, "Hustlers" is a women's tale of revenge, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

"Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The summer movie season is starting to wane, but leave it up to the "Fast & Furious" franchise to pass the finish line right before the deadline. This ninth film, a spin-off called "Hobbs & Shaw," is hardly a memorable action spectacular, though Nathan Weinbender says the series' fans should find plenty to enjoy.

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 Farewell" is Chinese-American writer-director Lulu Wang's love letter to her family, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

"Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

It's a tantalizing what-if: Everyone forgot who the Beatles were, but somehow you remember all the songs. That's the set-up for "Yesterday," in which everyone hears the Fab Four's genius for the first time. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new romantic fastasy, which takes a good idea and turns it predictable.

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.

In between his great narrative films, Martin Scorsese has produced some of the most interesting music documentaries of recent years. His latest, "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story," mixes fact and fiction in its exploration of one of the singer-songwriter's most famous tours. Nathan Weinbender says the film, now streaming on Netflix, is a must for Dylan fans.

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.

"Always Be My Maybe" continues the fresh take on the traditional romantic comedy, Dan Webster says in his review.

"Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about the movies and more for Spokane7.com.

"Amazing Grace," a concert film that depicts the recording of a 1972 Aretha Franklin album of the same name, has long been high on lists of movies that were never finished. After a long and troubled post-production period, "Amazing Grace" is -- somewhat miraculously -- in theaters, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a powerful testament to perhaps the greatest vocalist of a generation.

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.

Stephen King has never gone out of style. The bestselling horror writer's 1986 novel "It" became a hugely profitable film in 2017, and now his parable "Pet Sematary" is the subject of a new adaptation 30 years after an earlier big-screen effort. Nathan Weinbender is a fan of the original novel, and less enthusiastic about its 1989 adaptation, but is this new venture into the cursed graveyard worth a trip to the theater?

"Captain Marvel was the subject of scrutiny and criticism before anyone had even seen it, mostly from Internet trolls who seemed to take issue with a woman in the lead role, a first for a Marvel film. It made a boatload of money anyway, but is it any good? Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the first bona fide blockbuster of 2019.

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.

"Climax" is a perfect example of extreme cinema passing as art, Da 
Webster says in his movie review.

"Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The Oscars were this weekend, and Netflix's "Roma" was a frontrunner in several categories. That's a shift from years past, when the streaming service's few eligible features were shut out, and more major filmmakers are opting for streaming over theatrical distribution. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at "High Flying Bird" and "Velvet Buzzsaw," two new Netflix releases that may or may not be the subject of awards consideration a year from now.

In the last 20 years, M. Night Shyamalan has gone from a box office phenom to a Hollywood laughing stock to a popular filmmaker again. It's been a wild ride, and his newest film "Glass" has topped the box office for the last three weeks. It links the worlds of Shyamalan's earlier films "Unbreakable" and "Split," but Nathan Weinbender says it feels more like a talky origin story than a grand finale.<br><br>

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.

There are good movies, like those that are boring or artistically bankrupt or lazy. And then there are movies like "Serenity," which are so crazy you almost can't believe they exist, Nathan Weinbender says. Nathan is the Film and Music Editor for the Inlander and a film critic on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," heard Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. here on KPBX.  

Despite its title, "Crazy Rich Asians" is a classic romantic comedy, Dan Webster says in his movie review. 

It received rave reviews at film festivals, it inspired a hyperbolic ad campain, and now it's dividing audiences. Hereditary is a horror film about a family that's already troubled before it's menaced by supernatural visitors, and Nathan Weinbender takes a look to see if it's deserving of all the hype.

There are more prestigious films in theaters right now, but few that are as fun. Upgrade is a hyper-violent sci-fi revenge film about a paralyzed man who becomes a killing machine, and Nathan Weinbender says it's solid entertainment for those who like their drive-in fare extra ridiculous.

According to Dan Webster, the characters in Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying" feel a little too actorly.

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