Movie 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.

Northwest Arts Review is just about done packing in preparation for its first vacation in three years, but we're not going anywhere until we welcome Cheryl Coughlin of the Wallowa Valley’s Josephy Center with truly exciting news about that great cultural resource. Plus, a Nathan Weinbender review and a few musical and music-related gems from our first season, including a nugget of wisdom from pianist Stephen Hough and a return visit to a unique Inland Northwest performance space courtesy of flutist Alicia Mielke.  

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. 
 

This week on Northwest Arts Review we take a trip south to investigate the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, back this summer after a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2020. Artistic Director Timothy Christie fills us in on the festival’s offerings and we’ll hear a bit of music from an earlier season that is part of this year’s festivities as well. Also, Dan Webster is by to offer his take on a new pandemic-inspired film, and we’ll have music in and out from our studio, courtesy of pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson-Chen.

"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.

Today, Chris Maccini welcomes Trent Reedy and Jawad Arash, two writers from opposite sides of the globe who are collaborators on a new young adult novel, Enduring Freedom. Dan Webster reviews Without Remorse, the latest Tom Clancy screen adaptation, and we have music from the Girges family, performers in our latest Kids’ Concert.

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.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini welcomes Marnie Rohrholm from SAGA grant awardee, Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, Verne Windham chats with Lieutenant Chris Cornette, leader of the Navy Band Northwest in honor of Navy Week in Spokane. Also, Nathan Weinbender offers a movie review, and Navy Band Northwest has music for us.

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.

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.

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.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we celebrate winners of the most recent SpokaneArts grants as Chris Maccini talks with Ponies in the Park team Mary Carpenter and, Mary Pat Kanaley, and Verne Windham’s guests are Jennifer O’Bannon and Phillip Baldwin from the SYS. Nathan Weinbender offers his insights on an Oscar-nominated film, and we have music from EWU students recorded in our studio.

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.

Today, Chris Maccini has a conversation with author Kate Lebo who, among her many other accomplishments, co-hosts the popular regional Pie and Whisky events. Gonzaga university music student Henry Mauser plays some delightfully gentle music by Domenico Scarlatti for us, and Dan Webster assesses a now-streaming 2019 film he managed to miss the first time around. And, Jim Tevenan investigates a traditional Scandinavian musical meditation called “Looflirpa,” with one of its most enthusiastic proponents, Bjorn Yeshterdeh.

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.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we welcome Karen Mobley, whose paintings are part of a new three-woman show opening soon at Spokane’s Terrain Gallery We’ll also get an update from Art Spirit Gallery owner Blair Williams on repairs to that flood-damaged space. Dan Webster has a review and we’ve got some music from pianist Melody Puller

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.

A recent Golden Globe winner, Lee Isaac Chung's drama "Minari" is also expected to pick up multiple nominations at the 2021 Oscars. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the film, which is a perceptive and moving look at a Korean family living in the American south of the 1980s.

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 caper comedy "Breaking News in Yuba County," now available to rent on VOD, has one of the best casts of recent years, featuring Allison Janney, Awkwafina, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall and more. Despite that star wattage, Nathan Weinbender says it plays like a weak cover version of much better movies.

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.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini talks with professor and author Dr. Anu Taranath https://www.anutaranath.com, latest in the series of Hagan Center for the Humanities presenters at SCC. We’ll also welcome Neal Schlindler, co-chair of the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival that begins next week. Dan Webster is by with a movie review and we have a bit of turn-of-the-(twentieth) century music from EWU.

"Saint Maud" is another in a long string of religious horror movies, but it's one of the more thoughtful ones. The story of a lonely woman whose self-imposed sainthood becomes dangerous, Nathan Weinbender says it's an impressive debut that's now streaming through the cable service Epix.

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.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini welcomes Spokane author, Sharma Shields, I introduce emerging artist Robin Milligan, and Dan Webster has a review a recent HBO offering, The Little Things. In honor of the just past Presidents Day, our music if from the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest.

"The Little Things," now streaming on HBO Max, is the sort of movie that seems like it's going to speed off in unexpected and exciting directions, and then it ends up idling in the driveway. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new police procedural starring three Oscar winners.

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.

"Some Kind of Heaven" is a strange documentary -- part comedy, part tragedy -- set inside what has been deemed the largest retirement community in central Florida. Nathan Weinbender takes a visit to the Villages in his review of this unusual and memorable film, now available as a digital rental. 

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.

On this week's Northwest Arts Review, Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe checks in from Scotland and Chris Maccini introduces us to Seattle-based historian and author Dr. Daudi Abe, one of this year’s speakers at Spokane Community College’s “Diversity Dialogues” series. Dan Webster weighs in on a new Netflix romance novel adaptation, and we’ll enjoy a bit of music form the Spokane Piston and Rotary Cl

ub, too.

In a year with so little big-screen spectacle, the only real superhero blockbuster of the year is "Wonder Woman 1984." The film is streaming on HBO Max through January 24, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a major disappointment following an entertaining 2017 film.

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.

Now's the time of year for reflection, and for movie critics, that reflection involves taking stock of the finest that contemporary cinema had to offer. Nathan Weinbender lists a handful of the best features from this otherwise terrible year, all of which are available to stream on various platforms.

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.

This week’s NWAR includes Chris Maccini’s conversation with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook around the state of poetry in this time of pandemic. Pianist and music educator Jody Graves reflects on her earliest experiences with her instrument, Dan Webster’s offers his take on a new Ryan Murphy film musical, and we get a reminder from James Lowe about a virtual Spokane Symphony performance happening very soon.

Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most versatile actors around, capable of playing campy horror, intense action and serious drama. In "Another Round," he plays a teacher succumbing to alcoholism as a coping mechanism, and his performance carries the film. Nathan Weinbender has the review.

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.

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