Movie Review

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.

As a pioneering "Saturday Night Live" cast member and an icon of college campus rebellion, John Belushi was a superstar of American comedy, as well as a drug addict who spiraled out of control. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at a new Showtime documentary, simply titled "Belushi," that digs into his fraught legacy.

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.

Our focus today is music and art in the Lake City, Coeur d’Alene. We’ll visit with Blair Williams, owner of The Art Spirit Gallery and Julienne Dance, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of CdA. Dan Webster offers some cinema wisdom, and our Mozart is from the String Orchestra of the Rockies.

It's been three decades since Martin Scorsese released "GoodFellas," which changed the gangster film forever. Nathan Weinbender takes a look back at the film in light of its anniversary, and it remains the quintessential work by the greatest living American director.

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.

Despite its title, Kirsten Johnson's documentary "Dick Johnson Is Dead" is about one man's life, told by his own daughter and filled with bizarre fantasy sequences, horror movie violence and other strange detours. It's streaming now on Netflix, and Nathan Weinbender says it's one of the best and most original films of the year. 

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 1970, a film version of the controversial gay-themed play "The Boys in the Band" hit theaters courtesy of director William Friedkin. 50 years later, and a new film adaptation is available on Netflix, featuring the cast from a recent Tony-winning revival. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the intense drama.

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.

"Antebellum" is a new "Get Out"-style social issues thriller that wants to be a thoughtful and provocative allegory about the mistreatment of Black people in America. But Nathan Weinbender says it's so structurally confused and lacking in humanity that it just ends up being tasteless.

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.

"The Burnt Orange Heresy," a new art-world thriller available to rent on demand, is -- according to Nathan Weinbender -- just like an intriguing painting on a wall: Depending on how you squint at it, it's either an intriguing allegory about the value of art, or it's merely a silly potboiler. Here's his 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.

New on Netflix is the latest cinematic headtrip from writer-director Charlie Kaufman, a dark comedy/existential nightmare titled "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, Nathan Weinbender says, but fans of the cerebral and strange shouldn't miss it.

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.

Although Nikola Tesla is now a household name, he was nearly relegated to the margins of scientific history. The new biopic "Tesla," starring Ethan Hawke, looks to right those wrongs, and Nathan Weinbender says the film takes a strange and unconventional approach to a story you might already know.

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.

Seth Rogen has made a career out of basically playing himself, but in the fish-out-of-water comedy "An American Pickle," streaming on HBO Max, he takes on a more complicated dual role. It's a new twist in a long career, Nathan Weinbender says, and in a film that's often funny but tonally uneven.

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.

HBO's "Perry Mason" re-creates the story set in 1932 with some much-needed contemporary updates, Dan Webster says in his review.

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

As the pandemic ratchets up again, the idea of escaping to an isolated AirBnb sounds more tempting than ever. But the new horror film "The Rental," about a staycation that turns deadly, milks that premise for all its worth, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a surprisingly effective thriller on a dime.

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. 

Director Kelly Reichardt is known for her deliberately paced, deeply humane dramas set in the Pacific Northwest, and her latest is called "First Cow," the story of desperation and theft in 1820s Oregon. Following a brief theatrical run before lockdowns, the movie is now available to rent on iTunes and Amazon, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a beautiful fable about American history and the majesty of nature. 

When you're watching a documentary, do you ever wonder where the unvarnished truth ends and filmmaking techniques begin? A new film called "Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets," now available to rent through Altavod.com, captures life inside a Vegas bar through unusual circumstances, which Nathan Weinbender says is bound to inspire interesting conversation, possibly over drinks. 

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.

It's becoming less and less likely that we're going to have a standard summer movie season, but that doesn't mean new movies aren't finding their ways to audiences. Two recent releases, the sci-fi mystery "The Vast of Night" and the experimental literary biopic "Shirley," are both worth streaming in your own home theater. Nathan Weinbender says they'll give you a lot to think about.

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.

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