Movie Reviews

Movies 101: Hidden Gems and SIFF

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"The White Tiger" is an Oscar-nominated look at the revenge of the servant class, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

Netflix's "Murder Among the Mormons" gives another look into the mind of a killer, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

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.

With "The Gentlemen," director Guy Ritchie returns to a film genre he knows best, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"The Father" is a frightening look at the kinds of horror that late-life ills can bring, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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.

"Wandavision" is a mashup of Marvel superheroes and classic television family sitcoms, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

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.

Movies 101: "Nomadland" and "Minari"

Feb 26, 2021

In his documentary "The BeeGees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," director Frank Marshall shows us the trio was more than mere disco, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"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.

Movies 101: "Self and Soul"

Feb 19, 2021

"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a realistic character study of two real-life historical figures, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"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.

As "The Little Things" demonstrates, talent and skill don't always lead to a good screen performance, Dan Webster says in his miniseries review.

Movies 101: "Pretend It's a City" and Sundance

Feb 5, 2021

"The Kid Detective" tells the story of a man who has trouble living up to the potential he showed as a kid, Dan Webster says in his miniseries review.  

"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.

"One Night in Miami" is a powerful look at a meeting between four famous men, Dan Webster says in his miniseries review.

Movies 101: Reaction to Devastation

Jan 22, 2021

In "Pieces of a Woman" Vanessa Kirby plays a woman who responds to a horrible experience by shutting down, Dan Webster say in his movie review.  

"Grizzly II" was supposed to be released in 1983, a killer bear movie featuring a young George Clooney and set at a music festival in Budapest. But it was never completed, until now. Nathan Weinbender looks at a long-lost B-movie curiosity, given a new and totally bizarre lease on life.

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