Movie Reviews

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.

Movies 101: A Musical Trio

Jan 8, 2021

Pixar's latest movie, "Soul," is another of the company's touching explorations into the meaning of life, Dan Webster says in his review.

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.

Though it simulates fiction, "Collective" captures a real-life tragedy and the corrupt political aftermath, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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

Movies 101: Our favorites of 2020

Jan 1, 2021

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.

Movies 101: "Small Axe" Parts 1-3, and "The Prom"

Dec 18, 2020

Though cliched and cloying, the stage-musical-turned-movie adaptation "The Prom" offers at least a bit of entertainment in this time of pandemic, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

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.

Movies 101: "Mank"

Dec 11, 2020

With his documentary "My Psychedelic Love Story," Errol Morris continues his quest to explain human behavior, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"The Life Ahead" offers yet another chance to see the great Italian actress Sophia Loren, Dan Wbester says in his movie review.  

"The Nest" is a study of family dysfunction masked as an exercise in domestic horror, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Garrett Bradley's Apple TV+ documentary feature "Time" blends a poignant story with artful filmmaking, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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.

"On the Rocks" is Sofia Coppola's commentary on father-daughter relationships, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

Movies 101: Diversity!

Nov 6, 2020

If you like science fiction, "The Expanse" is a series that should entertain you, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Is Netflix's "Rebecca" the kind of remake that anyone requested, Dan Webster asks in his movie review.

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

Movies 101: Our Most Frightening Movie Moments

Oct 30, 2020

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 his film "The Trial of the Chicago 7," writer-director Aaron Sorkin revisits the turbulent 1960s, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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.

The Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher" is a poignant testament to that which we can learn from nature, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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