Movie Reviews

Movies 101: "No Time To Die" and "Lamb"

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The Netflix series "The Squid Game" is a blend of social commentary and Agatha Christie-like mystery, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

In a career of exploring the stories of tortured characters, writer-director Paul Schrader directed his attention toward redemption in "The Card Counter."  

In the documentary "The Lost Leonardo," what value a work of art might have, even if its origin is disputed, is examined by a range of experts, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Whether you think of her as a punchline or a tragic figure, Tammy Faye Bakker makes for a fascinating biopic subject. Nathan Weinbender takes a look through "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," a new biopic with an awards-ready performance by Jessica Chastain.

Nathan Weinbender is one of the film critics heard on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Movies 101: "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and "Cry Macho"

Sep 24, 2021

Sometimes a horror film can get by on sheer chutzpah alone. That's certainly the case with "Malignant," the latest from "The Conjuring" creator James Wan,  which Nathan Weinbender says is rescued by a ludicrous third act twist. It's now streaming on HBO Max.

Nathan Weinbender is a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Movies 101: "Respect" and other musical biopics

Sep 17, 2021

Even if the original Woodstock music festival is viewed more as myth than reality, “Woodstock 99” shows just how far public behavior has fallen, Dan Webster says in his review. 

You don't have to look too hard to find serial killer movies, most of which are trash, but "No Man of God" is more thoughtful about the subject than you'd expect. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at director Amber Seale's film, now available as a digital rental, which considers Ted Bundy's crimes in a provocative way.

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

The screenplay for “Respect” plays out like a mere script outline, until Jennifer Hudson begins to sing, Dan Webster says in his review.

Besides being a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, “Movies 101” host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The Candyman was the monster who inspired a hit 1992 slasher film, and now he's back in a new, more socially conscious film, though Nathan Weinbender says this version's style is more successful than its substance.  

Watching Martin Scorsese’s 2008 documentary “Shine a Light” is one good way to honor the passing of the great Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Dan Webster says in his review.   

Now streaming on HBO Max, "Reminiscence" is a mix of sci-fi and film noir starring Hugh Jackman as a private eye who descends into peoples' memories. It's competently made, but Nathan Weinbender says you've probably seen this exact story before.

Nathan Weinbender is one of the film critics heard on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Movies 101: "CODA," "Beckett" and "Reminiscence."

Aug 27, 2021

"Reminiscence" is a poorly updated version of the classic film noir, Dan Webster says in his review. Besides being a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, "Movies 101" host Dan Webster writes about movies and more for Spokane7.com.

The new film "Annette," streaming now on Amazon Prime, is a show-biz satire, a violent melodrama and a musical with songs by the band Sparks. In case you couldn't tell, it's incredibly weird, but Nathan Weinbender says you should just see it for yourself. 

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Movies 101: "Nine Days" and "Annette"

Aug 20, 2021

"Nine Days" is a cryptic exploration of what a struggle it is to become fully human, Dan Webster says in his review.

Documentaries about conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen, but a new non-fiction film called "Enemies of the State" takes a fresh look at a conspiracy come to life. It's now available for digital rental, and Nathan Weinbender says it's intriguing and frustrating in equal measure.

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

Movies 101: We Revisit 3 Favorite Films

Aug 13, 2021

Nicolas Cage shows up in a lot of movies, many of them bad, and he's usually way over-the-top. But his latest, the offbeat drama "Pig," has him practicing a rare quality -- subtlety. Nathan Weinbender has the review.

Nathan Weinbender is one of the film critics heard on Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101," Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

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