Movie Reviews

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.

After a year without live music, a concert film like "Summer of Soul" seems even more life affirming. Nathan Weinbender reviews the new documentary, playing in theaters and streaming on Hulu, which already belongs on the list of all-time great musical films. 

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: "Black Widow" and "Riders of Justice"

Jul 16, 2021

"The Woman Who Ran" is a deceptive exploration of life's deeper meaning, Dan Webster says in his review.  

It's a distinctly 21st century story -- a viral thread of tweets has now been adapted into a feature film.  "Zola" is a strange hybrid of horror and humor, and Nathan Weinbender takes a look at a movie that's designed to put you on edge but might let you down in the end.

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.

"No Sudden Move" continues versatile Steven Soderbergh's exploration of the neo-noir, Dan Webster says in his 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.

Movies 101: "F9" and "Luca"

Jul 2, 2021

From B-movie energy to James Bond-ish fantasy, "F9" represents what ever-evolving Hollywood has become, Dan Webster says in his review.  

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. 
 

Movies 101: "In the Heights" and Other Movie Musicals

Jun 25, 2021

The animated film "Luca" continues Pixar's exploration of visual splendor, Dan Webster says in his review.  

The Netflix series "Lupin" stars Omar Sy as a modern version of the classic fictional French "gentleman burglar," Dan Webster says in his review.  

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