Movie Reviews

"When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" is a child's-eye view of how a Jewish family negotiates World War II, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Movie theaters are open again, which means a deluge of delayed blockbusters is about to take over local multiplexes. Nathan Weinbender went back to the big screen to check out "Wrath of Man," a surprisingly original and properly brutal thriller from director Guy Ritchie.

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.

Movies 101: "Wrath of Man" and "Monster"

May 14, 2021

"Without Remorse" is another Tom Clancy action film, though this one wastes the talents of its lead actor, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Sometimes multiple new movies coincidentally explore similar themes in similar locales, and this week Nathan Weinbender takes a look at two films -- the drama "Stowaway" and the futuristic thriller "Voyagers" -- that just happen to be set in space. Both are now streaming.

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.

"Limbo" makes the immigrant experience into a bizarre, near-surrealistic experience, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Movies 101: "Wolfwalkers" and The Oscars

Apr 30, 2021

The Showtime series "Couples Therapy" gives a serious meaning to the term "reality TV," Dan Webster says in his review.  

The 2021 Oscars ceremony is set to be held this coming Sunday night, with "Nomadland" the frontrunner for Best Picture. But of all the high-profile titles up for awards, Nathan Weinbender says the category for best documentary is one of the richest of the evening. He runs down all five nominees.

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: "Nobody" and more SIFF selections

Apr 23, 2021

"Nobody" is either the best, or the worst, representation of America at the moment, Dan Webster says in his review.  

As with most events in this first half of the year, the 47th edition of the Seattle International Film Festival is currently underway via virtual channels. Nathan Weinbender has been watching movies and is listing some of the best, including a few set in the Inland Northwest.

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.

Movies 101: "The White Tiger" and "The Mauritanian"

Apr 16, 2021

The three-part Public Television documentary "Hemingway" takes a Ken Burns-type look at the legendary American writer, Dan Webster says in his review.  

One of the most nominated movies at the upcoming Academy Awards, "The Father" is a harrowing and empathetic look at dementia. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the acclaimed movie, now available as a digital rental, with a career-best performance from Anthony Hopkins.

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: Hidden Gems and SIFF

Apr 9, 2021

"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.  

Movies 101: "The Father," and Anthony Hopkins

Apr 2, 2021

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.

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