Movie Reviews

"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.

Movies 101: Two Might-Have-Been Blockbusters

Jan 15, 2021

A fantastical reinvention of history, bodice-ripper "Bridgerton" is no Downton Abbey, Dan Webster says in his miniseries review.  

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.

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