Movie Reviews

Movies 101: "Goodfellas" 30th Anniversary

Oct 2, 2020

The Apple TV movie "Greyhound" is a thrilling throwback to war films of the past, Dan Webster says in his film review.  

"Antebellum" is a new "Get Out"-style social issues thriller that wants to be a thoughtful and provocative allegory about the mistreatment of Black people in America. But Nathan Weinbender says it's so structurally confused and lacking in humanity that it just ends up being tasteless.

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.

"The Social Dilemma" argues that what's wondrous about the Internet is also a pleasure trap for the senses, Dan Webster says in his review.  

"The Burnt Orange Heresy," a new art-world thriller available to rent on demand, is -- according to Nathan Weinbender -- just like an intriguing painting on a wall: Depending on how you squint at it, it's either an intriguing allegory about the value of art, or it's merely a silly potboiler. Here's his 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.

Beginning as a lark, "The Mole Agent" evolves into a moving portrait of what it means to grow old, Dan Webster says in his review.  

New on Netflix is the latest cinematic headtrip from writer-director Charlie Kaufman, a dark comedy/existential nightmare titled "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, Nathan Weinbender says, but fans of the cerebral and strange shouldn't miss it.

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.

Although Nikola Tesla is now a household name, he was nearly relegated to the margins of scientific history. The new biopic "Tesla," starring Ethan Hawke, looks to right those wrongs, and Nathan Weinbender says the film takes a strange and unconventional approach to a story you might already know.

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.

Charlie Kaufman's "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" takes us on a trek through a few fevered minds, Dan Webster says in his review.  

"Project Power," now streaming on Netflix, imagines a world where a street drug gives temporary superpowers to anyone who takes it. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the new big-budget thriller, which bogs down a terrific premise with mostly predictable action.  

In "Desert One," documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple gives us the inside story of a failed U.S. military mission, Dan Webster says in his review.

Movies 101: "Forgotten Treasures and Hidden Gems"

Aug 28, 2020

The documentary "Boys State" gives a view of how politics so often resorts to the winning-is-everything plan, Dan Webster says in his review.  

Seth Rogen has made a career out of basically playing himself, but in the fish-out-of-water comedy "An American Pickle," streaming on HBO Max, he takes on a more complicated dual role. It's a new twist in a long career, Nathan Weinbender says, and in a film that's often funny but tonally uneven.

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.

Marjane Satrapi's "Radioactive" tells the real story of the woman who discovered radium, Dan Webster says in his review.

HBO's "Perry Mason" re-creates the story set in 1932 with some much-needed contemporary updates, Dan Webster says in his review.

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

As the pandemic ratchets up again, the idea of escaping to an isolated AirBnb sounds more tempting than ever. But the new horror film "The Rental," about a staycation that turns deadly, milks that premise for all its worth, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a surprisingly effective thriller on a dime.

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. 

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" documents the price that many, but especially one writer, paid for a killer's twisted obsessions, Dan Webster says in his review.

Director Kelly Reichardt is known for her deliberately paced, deeply humane dramas set in the Pacific Northwest, and her latest is called "First Cow," the story of desperation and theft in 1820s Oregon. Following a brief theatrical run before lockdowns, the movie is now available to rent on iTunes and Amazon, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a beautiful fable about American history and the majesty of nature. 

"First Cow" isn't just another somber life study by writer-director Kelly Reichardt, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

"The Truth" features two great French actresses playing a combative mother and daughter, Dan Webster says in his movie review.  

When you're watching a documentary, do you ever wonder where the unvarnished truth ends and filmmaking techniques begin? A new film called "Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets," now available to rent through Altavod.com, captures life inside a Vegas bar through unusual circumstances, which Nathan Weinbender says is bound to inspire interesting conversation, possibly over drinks. 

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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