Movie Reviews

Movies 101: "The Wolf House" and "Downhill"

Feb 21, 2020
Movies 101
Spokane Public Radio

The 2020 edition of the Spokane International Film Festival opens next weekend, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

From Madonna's "Truth or Dare" to the recent spate of 3D concert films, pop stars have often used non-fiction films as a way to show their supposed true selves. Taylor Swift is the latest, and her new Netflix documentary "Miss Americana" is, according to Nathan Weinbender, part PR strategy, part cultural critique.

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: "Birds of Prey" and Film Festivals!

Feb 14, 2020
Movies 101
Spokane Public Radio

The "2020 Social Justice Film Festival" explores the notion that courage can make a difference, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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

Movies 101
Spokane Public Radio

The Netflix movie "Miss Americana" explores the life and career of Taylor Swift, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Told through technical wizardry and harrowing cinematography, Sam Mendes' "1917" is designed to place you right into the confusion and violence of World War I, right alongside its characters. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at 2020's first real blockbuster, which is also a frontrunner for best picture and best director at the Oscars.

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.

The documentary "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" opens the 2020 Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Movies 101: "1917," "A Hidden Life" and "The Two Popes"

Jan 17, 2020
Movies 101
Spokane Public Radio

Sam Mendes' "1917" is an intense, moment-by-moment immersion into the horror of war, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Movies 101: "Our Favorite Films of 2019"

Jan 10, 2020
Movies 101
Spokane Public Radio

Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life" is a lengthy meditation on following one's own conscience, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Movies 101: "Little Women" and "Uncut Gems"

Jan 3, 2020

"Little Women" provides a contemporary feel to Louisa May Alcott's traditional tale, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

"Cats," the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical inspired by T.S. Eliot's poetry, was a Broadway smash. "Cats," the new movie adaptation from Tom Hooper, is a box office bomb. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at what might be the strangest film of 2019, one that almost needs to be seen to be believed.

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.

"Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker" brings George Lucas's franchise to a so-so close, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

Movies 101: "Streams, Podcasts and Books"

Dec 24, 2019

Movies 101: "Marriage Story" and "The Report"

Dec 20, 2019

In a former time, a film such as "The Report" might have had greater impact, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

It's one thing to reflect on your own troubled childhood, and it's another to make a major motion picture out of it. That's what Shia LaBeouf has done, casting himself as his own father in the new film "Honey Boy," about a troubled actor looking back on his life. Nathan Weinbender says it's a tricky, messy film, but that's part of its impact.

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.

Everyone loves Mister Rogers. Everyone also loves Tom Hanks. And so it seems safe to assume that Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers is a can't-miss combination. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a look at the TV personality's unusual manner of being, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a pleasant movie that also takes some big risks.

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: The Best Films of the Last Decade

Dec 6, 2019

Fred Rogers helps a writer change his worldview in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," Dan Webster says in his movie review.

How does one go about describing the South Korean thriller "Parasite" without giving away its biggest secrets and explaining its unusual tone? It's a difficult film to review, but Nathan Weinbender did it anyway, and it turns out to be one of the wildest and most entertaining films of 2019.

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.

"Ford v Ferrari" is a testosterone-laced look at fast cars and male bonding, Dan Webster says in his movie review.

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