Nathan Weinbender

Sometimes a horror film can get by on sheer chutzpah alone. That's certainly the case with "Malignant," the latest from "The Conjuring" creator James Wan,  which Nathan Weinbender says is rescued by a ludicrous third act twist. It's now streaming on HBO Max.

Nathan Weinbender is a co-host of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

You don't have to look too hard to find serial killer movies, most of which are trash, but "No Man of God" is more thoughtful about the subject than you'd expect. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at director Amber Seale's film, now available as a digital rental, which considers Ted Bundy's crimes in a provocative way.

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic and one of the regular co-hosts of Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
 

"A Quiet Place, Part II" is the first big hit since movie theaters reopened, and Nathan Weinbender says it's worth a trip to the theater. John Krasinski returns as director, in an exciting sequel about the human survivors of an alien invasion.

Nathan Weinbender is a film critic for Spokane Public Radio's "Movies 101" heard Friday evenings at 6:30 here on KPBX.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's been three decades since Martin Scorsese released "GoodFellas," which changed the gangster film forever. Nathan Weinbender takes a look back at the film in light of its anniversary, and it remains the quintessential work by the greatest living American director.

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.

Despite its title, Kirsten Johnson's documentary "Dick Johnson Is Dead" is about one man's life, told by his own daughter and filled with bizarre fantasy sequences, horror movie violence and other strange detours. It's streaming now on Netflix, and Nathan Weinbender says it's one of the best and most original films of the year. 

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.

In 1970, a film version of the controversial gay-themed play "The Boys in the Band" hit theaters courtesy of director William Friedkin. 50 years later, and a new film adaptation is available on Netflix, featuring the cast from a recent Tony-winning revival. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the intense drama.

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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