Nathan Weinbender

Movies 101 Co-Host

Nathan is an entertainment writer and film reviewer. He also produces stories and reviews for Spokane7.

The big winner at the box office last week was a mostly silent affair. A Quiet Place, directed by and starring John Krasinski, is about monsters that kill you if you make noise, and the film follows suit. It's also, Nathan Weinbender says, an effective exercise in mounting tension.

More than two decades ago, we were introduced to Lara Croft, the pistol-packing adventurer in the video game "Tomb Raider." She's inspired movies before but now she's back in a gritty reboot, and played by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Nathan Weinbender takes a lookat the new game-turned-film, which he says, is about as much fun as watching someone else play Nintendo. 

Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time has been a kid lit favorite since the '60s, but it's only now made its way to the big screen. Director Ava DuVernay has taken on the planet-hopping sci-fi odyssey, and Nathan Weinbender says it's a refreshingly earnest children's film that works better in theory than practice.

Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of movies to remake, here comes "Death Wish," starring Bruce Willis in a role originated by Charles Bronson. Nathan Weinbender takes a look at the rehashed vigilante thriller, which is no less reactionary than its predecessor and even more confused.  

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now produced eighteen movies, all of them big hits, but none has seemed as seismic as Black Panther. Nathan Weinbender looks at the new cultural phenomenon, about a young African prince and his reign over the prosperous nation of Wakanda.

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