Movies 101 Roundtable reviews on movies from Spokane reviewers Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender, and guests.
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Movies 101

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Roundtable reviews on movies from Spokane reviewers Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender, and guests.

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Movies 101: "Vengeance," "Fire of Love" and "My Donkey, My Lover & I"

Hollywood defines success first and foremost by box-office grosses. But a lot of good films don't make hardly a mark at the bank. This week, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster will discuss three movies that may be small in earnings but are big in quality. First up is the independent feature "Vengeance" followed by the documentary "Fire of Love" and the French-language "My Donkey, My Lover & I."

Movies 101: "Nope," "Official Competition" and "The Gray Man"

It's no secret that we here at Movies 101 central seek out cinema both in theaters and, increasingly, in the comfort of our own homes. On this week's show, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster will be discussing two films that are playing in area theaters and one that is streaming. First up is the latest from Jordan Peele, simply titled "Nope," followed by the Spanish-language film "Official Competition" and the Netflix offering "The Gray Man."

Movies 101: "Where the Crawdads Sing" and "Girl in the Picture"

No literary genre is more overheated than that of the steamy Southern gothic. And when you combine the essentials of that genre with a plucky character like author Delia Owens' Marsh Girl ... well, you're likely to end up with a best-seller. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss Olivia Newman's adaptation of Owens' best-selling novel "Where the Crawdads Sing." Then we'll tackle a Netflix true-crime documentary titled "Girl in the Picture."

Movies 101: "Thor: Love and Thunder" and "The Phantom of the Open"

People think, not unreasonably, of critics as ... well, people who complain. They forget that, first and foremost, at heart we movie critics are movie fans. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies that movie beyond art and fall mostly in the let's-just-have-fun category. First up is the newest Marvel feature "Thor: Love and Thunder" followed by the British import "The Phantom of the Open."

Movies 101: "Cha Cha Real Smooth," "Kimi" and "The Forgiven"

Every week, Nathan Weinbender, Mary Pat Treuthart and Dan Webster discuss movies that usually, but not always, boast some sort of a common theme. This will be one of those "off" weeks. First up, the coming-of-age study "Cha Cha Real Smooth" then the thriller "Kimi" and finally the drama "The Forgiven."

Movies 101: "Elvis" and "Hustle"

Opportunists exists in all genres of art. Some are good, some are bad and – all often – some are both. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies that features opportunists of the first order. First up is the the big-screen biopic "Elvis" followed by the Netflix sport film "Hustle."

Movies 101: "George Carlin's American Dream" and "Fire Island"

No art form is more personal than comedy. Just ask the standup comic Chris Rock. This week, Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender discuss a couple of comedy studies, both now streaming online. One is the HBO Max two-part documentary "George Carlin's American Dream," the other Hulu's narrative romantic comedy "Fire Island."

Movies 101: "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Downton Abbey: A New Era"

Blockbusters come in all shapes and sizes, from action-packed frenzy to upper-crust fantasy. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films, each a prime example of frenzy and/or fantasy. First up is "Top Gun: Maverick" followed by "Downton Abbey: A New Era."

Movies 101: "Men" and "The Duke"

Though overly simplistic, our modern view of stage plays is symbolized by the pair of classic memes, one signifying tragedy, the other comedy. This week, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two movies that, at least at first glance, fall fairly easily into one or the other categories. First up is a curious blend of the serious and the horrific titled succinctly "Men." Following that will be the mostly lighthearted retelling of a serious event titled "The Duke."

Movies 101: "Happening" and "Petite Maman"

For the most part, 20th-century cinema belonged to men. The 21st century? So far, not nearly as much. On this week's show, two films, both hailing from France, that represent a new generation of women filmmakers.