The Magic Lantern makes new films available to rent online

click to enlarge The quirky Romanian thriller The Whistlers is one of several films you can rent from the Magic Lantern.
The quirky Romanian thriller The Whistlers is one of several films you can rent from the Magic Lantern.

Spokane's Magic Lantern Theatre has joined the digital rental movement, making a handful of films available to watch online for less than it normally costs to go out to the movies. Half of the proceeds for your rentals go directly to the Lantern, making up for lost revenue while theaters around the world are closed.

Here's what you can watch right now and what titles will be added this weekend; check the Lantern's website for a complete list of streaming links.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band
The Band, one of the greatest roots-rock groups of all time, gets its own career overview, anchored by the memories of primary songwriter Robbie Robertson. Read our review of the film here, and rent it here.


Slay the Dragon
A documentary about the history and process of political gerrymandering, and the activists (particularly in Wisconsin and Michigan) trying to put a stop to it. Seems relevant right now. Rent it here.

The Whistlers
In this twisty Romanian caper, a cop is entangled in a cockeyed heist that involves an anicent whistling language and busting a corrupt businessman out of jail. Rent it here.

click to enlarge The indie dramedy Saint Frances will be available to stream via the Magic Lantern starting Friday.
The indie dramedy Saint Frances will be available to stream via the Magic Lantern starting Friday.

And here's what will be available starting Friday, April 10.

And Then We Danced
Set in the country of Georgia, an allegory of religious differences told through two male dancers vying for a spot in the national ballet ensemble. Rent it here.

Incitement
This fact-based thriller dramatizes the events leading up to the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, focused specifically on the extremism of his killer, Yigal Amir. Rent it here.

Saint Frances
As she nears her mid-30s, a directionless woman snaps into focus when she becomes pregnant and takes a job nannying a precocious little girl. A sharp, surprisingly frank human comedy. Rent it here. (This film is also available to rent through the Kenworthy.)


British director Ken Loach has been telling gritty, working-class stories since the '60s, and his latest concerns a delivery driver and his family struggling in the gig economy. Rent it here.

A non-fiction profile of the late New York Times photographer, whose eye for street fashion influenced trends. Should make a nice companion piece to the excellent 2010 doc Bill Cunningham New York (which is streaming on Amazon Prime). Rent it here.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
A loving documentary portrait of zoologist Ann Innis Dagg, whose studies of South African wildlife paved the way for Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Rent it here.

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Nathan Weinbender

Nathan Weinbender is the Inlander's Music & Film editor. He is also a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, where he has co-hosted the weekly film review show Movies 101 since 2011.