Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers
"Truly, for some men, nothing is written unless THEY write it." - Sherif Ali, "Lawrence of Arabia." "It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself." - Lester Burnham, "American Beauty" "One: never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two: take it outside. Never start anything inside unless it's absolutely necessary. And three: be nice. You be nice ... until it's time to not be nice." - Dalton Voss, "Road House."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 66% Diamonds Are Forever (1971) "Thanks to the clarity and cut of past 007 films, Sean Connery will sparkle forever. But with a dearth of action and only a fat paycheck as motivation, "Diamonds" feels less like a triumphant return and more like a cheesed-up cabaret version of Bond. " ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/5 82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) "An odd interruption in the Bond canon that's neither an unsung masterpiece nor an unmitigated disaster. It's half terrific, half terrible -the former most often when George Lazenby shuts up and Peter Hunt's masterful action instincts take over. " ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2012
4.5/5 73% You Only Live Twice (1967) "What seems like a floundering follow-up to the canned, constrained "Thunderball" rights the ship with imaginative storytelling, impeccable production design and furious filmmaking flourishes that introduce the Bond hallmarks of stunts and spectacles. " ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2012
2/5 85% Thunderball (1965) "Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today. " ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2012
4/5 96% Goldfinger (1964) "Gone is any and all idea of James Bond's vulnerability. However, "Goldfinger" swaps in a gaudier, glitzier subtext directly related to how this blockbuster took aim almost squarely at an American audience. " ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2012
5/5 96% From Russia With Love (1964) "It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best. " ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2012
4/5 98% Dr. No (1962) "In the end, it's more gumshoe mystery than action-adventure and, comparative to almost everything that followed, very low-key. But legends must start somewhere, and looking back at its reminders of how Bond wasn't always "Bond" are fascinating. " ‐
Posted Jun 11, 2012
2.5/5 18% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) "You get the sleazy fatalism you pay for, albeit with production values and scare tactics more atmospheric, restrained and artistic than you might expect. " ‐
Posted May 25, 2012
3/5 57% The Dictator (2012) "Much like "Borat" and "Bruno," people will probably still be talking about "The Dictator" in 10 years. The topic, though, won't be its bold, brazen comedy, but whether it emboldened Sacha Baron Cohen to greater challenges or mired him in mediocrity. " ‐
Posted May 15, 2012
4/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) "The sequel baiting is unwarranted and patently absurd. That's because "Dark Shadows" is best left self-contained and self-assured in its silly-serious storytelling. It's somewhere between a timeless play's tragedy and the punch of a 1970s pop song. " ‐
Posted May 11, 2012
3.5/5 22% The Raven (2012) "Almost by accident amid its many idiotic attributes, it becomes an occasionally mournful tale of the pain and fear that powered Poe's life. It doesn't quite go deeper into his darkness peering. But it's also not a thriller at which you're jeering. " ‐
Posted Apr 27, 2012
3.5/5 38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) "In some moments, "Lockout" seems incapable of writing its own name. And "fun" is not often associated with Guy Pearce. But because he has some, you will, too. This is purely pass-fail territory, so consider it a success by way of social promotion. " ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2012
4/5 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) "In the end, is "Cabin" much more than Whedon and Goddard flexing muscles in mental masturbation? Not really. But watching them pull it off is worth a couple of tickets to their gun show. After all, as one character says, it is cooler with a Merman. " ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2012
2.5/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) "Frenetic and loud can be funny on its own. But it requires either the finesse to be smart about playing stupid or sheer, balls-out craziness. Disappointingly, this has a hard time choosing between destinations and takes too long to find its way. " ‐
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2/5 41% Silent House (2012) "If you prefer vaginal symbolism delivered to you via a blood-gushing urinal, consider "Silent House" your "Citizen Kane." " ‐
Posted Mar 9, 2012
2.5/4 28% Project X (2012) "It is to teen-party films what booting and rallying is to actual partying: Binge. Purge. Repeat, over and over, until a nail-in-the-skull hangover forces you to question whether what seemed fun at the time was really worth it. " ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2012
3.5/5 25% Act of Valor (2012) "The word "propaganda" is a semantic sand trap -deriving meaning as much from our various personal convictions as its literal definition. Instead, I felt like "Act of Valor" was a procedural - a frequently engrossing, recurrently flawed procedural. " ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3.5/5 17% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) "Neveldine and Taylor latch onto Nicolas Cage's spasmodic reverie of elated exaggeration in this wild-hair sequel. His performance is the reason this disposable movie is so entertaining ... and why we shouldn't close the book on him quite yet. " ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2012
1/5 26% This Means War (2012) "Guns fire. Cars careen. Paintballs hit crotches. Reese Witherspoon bugs her eyes. Chris Pine acts like an ass. Tom Hardy looks disinterested. Repeat. Vomit. " ‐
Posted Feb 17, 2012
2.5/5 66% The Woman in Black (2012) "Gaze at sumptuous, macabre production design. Appreciate the ominous atmospherics. But the endless slog of midnights dreary will leave you feeling weak and weary, and it's really just a super frowny-faced, well-mounted Gothic spin on "The Grudge." " ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2012
4.5/5 85% Chronicle (2012) "Calling it found footage is inaccurate and a bit insulting. It never strains under the burden of making you believe what you're watching is true. Instead, this is a compelling character study couched in comic-book wit, color, action and momentum. " ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2012
4.5/5 79% The Grey (2012) "Sure, Neeson stares down Mother Nature and tells the bitch to step. But "The Grey" mostly foregoes machismo for mourning and promotes the value of dying in the company of that which calms us ... even if it's reclaiming a rage to go down swinging. " ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2012
4/5 80% Haywire (2012) "An electrifying film of hand-to-hand combat with spatial clarity, a sensual charge and splendid fight choreography. Simple pleasures, those, but ones rarely found in today's onslaught of CGI-augmented battles and incomprehensible editing. " ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2012
1.5/5 40% Red Tails (2012) "For 35 years, George Lucas has never had to live with the word "no." Unfortunately for the brave veterans whose stories could have made "Red Tails" soar, it shows. The movie's constant strafe of cliches quickly sends it into a tailspin. " ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2012
3.5/5 51% Contraband (2012) "A far more palatable potboiler than what's usually puked up in January, "Contraband" finds Mark Wahlberg transplanting his hardscrabble Beantown ideals to the bayou. The result is a shrewdly efficient, if imperfect and erratic, Murphy's Law thriller. " ‐
Posted Jan 12, 2012
1.5/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) "Despite a handful of fine freak-outs, this exorcise routine rarely elevates the heart rate. And its contemptuous conclusion offers a compelling case for euthanizing the found-footage genre altogether. " ‐
Posted Jan 6, 2012
3/4 59% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) "Although it runs over a few cobblestone potholes, this 'Game' is afoot and affecting thanks to rougher narrative choices, a dynamic performance from Downey and taking a few crucial chances that pay off. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2011
2.5/5 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) "Joost and Schulman's analog hack on the expectation of slow-burn scares is fun in short, concentrated bursts. But by the time cut-rate CGI and musty mythology force their way in, it abides by the same rickety revisionism that did in the "Saw" films. " ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2011
3/4 83% Warrior (2011) "Just enough unexpectedly terrific moments of big-ticket emotion and quiet introspection to make a cliché-barraged first hour and eye-rolling plot turns feel more disappointing. Still, it boasts vivid fight choreography and a trio of top performances. " ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2/4 25% Killer Elite (2011) " "Killer Elite" sticks to the ribs when it sticks to simple skullduggery and Stathamian standards of busting heads. Whenever it strives for warrior poetry, it's more like a Nantucket-esque limerick scribbled in a London pub's bathroom. " ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2011
1/4 4% Abduction (2011) "This may not keep Team Jacob from sharpening its silver bullets, but I went into "Abduction" with no preconceived notions about Taylor Lautner. I wasn't the only blank slate in the theater. I just wasn't the one feebly trying to carry this movie. " ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2011
1.5/4 27% Colombiana (2011) "It desperately wants us to feel for Cataleya's lonely lot in life, especially when it trots out Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt." But if it can't even spell the word "personal" correctly in its end credits, how can it possibly understand the definition? " ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2011
2.5/4 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) "It's got some good performances, stylish set design and piecemeal treats, but they never add up to a cumulative chill. Honestly, the most horrifying thing about it is its use of Comic Sans in the end credits. " ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2011
1/4 44% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) "It certainly arrives hot, fresh and steaming. But that's not deep dish you smell from the summer's worst R-rated comedy and one of the year's worst overall. " ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2011
2/4 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) "Any tears shed during its finale are not entirely without merit. Giving his best performance in five years, Steve Carell certainly earns them. The rest of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." might make you rub your eyes, too. It's just that irritating. " ‐
Posted Jul 27, 2011
2/5 59% Scream 4 (2011) "Although not without momentary charms, "Scream 4" eventually splashes around in a shallow pool of blood -which is precisely what it bags on its peers for doing. As it lumbers to a ludicrous denouement, "Stab 5" starts to not sound so bad after all. " ‐
Posted Apr 18, 2011
4.5/5 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) ""The Lives of Others" as seen through the feel-good filter of "Mr. Holland's Opus" - a struggle of creativity against oppression with more of the merrily made music that touchingly triumphs over adversity. " ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2011
3.5/4 87% Buried (2010) "Rodrigo Cortés's film is rigidly grim and relentlessly discomforting - thanks to superior sound design, creatively claustrophobic camerawork and a one-man-show from Ryan Reynolds, who leaves no room for sarcasm in this sarcophagus. " ‐
Posted Mar 19, 2011
3/4 52% The Next Three Days (2010) "Although no hidden gem, Russell Crowe certainly could've done much worse than filling Mel Gibson's family-man-of-action shoes. And Paul Haggis thankfully shelves his sociology-degree sermonizing for this pure-pulp prison-break thriller. " ‐
Posted Mar 19, 2011
2.5/4 70% Limitless (2011) ""Limitless" really just wants you to go with the flow of the id over ego. In the end, it's a passable, darkly comic pharmacological mystery with visual panache that plays fast and loose, but never boringly, with the "pharma" and the "logical." " ‐
Posted Mar 19, 2011
2/5 56% Unknown (2011) "What starts off as a captivating Berlin spin on "Der Fugitive" turns, boringly, into "Die Bourne Ultimatum" - down to destructive car chases with taxis and a Touareg. The polar opposite of "Taken," it clutters its rehashed concept with too much plot. " ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2011
3.5/5 39% The Eagle (2011) "Before a lame, boilerplate ending, "The Eagle" uses calm interludes and intriguing performances to create character traits and compelling drama about caste systems and camaraderie - not just connective tissue to shattered cartilage or bashed brains. " ‐
Posted Feb 13, 2011
1/4 9% Season of the Witch (2011) "You've seen more convincing medieval performances from guys at Ye Olde Pancake House after a LARP scrimmage. With all the dead birds and fish, this might seem like a timely piece of apocalyptic fiction. But such pestilence is annual par for Nicolas Cage. " ‐
Posted Jan 8, 2011
4/4 64% Zoolander (2001) "Ben Stiller often forgoes go-for-broke comedy for the sake of getting rich. Not so in "Zoolander," which is not only Cuba Gooding Jr. and Billy Zane's best work of the last decade, but what remains Stiller's flat-out funniest film - down to the DVD menu. " ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
4/4 89% Zodiac (2007) "So insistent, and successful, is David Fincher at duplicating real-life hypervigilance that you may try writing a "k" in two, not three, strokes to see the difference - damning and admiring how this indisputable masterpiece drags you down the rabbit hole. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/4 95% You Can Count On Me (2000) "A score of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites befits siblings accustomed to solitude - passages of mourning and joy given life by characters with proper proportions of antagonism and affection. Unresolved yet complete, it's about replacing fear with truth. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/4 96% Yi Yi (2000) "Blending the Coen Brothers' karmic rubicon with Robert Altman's ensemble heart, "Yi Yi" scratches the identifiable itch to reach out for what we've loved, set free and had come back, perhaps still not meant to be: jobs, lovers, freedoms, opportunities. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3.5/4 64% The Yards (2000) "How "The Yards" shifts toward crime drama through character rather than pure plot is hard to disclose without divesting twists. Inspired by real-life scandal, James Gray lets personal insight color Shakespearean shenanigans of privilege, panic and power. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/4 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) "Not for nothing does a "Harold and Maude" poster turn up. Like Hal Ashby's cult classic, Alfonso Cuarón's film offers, to borrow Spanish-language sass, a chingale to horny-teen genre expectations as a story of sex and separation. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/4 98% The Wrestler (2008) "There was no character to root for more strongly in spite of himself in 2008 than Randy the Ram, and "The Wrestler" spat and bled his physical poetry - an elegy of emasculation and exhaustion building, in its final shot, to all the exhilaration he needed. " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3.5/4 82% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) "Ambushing audiences isn't easy for an actor like Anthony Hopkins, from whom we've come to expect shouting routines. But he propels this biopic past familiar fish-out-of-water beats with a vibrant, wily, unpredictable joie de vivre not seen since "Nixon." " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
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