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Nick Schager

Nick Schager

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
18% Serena (2015) "Considering how well Cooper and Lawrence meshed in Silver Linings Playbook, Serena's inert central dynamic underlines the fact that chemistry is as much a byproduct of directorial stewardship as it is of actors' natural chemistry. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 9, 2015
85% John Wick (2014) "If John Wick is the best looking action film in recent memory, it's also bolstered by a phenomenal cast of actors who, be they in parts big or small, manage to craft three-dimensional characters out of stock archetypes. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Nov 9, 2015
B 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "...a successful bridge between the old and the new, and one that, no matter its emotional slimness, ultimately never loses sight of the fretful angst with which all kids must, at some point, contend. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 7, 2015
4/10 33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "The real calamity is the film's election of uplifting liberal-working-class fantasy over a truly damning indictment of the amorality coursing through current geopolitics. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3.9/10 64% Spectre (2015) "Spectre's dearth of surprises proves a death knell for its drama, since it means that most of what occurs throughout its story is merely filler in service of telegraphed bombshells. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
98% Brooklyn (2015) "Saoirse Ronan makes a grand case for herself as the millennial generation's finest leading lady in Brooklyn, an immaculately crafted, immensely moving character study about a 1950s immigrant struggling to find her place in the world. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
C 19% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "'Jem' has less in common with its neon-drenched '80s source material than with the real-life Internet-to-red-carpet trajectory of Justin Bieber - a similarly generic teen idol with moves dully modeled on superior artistic predecessors. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
C- 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "The film's disregard for basic plot lucidity either stems from contempt for its audience, or from post-production decisions aimed at making something, anything, out of nothing " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Insiang (1976) "Lino Brocka's portrait of familial treachery and societal abandonment channels its melodrama through the filter of neorealism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "To watch Genisys is to see the franchise become a figurative embodiment of the Terminators themselves: convinced of its own superior vision of the future, it tramples upon the dusty skeletons of the forefathers it's slaughtered to achieve it. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 23, 2015
8.3/10 96% Room (2015) "A potentially sensational premise is handled with grace and incisiveness in Room, Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Emma Donoghue's best-selling novel. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
53% I Smile Back (2015) "An atypical serious performance by Sarah Silverman can't salvage this incessantly clichéd addiction drama. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 22, 2015
89% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A Most Violent Year resonates as the rare film to not simply take its superficial cues from The Godfather, but to truly understand its underlying ideas -- and, more impressive still, to re-work them into something thrillingly unique. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 20, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "The most euphoric feel-bad movie of the summer. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 20, 2015
98% Heart of a Dog (2015) "An artist getting lost gazing into the unique composition and character of her own navel. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
77% The Assassin (2015) "[The Assassin] operates as if it were a dream, employing Hou's trademark long takes and unhurried camera movements to lull one into a trance, the better to then deliver thrills through jolts of measured, expertly choreographed violence. " ‐ The Daily Beast
Posted Oct 15, 2015
8.5/10 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Fukunaga's film is thus mired in a hazy, nightmarish fugue of violence and degradation, the director presenting a landscape of hellish depravity and amorality through the eyes of one young boy unwittingly swept up in his nation's insanity. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
69% Miles Ahead (2016) "A biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2015
C 76% Goosebumps (2015) ""Goosebumps," a film that assembles many of the R.L. Stine's most memorable creations with noisy, tossed-off sloppiness. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 10, 2015
100% Junun "An immersive portrait of harmonious dialogue between not only East and West, but also man and nature, the past the present. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2015
60% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "If you can get on its wacko wavelength, it's a uniquely crazed, compelling midnight-movie whatsit. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
85% Steve Jobs (2015) "This is a swift and searing attempt to pull back the curtain on Jobs and, in the process, investigate the relationship between the myth and the man. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 2, 2015
7/10 85% The Walk (2015) "Channeling the spirit of its subject, The Walk assumes a clownish attitude until, during its finale, it switches gears to become a solemn, striking tribute to human ingenuity, ambition and daring. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2015
56% Partisan (2015) "Partisan's lack of interest in providing necessary context - especially about the ill-defined larger society that Gregori rejects - leaves it operating on a hazy psychological level. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015
A- 100% Jag är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words) (2015) "An act of celebratory remembrance that's buoyed by a desire to understand the messy contradictions, motivations, and emotions of its subject, "Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words" proves a stirring and insightful biography of assemblage. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 26, 2015
B+ 86% Microbe and Gasoline "A charming coming-of-age saga in which Michel Gondry channels his usual preoccupations through the prism of a Truffaut-esque tale of iconoclasts in search of themselves and their place in the world. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 26, 2015
D 26% Pan (2015) ""Pan" is a cacophonous assault on the senses, all computerized cinematographic mayhem and deafening noise, and its hurried pace extinguishes any genuine character development. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 25, 2015
C+ 60% The Intern (2015) "Hathaway and De Niro share a serviceable dad-daughter chemistry that makes much of "The Intern" passable. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 25, 2015
54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "Its plot comes across as just a rickety skeleton designed to prop up Sandler and company's litany of cornball punchlines and gags, only a few of which cleverly play off of these characters' iconography " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2015
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) "There's enough fine acting in Mississippi Grind to make one wish it wasn't in service of such hoary clichés and fanciful sad-sack drama. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2015
No Score Yet Sleepless in New York "A documentary study of heartbreak whose empathy is drowned out by its tediousness and obviousness. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2015
C- 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "The specific details about 'The Scorch Trials' world, its protagonist's backstory, and its David-vs.-Goliath plot are of little actual consequence. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C 61% The Cut (2015) "The Armenian genocide and its aftermath are filtered through the eyes of a featureless man in The Cut, Turkish director Fatih Akin's laborious latest. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
No Score Yet A Trick of Light (Gebrüder Skladanowsky, Die) (1995) "An ode to cinema's birth that aims to both set the historical record straight and pay loving tribute to the magical medium itself. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 17, 2015
29% Some Kind of Hate (2015) "Like so much teen-targeting modern horror, it opts for dull angsty brooding over the very sort of grim-and-gruesome sleaziness that might have made its premise interesting. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015
No Score Yet Eden (2015) "A tale of survival that makes you wish everyone involved would quickly run out of food and water. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 14, 2015
B+ 63% The Visit (2015) "Shyamalan has recaptured his knack for tackling big subjects through nimbly formulated genre stories. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
21% The Perfect Guy (2015) "David M. Rosenthal's Internet-age thriller falls head over heels for cheesy cliches. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2015
6/10 71% Wolf Totem (2015) "If it strives too hard for weighty import, Wolf Totem remains an occasionally stirring portrait of Mongolia's wolf population. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
8/10 74% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "For long stretches, Time Out of Mind proves so attuned to its protagonist's haziness and his loud, busy, and yet lonely milieu that it proves a gripping example of experiential cinema. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
C- 17% The Transporter Refueled (2015) "So many amazingly absurd things occur during the course of "The Transporter: Refueled" that it's almost easy to forget that the basic idea driving this fourth installment is itself nonsensical. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2015
2.5/10 36% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) "There's plenty of goofiness to go around in this lavish production, awash as it is in CG sunsets, slow-motion shots of blades and arrows penetrating bodies and necks, and computer-assisted pans around the Silk Road and its surrounding desert. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2015
5/10 24% Before We Go (2015) "[The film] confirms that Chris Evans, aka Marvel's patriotic do-gooder Captain America, is cut out not only for amenable superheroism, but for romantic-comedy stardom as well. Unfortunately, his second go-round in that genre is an uneven vehicle at best. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2015
C- 13% Sinister 2 (2015) "Ransone's tone-deaf performance helps validate this knuckleheaded story's portrait of cinema as a potential gateway to pain and suffering. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 25, 2015
C- 46% No Escape (2015) ""The clunky plotting is matched by the film's pitiful political commentary." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 25, 2015
72% When Animals Dream (2015) "Lycanthropy has rarely been more lethargic than in When Animals Dream, a dreamy Danish import about a young girl who responds to the discovery that she's a werewolf by pouting and brooding a lot. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
C 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) ""Proves to be a film with mood to spare but nothing much to say." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/10 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "It resorts to merely copying numerous genre predecessors with embarrassing shamelessness. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2015
6.8/10 78% Z For Zachariah (2015) "Zobel's preference for long takes that fixate on his cast's faces helps elicit sharp turns from both Ejiofor and Robbie. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2015
50% Sneakerheadz (2015) "Ultimately content to be merely a survey, rather than an in-depth investigation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 5, 2015
60% The Great Man (2015) "This often incisive look at modern identity confusion and redefinition loses its dramatic momentum long before its finale. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 4, 2015
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