Nathaniel Rogers

Nathaniel Rogers
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Heavenly Creatures, Boogie Nights, Bonnie & Clyde, Manhattan, Persona, The Wizard of Oz, Sunset Boulevard, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Law of Desire, Cabaret, West Side Story, Waiting for Guffman, The Piano, and many more...
Location: New York, New York
Official Websites: thefilmexperience.net

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 73% Destroyer (2018) This is how Destroyer makes you feel: battered, unsettled, and eager to escape despite knowing that that's futile. It haunts. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C- 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) There's not enough invention or material for 91 minutes of this and the only performance that feels particularly inspired here is Maya Rudolph who works her usual 'how-is-she-this-hilarious?' magic. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C+ 88% Colette (2018) Keira Knightley and Dominic West and a solid supporting cast detail the ever widening sexual and social web of this couple but perhaps the project was hobbled from the get go by the strange decision to focus on Colette's early life. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The leading ladies are deliciously inspired, marrying all the disparate tones with as much ease, flair, and detail as the costumes, chic soundtrack, and aspirational production design. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 72% The Children Act (2018) An affecting performances from the always reliable Emma Thompson is the best reason to see this otherwise dry and a bit unwieldy adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) It's a wonderfully weird often surprising movie that is utterly Scandinavian to its bones, but also surprisingly Hollywood in its narrative commitment to the procedural genre. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) [It features] Steven Yeun in a mesmerizingly smart star turn. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
57% That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) That Time of Year is pleasant, if no great shakes, with a few wonderful actorly bits sprinkled across the familiar tears and laughs of families in perpetual love/hate with each other during holiday get togethers. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
83% Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018) In the end I'm not sure the movie amounts to all that much but it's an entertaining watch. And there's not an ounce of fat on it at 97 minutes, so affectionate poisoned kisses to Masset-Depasse and his editors for keeping it tight. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
No Score Yet Fig Tree (2018) Beautifully shot, with two outstanding sequences - one haunting involving a suicidal old man, and one slyly funny in which the family rehearses going through customs - Fig Tree is a fine debut. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% Museum (Museo) (2018) A restless gem. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 96% Roma (2018) Though there is a dramatic story arc, both for the family and for Cleo, Roma functions most superbly as deeply human vignettes of everyday life. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Watch as these two great artists dive in. Oh, the treasures they dig up together. Once the movie lifts off (with this very song) it never meets the ground again. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Everyone hit their marks but the filmmaking never escaped its workmanlike competence to find any inspiration. Still, honestly, I'd watch it again just for Hathaway, and Bullock & Blanchett's decidedly sapphic chemistry. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) You can feel the strain, a bit, for laughs in the first 15 minutes but once you settle into the movie's goofy warmth, and relatively chill vibe (well, as chill as superhero movies get that is), it's quite a fun adventure. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It was lovely to spend more time with these characters and a great moviegoing experience, too, while it lasted. And yet... forgettable? - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Such is the miracle of this movie that I felt pangs of recognition all throughout it even though I am basically the dad's age and not the daughter's, and also not a parent. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B- 40% Mary Shelley (2018) But enough complaining. The traditional approach has its merits. The settings, costumes, and lighting are expressive and the cast is lovely. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
C+ 80% Unsane (2018) Once it becomes a more standard thriller, its sickening jolts have a queasily programmatic aftertaste. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C- 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Hours after seeing it I'd completely forgotten it. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B 91% Love, Simon (2018) The mainstream rom-com genre is vanilla to the core. Love Simon isn't interested in changing the formula, it's just throwing rainbow sprinkles on top. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C- 96% Zama (2018) As it turns out intriguing images, amazing sound design, and formal control are not enough. Especially if your movie is plotty. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C- 15% Euphoria (2017) The story moves from curiously intimate and mysterious but extremely repetitive to utterly unrelatable with its focus on über wealthy people -- a focus that hardly seems necessary given the themes. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B+ 84% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats isn't a comfortable watch but always a compelling one. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 90% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip isn't a perfect movie - it's kind of sloppily made in spots and, like most comedies lately, 20 minutes too long but it's hard to care about flaws when a movie is this much fun and the friendships this engagingly portrayed. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron absolutely slays the role. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Whatever small reservations, this is a rare magical experience aimed at adults and looks and sounds delicious. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B 85% The Wife (2018) [Glenn] Close's opacity as an actress, the unknowability of that glacial face, has often been disguised by her sheer volume and ferocity in so many gorgon roles. Here in Joan's quieter less sinister register, she's spectacular. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B- 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) With its full emphatic score, mainstream genre fusion (tragic romance / crime drama), and enraptured gazing at movie stars, The Racer and the Jailbird is clearly going for Movie-Movie scale - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Both lead actors Géza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbély are resourceful despite inarticulate characters. Before you've realized it, you're deeply invested in their sadness and a potential happy ending. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
C 89% I, Tonya (2018) Watch Tonya be a terrible person and then blame YOU, yes, you, direct to camera for judging her all those years ago and thinking she was a terrible person. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
D- 9% Kings (2018) The most shameful mistake is the bizarre choice to cross-cut back and forth between a violent teenage tragedy and a slapstick comedy scene involving two movie stars MacGyvering their way out of police handcuffs in their underwear. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 96% Western (2018) The ensemble and milieu allow for some wonderfully organic tensions and commentary around masculinity and wanderlust. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) [Kamila] Andini's mysterious movie is ineffably sad but spiritually energizing. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) At 97 minutes the movie is a brisk eccentric historical curio (based on a true story!). But oh how it lingers. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 95% The Breadwinner (2017) Finally this desert fable is another necessary reminder that animation is a medium rather than a genre. It's capable of generating myriad kinds of wonder and has the ability to tell any kind of story. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman has already locked up the Best Actor statue. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
49% Downsizing (2017) It's so singular that you shouldn't miss it. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Even at its bumpiest the movie's brisk pacing and surprising slapstick gags make this a good time at the movies. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B 98% The Big Sick (2017) There's nothing quite like The Big Sick out there, and particularly in these times, there's nothing like a gentle reminder that even across vast differences in cultural values and beliefs, love can conquer all. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
D 18% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch's smug smirk of a reaction to its own sloppiness makes it even more infuriating. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C 93% Baby Driver (2017) For a film that desperately throws everything on that screen, it leaves you wanting quite a bit more. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B- 65% Alien: Covenant (2017) Though Covenant lacks any action scene to rival that thrilling and sick abortion sequence in Prometheus, it's still damn scary a couple of times - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C+ No Score Yet Happiness Academy (Bonheur académie) (2017) Though combining documentary and fiction is a perfectly reasonable approach to this sort of topic -- in fact, in concept I was totally there for it -- the overall feeling Happiness Academy prompted in me was the desire to shout 'just pick one!' - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) The animal backdrop brings first an unexpected softness and then an alien undertow to an otherwise familiar but ever harrowing story. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
C 36% Snatched (2017) Snatched will abandon you as carelessly as it does Linda's cats, and as lost as Emily in the jungle. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B+ 100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) A must-see if you're at all fascinated with globalism and how the world is shrinking. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B- 95% Menashe (2017) Though Menashe is modest in both presentation and power (it's essentially a character study with a very tight narrative arc, 'one week in the life of') it's sympathetically told and occasionally funny and enraging. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 80% Blame (2018) If this confident movie is unsure of anything it's how much of the cleaning to do before the credits and how much to leave for the audience. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B- 89% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) The movie is as tentative as the characters here which leads to two superbly performed beats in [Amy] Ryan's performance. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017