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+ 100% Changing the Game (2019) While I've never been into sports, it's hard not to root for a sports doc which tells its stories with such sensitivity while embodying good sportmanship. Changing the Game is eager to play but wins or loses with passion, sensitivity, and class. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
A 95% In the Heights (2021) Most importantly Chu and his expert craftsmen delicately but boisterously balance the entire movie on a highwire between realism and surrealism where dramatic musicals can best thrive. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
B- 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) This movie is so cute/fun but the script is in dire need of some editing. It is two full hours long and it's so repetitive. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
C+ 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) It's a fun recurring visual motif but also damning because this movie can't measure up to the classics it references. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
B 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Nicolas Hoult and Adian Gillen are truly threatening antagonists; Jon Bernthal and Medina Senghore are solidly compelling as a hard-to-kill spouses; and 15 year old Australian actor Finn Little is remarkable and best in show. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
D+ 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat doesn't have many visual thrills and has a visibly smaller budget but a few individual beats within the fight setpieces are gorey fun if you're into that. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
C 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs Kong employs a lot of fine actors doing very obvious paycheck-only work -- nobody is even half as affecting within the entire running time as, say, Juliette Binoche was in a single closeup in the first movie. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
B- 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) The motivations and agendas of the warring characters were nicely complex which is rare for an animated feature. Awkwafina does quite funny if anachronistically contemporary voice work as the dragon. Yet something about it felt soulless. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
B+ 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) You're reminded of all this family lost and how resilient they always were during a pulse-pounding action sequence. He's really quite a good action/thriller director. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
C+ 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Pity that the climax isn't as scary as the opening since the movie feels frontloaded as a result. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
B+ 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Kristen Wiig is a quadruple threat here as producer/co-writer/and double-dipped in acting (hero & villain) and continues to be a national treasure. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
A- 97% The Human Voice (La Voz Humana) (2020) Tilda brings entirely different, more cerebral energy to the material than Pedro's usual muses. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
A- 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Boseman is a marvel from his high-spirited intro, shoes first, to his shockingly vulnerable confession monologue, to his rage against both the white man and God, and on through to his inevitable exhausted defeat. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
C+ 55% The Prom (2020) It's a lot to balance and the balance is off. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B 62% French Exit (2021) French Exit is the kind of film that becomes more and more enjoyable as it goes -- the first half is sluggish but the momentum is real in the second half as things get increasingly odd. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) The director's keen visual eye does a fine job of navigating said chaos, though, Lacôte finds numerous ways to "see" the story, which adds to playful layering. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
A 98% Minari (2020) Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung has crafted a wonderful confident picture from his own memories of his childhood and he's done so without treacly sentiment despite an obviously huge heart. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
B 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Let's just say that the film has a good deal of fun shuffling its chess players around the board. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B- 71% The Aeronauts (2019) Credit the still-lovely but flexible chemistry of Redmayne and Jones for keeping the movie aloft even as frequent choppy flashbacks and clunky script-choices threaten to deflate the whole thing. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C- 30% Red Joan (2019) The lead actresses are both solid but the direction by Trevor Nunn is dull. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Though it takes far too long to get going (the early scenes are needlessly repetitive and this would have been sharper as a 140 minute movie or somesuch), once it's up and running it's full of thrills. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
D+ 57% Aladdin (2019) The design is gawdy without the joy of camp. The pacing is manic. The editing is bizarre. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B 97% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Though indulgently violent and rather broad at all times, it's consistently exciting due to the premise and the charismatic star turn, - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ 95% Atlantics (2019) You'll want to fantasize about what other entirely unique films this young female auteur might dream up? We must believe there's a very bright future ahead for her. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B 94% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) Writer/Director Hylnur Palmason... makes stylish choices in his film's rhythms and imagery, both to add meditative chills, and artfully suggest passages of time where nothing much changes. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ 80% Instinct (2019) Carice Van Houten stars and stuns as Nicoline, a troubled psychotherapist working in a rehabilitation program at a prison. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ 89% Ema (2019) Though the plotting can feel like a series of sick jokes stretched out to feature length, the sound and performances and the cinematography in particular (incredible work from Sergio Armstrong) all mesmerize. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
C 69% Disco (2019) Disco is far too repetitive and its point of view remains as opaque as Mirjam's psychology. It's not enough, always, to merely observe. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
100% Colewell (2019) While it's definitely purely niche in its appeal - it is tranquil, to a fault - but it has an unmistakably cumulative poetic beauty. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
82% To the Stars (2020) There's something about the contemporary female point of view married to the black and white visuals that spark this one to entertaining life. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
D+ 69% My Zoe (2021) The mild sci-fi elements (it takes place in the near future) provide some Act Two interest but unfortunately very little pays off, especially given its tonally questionable ending. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B- 83% Proxima (2019) It was wonderful to see images of a woman being excellent at her job and her daughter looking on with love/admiration. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ 91% Bombay Rose (2019) Unfortunately the story is lacking. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 64% Hope Gap (2020) A satisfying watch with a lovely cinematic ending though its apt to get dinged for being too stagebound. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Maggie Gyllenhaal is terrific and troubling (no surprise. That's kind of her thing) as a teacher who becomes obsessed with a student. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Tense, twisty, and provocative. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
94% Transit (2019) [Director Christian] Petzold's best move in Transit is displacing us in time. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) If you care about animal rights or love amazing underwater footage (guilty on both counts!) Sharkwater Extinction is a must-see. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
No Score Yet Frágil equilibrio (2016) A beautiful engaging meditation. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) In short, there is little reason for it to exist since it doesn't move the series forward but rather backward to try and reinvigorate / update a 35 year-old franchise. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Maleficent 2 is weirdly memorable with strange visual choices, great costumes, and two true movie stars giving each other the stink eye. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi pulls off the tricky black humor tone and absurdist child's-eye-view of Nazi era Germany and cults of hate. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 73% Harriet (2019) Harriet suffers from no clear shaping and an inability to sit still long enough to be stirring. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
A 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) [Marielle] Heller is one of our greatest working directors. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ 76% Papi Chulo (2019) I wish the movie were more successful as its chosen and worthy topic but it does get distracted and distracting while attempting to dramatize cross cultural divides especially when it tries for comic beats. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nevertheless I mostly enjoyed myself though this installment definitely lacks for personality. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It was fun while it lasted but it's the first Toy Story movie to evaporate in the memory quickly after watching it. Which means it's the first non-essential entry. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's much fun to be had here and Tom Holland continues to make the perfect Spidey. So why does it feel so insubstantial? - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C 53% Tell It to the Bees (2019) It's kind of adorable, though, even when it's... qualitatively questionable. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 42% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita and Virginia also affords us the chance to watch smart women banter, philosophize, argue, and aggressively pursue their own desires, leaving the men to play the supportive worrying spouse for a change. - The Film Experience EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019