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Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 80% Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Tackling the ravages of time with a rambunctious tone, "Blank" wraps emotional entropy and existential rumination into a clever, conceptual comedy that befits the '90s brethren like "Defending Your Life" or "Groundhog Day" alongside which it stands.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 78% Private Parts (1997) Straddles the line between hagiography and hogwash as expertly as possible. But in between the surplus of hilarity and hokum, it chips away at hard truths about why Howard Stern remains fascinating in an era where ribaldry is a clickable GIF away.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 63% Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) There is, amid the frat-basement scheme, a thesis statement: With every electronic leap forward, the wick on our attention span shortens, blackens, takes longer to spark. In other words, smart about being stupid and stuffed with substantial laughs.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
.5/4 26% Fist Fight (2017) Goes from harmlessly bad to a full embrace of the very aggro-bully mindset some have currently confused for a mandate. It's the cinematic equal to a certain someone's awkward, yanking handshake. Plant your feet firmly against it. Don't get pulled in.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4.5/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Drop the extra hour and it's little more than a concept comedy. Such an edit would also emphasize antics to the detriment of its surgically precise dissection of the maddening complications and contradictions of modern life, work and relationships.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Easily enjoyed as a film in which man-bunned mopes are mowed down - joyfully apolitical, free of social subtext. Yet it's tacky & distinguished, luxuriating in literary allusions & bodacious lacerations like someone chasing a 10-year scotch with PBR.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
5/5 91% Raising Arizona (1987) In their first masterpiece, the Coens first delight with sheer kinetics, then dazzle with colorful colloquialisms & verbal voodoo, and eventually disarm you with the grace and guile through which they examine modern foibles, failures and forgiveness.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/5 43% Gold (2017) McConaughey has again masterfully metamorphosed himself, here into a manic, messed-up noodge. The rest? A neither boring nor bold strain for party's-over socioeconomic satire of "The Wolf of Wall Street" or "The Big Short." Beside those, it's bronze.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4.5/5 97% Safety Last! (1923) Refutes the idea that success and selfishness must be bedfellows, or that to be economically unburdened is to be emotionally uncaring. The idea to continually aspire and ascend propels both the brilliance of "Safety Last!" & Lloyd's enduring appeal.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
2/5 44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Its titular disregard for superfluous words like "The" betrays an absurd number of unnecessary characters with which it's overstuffed and thus rendered a poor man's "Fast Five." Although the series' worst, its dorky optimism is difficult to begrudge.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 4% Arsenal (2017) Obviously and exclusively created for the masochistic community of Nicolas Cage completists, "Arsenal" is far too cut-rate to collect any sort of enduring campy legacy like "Deadfall." But for the often beleaguered actor, it's still good to be King.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Goes beyond calling out prejudice because "it's wrong" and into its willfully ignorant blindness to bigger pictures of potential or accomplishment. It sees how cultural perseverance factors into much larger equations & earns inspirational bona fides.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 55% Broken Arrow (1996) Everything in the Wooeuvre is here and John Travolta acts like a high-school junior getting to play bad for the first time. That's not a knock. For better or worse, "Broken Arrow" embodies everything we expected of American action movies in 1996.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4/5 68% The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) For once, Shane Black's penchant for Christmas isn't merely window-dressing. He understands the holiday's sometimes wearying grenade-shrapnel shell-shock - and how claustrophobically cloistering with loved ones often can only expand the blast radius.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
4.5/5 88% Jackie (2016) The best film about any Kennedy since "JFK." This is not a safe, comfortable, amber-encased reminiscence people may want. It's a mesmerizing, insidious suggestion of how deep the American political rot may run and for how long it has done so.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 73% Sing (2016) At best, "Sing" is a family-pleasing paean to the pageantry of performance. But it gets stage fright when it comes to singing its own tune. You'll wish it could simply sit still a little longer on such joyous moments of song - more Baz and less spaz.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
.5/4 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Will Smith's latest Oscar-chasing provocation of existential platitudes and placating pabulum is trying to be a contemporary "Christmas Carol." Instead, this odious, distasteful drama just winds up emphasizing the "dick" in Dickens.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 87% Sid and Nancy (1986) Even if "Sid and Nancy" doesn't quite represent the imperfect perfection in which punk music so often traffics, Alex Cox's confident visual symbolism -combined with Chloe Webb & Gary Oldman's performances -grant it piercing volume and knotty shape.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 60% Allied (2016) Like "What Lies Beneath," another Zemeckis genre programmer that digs into ideas of intimate betrayal but with superior results. He sacrifices his usual brand of burnished gentleness and wowing spectacle for something gruff, grim and sometimes gory.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Ostensibly an alien story, "Arrival" tackles, with confidence and clarity, conflict in whether mankind will acquiesce or aggress, come together or cloister tighter, compromise or collapse. Here is a masterwork of both the moment and the millennium.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 64% From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Still sizzles like a capsaicin-spiked grindhouse meatloaf baked and served just under the wire of its sell-by date.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
2.5/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Too much champagne, not enough supernova.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
1/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The worst movie Tom Cruise has ever made. Sadder still: He knows it.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Embraces its idiosyncratic and icy reserve before immolating it with a four-blowtorch attack of dopey sentiment, clunky exposition, unsurprising "surprises" and illogical twists. After 128 minutes, the promising setup feels four films ago.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
4.5/5 96% Big Night (1996) It will send your salivary glands into Tex Avery territory, but "Big Night" is layered with the delicacy, care & closely guarded alchemy of a family recipe - evolving beyond food as emotional or communicative currency into something more bittersweet.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) It's often easy to zone out early, but let the weight of the math behind the numbers hit you relative to the lives lost - danger, devastation and death due to worry about a one-millionth profit percentage. That, and the second act's fury, floors you.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) (1986) Umberto Eco seems unduly dismissive of a film that had to excise his postmodern trappings and scholarly sidebars. But it hasn't just been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, albeit in a streamlined way, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/5 59% War Dogs (2016) There's no "Gimme Shelter," but "War Dogs" feels like a sort of Martin Scorsese LEGO set down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Were it not for Hill's slyly physical performance, the film would be utterly useless.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
5/5 82% Sausage Party (2016) Cranks the absurdity of the narrative and the anxieties in frightening, analogous real-world neuroses we cling to long past sell-by dates. Sounds like a harshed mellow, but the whole thing is stoned immaculate. Your body will hurt from laughing.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Like watching three NBA All-Stars, whom you know haven't lost a step, return to the court and perform nothing but three-man weave drills. Worse yet, it actively undoes everything about Bourne that elevated him above an amnesiac, ass-beating cipher.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
4.5/5 88% Something Wild (1986) Radiantly human even as, and after, it erupts in violence and rage, "Something Wild" remains an astonishing rarity - a bittersweet romantic tragicomedy that's generally optimistic ... but also hesitant and harmful exactly where it needs to be.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
4.5/5 85% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) As generously global as it is intensely introspective, this is the finest pure-music documentary since 2012's "A Band Called Death." A splendid look at the happy accidents, and intentional elation, found in a fermata of fertile creativity.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
3.5/5 55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Continues to tap into very believable oppression and outrage, and the outer limit of how greatly you might lay your body down for a platform and a person. A natural endpoint offering far tougher face-offs against real-world ideas than you may expect.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 42% The Phantom (1996) Maybe "The Phantom" would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic. Supertitles. Narrators. Melodramatic music. Cheesy? Sure, but bravely so, in a way that would make it a bold outlier rather than a mostly blasé casualty.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
2.5/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Whatever enjoyment you find is more of an OK-fine white flag than a willful surrender to masterful spectacle. Though consistently slick, the visual effects in "Independence Day: Resurgence" boast all the awe and wonder of a software upgrade. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
1.5/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) A character in "Now You See Me 2" calls Macau "the Vegas of Asia." Consider this, then, the Fremont Street of sequels: a curiosity whose novelty fades fast and only gets cheesier, sadder and more shamelessly desperate to please the longer you linger.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
4.5/5 87% Flirting With Disaster (1996) An immaculately constructed Rube Goldberg device that accumulates comic energy and speed as it reaches its finale, built from social and emotional hypocrisies we use to try and paper over our vices. It's what Russell does now, only far less serious.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
4.5/5 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Ultimately, "Popstar" and the Lonely Island tip more sacred cows than they slaughter, but their approach absolutely fits the material. This isn't a satire of the way we live now, but it's a wise, wicked and funny satire of the way we leisure now.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/5 31% Wise Guys (1986) It's tempting to dismiss "Wise Guys" as a pointless, ill-advised forebear to "Dumb and Dumber." But even if only for an act, you sense De Palma striving for more artful zaniness a la the Marx Brothers or a grimmer side of the Ealing Comedy spectrum.‐
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
4/5 70% Highlander (1986) Before it came to a thudding halt with a craven, creatively bankrupt franchise cash-grab, the rich world of "Highlander" - in all its bombast and bereavement - was, and is, worth getting lost in for two hours.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2016
1.5/5 30% Black Moon Rising (1986) One long, fuel economy-eroding idle before a mildly interesting vehicle stunt. For all its potential, "Black Moon Rising" only proves history's deep, dark cracks are there for a reason and some movies are fated to fall into them at 325 miles an hour.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
1.5/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Profoundly unfunny. Ferrell and Wiig work their usual weird, wacky magic together. But even they take on the sad desperation of EMTs who are wielding defibrillators that have, like the Blue Steel-lipped corpse beneath them, expired a long time ago.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Condensed in clever ways that meet standards of class commentary set forth by both Austen and Romero, however dissimilar their methods. These two great tastes may not taste great together per se. But it's worth taking down an entire box just once.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 79% Beautiful Girls (1996) Does "Beautiful Girls" philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a Counting Crows lyric from "Mr. Jones?" Maybe not. But there's a barroom eloquence, bottle-bottomed anxiety and stumblebum sadness to it that lingers in its bones.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) This may sound like a work of novelty animation or perhaps a novella of an idea for Kaufman. But here is an acridly funny, achingly resonant and meticulously constructed film about emotional insecurity, delusional envy and the myopia of loneliness.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
4/5 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Bay seems enraged by the military-industrial complex you'd expect him to embrace. It feels like a major tipping point. It also still feels like a Michael Bay movie. But his occasional excesses don't overwhelm an otherwise raw, ragged, merciless film.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/5 81% The Revenant (2015) A coonskin-cap "Saving Private Ryan" opening suggests a compelling confluence of Michael Mann and John McTiernan. Instead, this becomes a long - insufferably long - day's journey into night, indulging Iñárritu's intrusive filmmaking more than usual. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
5/5 86% Heat (1995) Ominous, operatic, often emulated but never equaled. This is go-for-broke, GOAT-level filmmaking - not only upending expectations but exceeding them with unanticipated success in its elegant, exciting examination of existential and emotional entropy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
4.5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) This is Quentin Tarantino's bleakest vision yet -a bit unruly and untidy but unforgettable because it's the filmmaker at his angriest and most ambitious. It's an enraged fireside chat and a tremendously entertaining, caustically humorous Western. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
4.5/5 94% Carol (2015) Todd Haynes' most rapturous, riveting film in two decades. An exquisite romance of both gossamer beauty and gargantuan emotions, propelled by two of the year's best female performances and a synesthetic symbiosis between its cinematography and score.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015