Nick Schager Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Zaniness has rarely been this obnoxious.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
No Score Yet D-Love (2017) Only the most sentimental of sorts will be able to stomach the sappiness that ensues.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
94% The Shape of Water (2017) Even better than its offhand wittiness, its aesthetic splendor or its shrewd social commentary, however, is its headliner. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
26% The Room (2003) It is, in short, the ne plus ultra of crap. A trash masterpiece.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
92% The Breadwinner (2017) [The Breadwinner] is a harrowing-and spellbinding-exploration of life under Taliban rule.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
92% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman is mesmerizing thanks to Daniela Vega's powerful, award-worthy lead performance.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
No Score Yet Atomic Homefront (2017) A compelling, infuriating documentary about the nuclear-waste crisis taking place in North St. Louis County, Missouri. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
91% Thelma (2017) Enriching Thelma's chaos is the director's refusal to outright censure any of his characters, no matter the sometimes awful choices they make.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
100% Destination Unknown (2017) An accomplished and heartrending documentary comprised of testimony from men and women who made it out of the Nazis' concentration camps, or avoided them altogether by hiding from capture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
84% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's thrilling and touching and absurd, sprawling and intimate and severe, and never less than uninhibited. In short: it's a mad Miike film through and through. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi has transformed Chris Hemsworth's buff, brooding superhero into a comedy god in this highly entertaining threequel.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
81% The Square (2017) Ruben Östlund's ('Force Majeure') latest feature is a blistering satire of the modern art world, and features a sequence that will make your jaw completely drop.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
34% Jigsaw (2017) Jigsaw continues that trend, afraid to reinvent the conventions that first turned the series into a reliable moneymaker.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% The Work (2017) Jairus McLeary's stirring documentary is a riveting account of Folsom Prison's unusual way of rehabilitating inmates: through a group therapy akin to an exorcism.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) The terror and trauma of fleeing fundamentalism is front and center in One of Us, a harrowing new documentary.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
71% Wonderstruck (2017) The only truly amazing thing about Carol director Todd Haynes' children's fable is its wholesale lack of authentic humanity. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
63% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) Unfortunately, the film has nothing much to say other than that the enterprise is inherently complicated - which isn't point enough for 111 minutes of screen time.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) By the time the mayhem truly transpires, Brawl in Cell Block 99 has so well-established Bradley's personality, motivations and rage that the barbarity lands with additional impact. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
63% Te Ata (2017) Lacking both fluidity and complexity, "Te Ata" is a functional but one-note tribute told through educational storytelling that, unlike its subject, doesn't manage to inspire.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) It's a sermonizing work as entertaining as it is informative.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
85% Sylvio (2017) This charming lo-fi indie from actor-director Kentucker Audley and director Albert Birney is attuned to its own eccentric wavelength, equal parts absurd and poignant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
92% Barracuda (2017) Though its slow-burn narrative doesn't pay off in a wholly satisfying manner, this offbeat nail-biter should nonetheless be welcomed by those eager for something off the beaten genre path.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
90% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game ultimately argues that monsters are real, and that they can only be defeated (or, at least, "minimized") through direct confrontation.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Surviving Peace (2017) As amateurish as its 1990-grade VHS title graphics, Surviving Peace is possibly the clunkiest - and most one-sided - film ever made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
73% Last Flag Flying (2017) Led by performances that channel, rather than imitate, their predecessors, Last Flag Flying embeds itself in the prickly emotions that come from facing one's own mortality, grief, regret and military service.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
No Score Yet Prosperity (2017) Little more than a soundbite-heavy platform for its host's pre-existing message.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017) Before We Vanish rejects pat happily-ever-after answers to its dramatic dilemmas. Instead, Kurosawa's alternately amusing, disquieting and moving film recognizes that, when something vital is gained, something else is often lost.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) There are shades of not only Stephen King in Super Dark Times, but also Spielberg, River's Edge and Donnie Darko. Phillips filters his material through a disarming aesthetic.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
100% Boston (2017) Breaking little ground but functioning as a handy primer on the event's century-plus ups and downs, as well as its efforts to rebound from the tragedy that befell it four years earlier, Jon Dunham's documentary gracefully achieves its admirable ends.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
94% Rat Film (2017) [Rat Film] draws damning parallels between how a city handles its rodent problem and its history of racism.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
0% Against The Night (2017) Ranks right up there with the very worst of 2017. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) Employing intimate, evocative aesthetics to amplify their material's heart-wrenching power, the filmmakers craft a harrowing portrait of trauma, bravery and insular societal oppression.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
63% Man in Red Bandana (2017) Despite its frustratingly crude formal construction proves an equally sorrowful and stirring portrait of selflessness in the face of tragedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
55% Elizabeth Blue (2017) Empathetic and yet ultimately too draggy to elicit much engagement with its paper-thin story, "Elizabeth Blue" proves at once well-intentioned and inert.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Twenty-six years later, T2 has lost none of its thrilling power, feminist ferocity, and ominous foreboding-and seen on a big screen, it still puts most of its modern Hollywood progeny to shame.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Consider the action-movie escalation bar raised.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) . . .this Friday brings with it Logan Lucky, a southern-fried caper of virtuosic showmanship that, beneath its easygoing exterior, also succeeds at tapping into larger s...[ END HERE ]ocioeconomic concerns‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
58% Lemon (2017) Beyond deadpan, beyond drollness, beyond absurdity, lies Lemon, a "comedy" so uniquely off-kilter that it's never exactly clear when, or why, one should laugh-and when one does, it often occurs long after a given gag.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
100% The Farthest (2017) It's rare for a film to make one swell with pride about something he or she had no direct hand in, but "The Farthest" accomplishes that feat with aplomb.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower feels as if it's playing by a tired fantasy-movie playbook, right down to its chaotic skirmishes full of anonymous villains and slow-motion acts of badassery.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Horror doesn't get much more paint-by-numbers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
0% Armed Response (2017) "Armed Response" has less story than your average first-person shooter video game - and far fewer moments of exciting action or nerve-wracking suspense as well.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
91% Icarus (2017) For those who cherish honesty, fair play, and upright athletic competition, the film is a must-see exposé about systematic corruption and failure on both sides of the doping issue.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) A formally daring convention-defier that, in ways both bold and subtle, puts most of its genre brethren to shame.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Plays like a misbegotten validation of James', and its own target audience's, Peter Pan complex.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
75% Killing Ground (2017) It works one's nerves over with skill, jumbling up its story's chronology in disorienting ways, and delivering a survivalist saga whose unnerving impact stems in large part from its refusal to shy away from the suddenness -- and ugliness -- of violence.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman's doc is a stirring testament to valor and resolve in the face of tragedy and menace, and a case study in how wars are also fought, and sometimes won, on the battlefields of ideology and images.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Harrelson stares and sneers with fanatical relish, but War is ultimately a two-man show, with Reeves giving the material an aesthetic polish and pulse-pounding energy ... and Andy Serkis again bringing commanding complexity and grace to Caesar.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) At the center of this tranquil nightmare stands Pugh, whose central performance is a thing of beautiful monstrousness.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) It's a film about the universal desire for greater understanding (of ourselves, and the world around us) that itself is, in a sense, incomprehensible. Intrepid moviegoers would be wise to fall under its spell.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017