Nick Schager Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The Road Movie (2018) Dmitrii Kalashnikov's documentary is a uniquely amusing-and harrowing-snapshot of the lunacy that awaits people on modern thoroughfares and back streets. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) As it stands, it's an efficient, diverting new entry in Neeson's ongoing action canon, albeit one which suggests his He-Man career route has finally reached the end of the line.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
68% Happy End (2017) Happy End finds Haneke back in far more familiar terrain, operating in a wickedly disapproving vein.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% In Between (2018) It's an affecting work that refuses to shy away from the vileness of ingrained Islamic intolerance, all of which, in this case, is targeted at women-making the film something like a wrenching live-action companion piece to The Breadwinner.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
74% Mom and Dad (2018) It's an instantly classic moment of unhinged mania in the Oscar-winner Cage's career.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) Steinberger and Vetter create a haunting atmosphere of mania and madness, as when they transition to photos of Derek and Nancy during Elizabeth's cold, eerie testimony. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
92% Phantom Thread (2018) Daniel Day-Lewis performances are something to be richly savored-and that goes doubly for his turn in Phantom Thread.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
78% Sundowners (2017) The duo come across as abrasive and mirthless; for all their back-and-forths, they fail to land a single laugh-out-loud one-liner or comeback.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
63% 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
92% 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
93% 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
90% 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
92% 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
85% 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
69% 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
70% 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
92% 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
91% 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
74% 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
92% 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
92% 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