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      The Screengrab is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nick Schager.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Drag Me to Hell (2009) Nick Schager A delirious haunted house carnival ride.
      Posted May 26, 2009
      Up (2009) Nick Schager Exudes a wit and wisdom that elevates it to the animated adventure apex.
      Posted May 26, 2009
      Terminator Salvation (2009) Nick Schager Strives for bleak gravity with misguided fervor.
      Posted May 21, 2009
      Jerichow (2008) Nick Schager By protracting his set-up, Petzold ... achieves and maintains an effective level of intrigue.
      Posted May 13, 2009
      The Brothers Bloom (2008) Nick Schager Infinitely pleased with its derivative, fanciful writerly convolutions.
      Posted May 12, 2009
      Outrage (2009) Nick Schager By letting others do the heavy lifting, the filmmaker comes off as more than a little reticent, a quality in tune with the overall tone of his latest.
      Posted May 08, 2009
      Star Trek (2009) Nick Schager A largely thrilling surprise, its blend of humor, romance and action so kinetically orchestrated that calling out its shortcomings feels like excessive carping.
      Posted May 06, 2009
      Rudo y Cursi (2008) Nick Schager A flagrantly contrived piece of Hollywood-style hokum masquerading as serious drama.
      Posted May 06, 2009
      Adoration (2008) Nick Schager If Egoyan's elliptical narrative flirts with pretentiousness, the director nonetheless encases his action in an affecting mood of regret and longing.
      Posted May 04, 2009
      Eldorado (2008) Nick Schager What ultimately prevents Eldorado from generating any serious comedic energy is absurdity ... that feels unduly strained and limp.
      Posted Apr 28, 2009
      The Limits of Control (2009) Nick Schager Plods along with a self-seriousness that borders on parody.
      Posted Apr 27, 2009
      Tyson (2008) Nick Schager Ultimately proves too subjective to truly get at the heart and mind-frame of its iconic subject.
      Posted Apr 21, 2009
      Sleep Dealer (2008) Nick Schager Culminates in an unconvincing finale whose hopefulness seems not only fanciful but, when viewed on the story's own terms, woefully short-sighted.
      Posted Apr 15, 2009
      State of Play (2009) Nick Schager Achieves suitably swift momentum, the twists and turns coming fast enough to keep one distracted from the obvious, telegraphed denouement lying in wait.
      Posted Apr 14, 2009
      An Unlikely Weapon (2008) Nick Schager Though Morgan's non-fiction techniques are only serviceably straightforward, the director engagingly makes clear that Adams' most renowned image haunted him but did not, ultimately, define his work.
      Posted Apr 09, 2009
      Ghostbusters II (1989) Nick Schager Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original.
      Posted Apr 07, 2009
      Lymelife (2008) Nick Schager Authenticity is drowned out by an overarching don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover message that long ago lost its luster.
      Posted Apr 06, 2009
      Lifeforce (1985) Nick Schager Frequently outlandish and far from profound, it's nonetheless a box-office bomb that, like its horror-maestro director, deserved quite a bit better.
      Posted Apr 06, 2009
      Tequila Sunrise (1988) Nick Schager A project with the ingredients for greatness that nonetheless came out half-baked.
      Posted Apr 06, 2009
      Gigantic (2008) Nick Schager A borderline insufferable trifle that dispenses quirkiness with its every gesture and breath.
      Posted Apr 01, 2009
      The Song of Sparrows (2008) Nick Schager It's a homily about the ethically and spiritually corrupting influence of the city, and of that milieu's capitalist ethos, straight out of an Industrial Revolution-era sermon.
      Posted Mar 31, 2009
      Sugar (2008) Nick Schager The filmmakers' confidently modest helming ... allows events to feel, if not fresh, then at least real.
      Posted Mar 31, 2009
      Alien Trespass (2009) Nick Schager Merely coasts along limply, lacking ribald tongue-in-cheek humor as well as the unironic self-seriousness that epitomized its spiritual predecessors.
      Posted Mar 30, 2009
      Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) Nick Schager Absorbing yet lacking.
      Posted Mar 25, 2009
      We Pedal Uphill (2008) Nick Schager This collage ... all too frequently succumbs to moralistic clichs, and never coheres into a rousing, affecting whole.
      Posted Mar 19, 2009
      Reunion (2009) Nick Schager A Big Chill-ish enterprise whose serious intentions aren't enough to compensate for the two-dimensionality of its stock archetypes.
      Posted Mar 06, 2009
      Tokyo! (2008) Nick Schager In this surprisingly rich anthology, it's not merely location that proves the primary connective tissue, but a sense of individuals struggling to cope with detachment.
      Posted Mar 04, 2009
      Sherman's Way (2008) Nick Schager Charts the contrived awakenings of two caricatures.
      Posted Mar 03, 2009
      The Trouble With Romance (2007) Nick Schager A Cinemax skin flick without the skin.
      Posted Feb 24, 2009
      Eleven Minutes (2008) Nick Schager A severely limited affair, one whose appeal will likely be relegated to those already familiar with McCarroll's prior escapades.
      Posted Feb 18, 2009
      Must Read After My Death (2007) Nick Schager Intimately, poetically evokes the banal tragedies of one family's 1960s Hartford, CT life.
      Posted Feb 17, 2009
      Two Lovers (2008) Nick Schager Focuses so intently on character details and setting that the gradual development and resolution of the plot seems not rote but fervent, prickly, alive.
      Posted Feb 10, 2009
      Fanboys (2009) Nick Schager Merely an extended high-five to those already in the Skywalker-adoring club.
      Posted Feb 04, 2009
      Medicine for Melancholy (2008) Nick Schager Concluding on a fittingly less-than-happy note, the promising but uneven film knows what it wants to say, if not, ultimately, exactly how to say it.
      Posted Jan 30, 2009
      Serbis (2008) Nick Schager A scraggly, messy, often aimless, and yet consistently amusing and engaging work of black comedy-cum-social-realism.
      Posted Jan 30, 2009
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