The Screengrab

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
Rating Title/Year Author
Drag Me to Hell (2009) Nick Schager A delirious haunted house carnival ride. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2009
Up (2009) Nick Schager Exudes a wit and wisdom that elevates it to the animated adventure apex. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2009
Terminator Salvation (2009) Nick Schager Strives for bleak gravity with misguided fervor. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2009
Jerichow (2008) Nick Schager By protracting his set-up, Petzold ... achieves and maintains an effective level of intrigue. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2009
The Brothers Bloom (2008) Nick Schager Infinitely pleased with its derivative, fanciful writerly convolutions. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted May 8, 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. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2009
Rudo y Cursi (2008) Nick Schager A flagrantly contrived piece of Hollywood-style hokum masquerading as serious drama. EDIT
Posted May 6, 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. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2009
Eldorado (2008) Nick Schager What ultimately prevents Eldorado from generating any serious comedic energy is absurdity ... that feels unduly strained and limp. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2009
The Limits of Control (2009) Nick Schager Plods along with a self-seriousness that borders on parody. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2009
Ghostbusters II (1989) Nick Schager Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2009
Tequila Sunrise (1988) Nick Schager A project with the ingredients for greatness that nonetheless came out half-baked. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2009
Gigantic (2008) Nick Schager A borderline insufferable trifle that dispenses quirkiness with its every gesture and breath. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2009
Sugar (2008) Nick Schager The filmmakers' confidently modest helming ... allows events to feel, if not fresh, then at least real. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2009
Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008) Nick Schager Absorbing yet lacking. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2009
We Pedal Uphill (2008) Nick Schager This collage ... all too frequently succumbs to moralistic clichés, and never coheres into a rousing, affecting whole. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2009
Sherman's Way (2008) Nick Schager Charts the contrived awakenings of two caricatures. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2009
The Trouble With Romance (2007) Nick Schager A Cinemax skin flick without the skin. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2009
Fanboys (2008) Nick Schager Merely an extended high-five to those already in the Skywalker-adoring club. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009