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Nathaniel Rogers

Nathaniel Rogers
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 74% Papi Chulo (2019) I wish the movie were more successful as its chosen and worthy topic but it does get distracted and distracting while attempting to dramatize cross cultural divides especially when it tries for comic beats.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nevertheless I mostly enjoyed myself though this installment definitely lacks for personality. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It was fun while it lasted but it's the first Toy Story movie to evaporate in the memory quickly after watching it. Which means it's the first non-essential entry. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's much fun to be had here and Tom Holland continues to make the perfect Spidey. So why does it feel so insubstantial?‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C 49% Tell It to the Bees (2019) It's kind of adorable, though, even when it's... qualitatively questionable.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita and Virginia also affords us the chance to watch smart women banter, philosophize, argue, and aggressively pursue their own desires, leaving the men to play the supportive worrying spouse for a change.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's impossible to imagine it having been made by anyone else. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Women and fans of female heroes deserved better than Captain Marvel (a mediocre entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) but there's no denying that it's rousing to see a woman triumph within the context of this heretofore excessively masculine universe. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B- 60% Charlie Says (2019) While Charlie Says doesn't measure up to Harron's best work, it's nevertheless an intermittently absorbing and unexpected angle from which to try to comprehend this incomprehensibly tragic chapter in American history. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
96% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Because the dialogue is more casual and realistic than plot driven or expository, Alves trusts his actors to sell the interpersonal drama and lived-in quality that makes the film so charming... It's trust that's rewarded because the cast is wonderful. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
95% Aladdin (1992) Aladdin is essentially two love stories in one, Aladdin and Jasmine get the riding off into the sunset / final kiss image but Aladdin and the Genie's love story is the emotional climax. It's so sweet.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Sophie Turner does what she can with her undermotivated central part, but there's no magic in the performance to save the movie from itself.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
A- 89% Rocketman (2019) Still, it's a grand entertainment despite the traditional rise to fame - get messed up on drugs narrative. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B+ 74% Destroyer (2018) This is how Destroyer makes you feel: battered, unsettled, and eager to escape despite knowing that that's futile. It haunts.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C- 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) There's not enough invention or material for 91 minutes of this and the only performance that feels particularly inspired here is Maya Rudolph who works her usual 'how-is-she-this-hilarious?' magic.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C+ 87% Colette (2018) Keira Knightley and Dominic West and a solid supporting cast detail the ever widening sexual and social web of this couple but perhaps the project was hobbled from the get go by the strange decision to focus on Colette's early life.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 85% A Simple Favor (2018) The leading ladies are deliciously inspired, marrying all the disparate tones with as much ease, flair, and detail as the costumes, chic soundtrack, and aspirational production design.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 73% The Children Act (2018) An affecting performances from the always reliable Emma Thompson is the best reason to see this otherwise dry and a bit unwieldy adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) It's a wonderfully weird often surprising movie that is utterly Scandinavian to its bones, but also surprisingly Hollywood in its narrative commitment to the procedural genre.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) [It features] Steven Yeun in a mesmerizingly smart star turn. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
57% That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) That Time of Year is pleasant, if no great shakes, with a few wonderful actorly bits sprinkled across the familiar tears and laughs of families in perpetual love/hate with each other during holiday get togethers.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
78% Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018) In the end I'm not sure the movie amounts to all that much but it's an entertaining watch. And there's not an ounce of fat on it at 97 minutes, so affectionate poisoned kisses to Masset-Depasse and his editors for keeping it tight.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
83% Fig Tree (2018) Beautifully shot, with two outstanding sequences - one haunting involving a suicidal old man, and one slyly funny in which the family rehearses going through customs - Fig Tree is a fine debut. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% Museum (Museo) (2018) A restless gem. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 96% Roma (2018) Though there is a dramatic story arc, both for the family and for Cleo, Roma functions most superbly as deeply human vignettes of everyday life.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Watch as these two great artists dive in. Oh, the treasures they dig up together. Once the movie lifts off (with this very song) it never meets the ground again.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Everyone hit their marks but the filmmaking never escaped its workmanlike competence to find any inspiration. Still, honestly, I'd watch it again just for Hathaway, and Bullock & Blanchett's decidedly sapphic chemistry. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) You can feel the strain, a bit, for laughs in the first 15 minutes but once you settle into the movie's goofy warmth, and relatively chill vibe (well, as chill as superhero movies get that is), it's quite a fun adventure. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) It was lovely to spend more time with these characters and a great moviegoing experience, too, while it lasted. And yet... forgettable? ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
A 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Such is the miracle of this movie that I felt pangs of recognition all throughout it even though I am basically the dad's age and not the daughter's, and also not a parent. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B- 39% Mary Shelley (2018) But enough complaining. The traditional approach has its merits. The settings, costumes, and lighting are expressive and the cast is lovely.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
C+ 80% Unsane (2018) Once it becomes a more standard thriller, its sickening jolts have a queasily programmatic aftertaste.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C- 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Hours after seeing it I'd completely forgotten it. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B 92% Love, Simon (2018) The mainstream rom-com genre is vanilla to the core. Love Simon isn't interested in changing the formula, it's just throwing rainbow sprinkles on top. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
C- 96% Zama (2018) As it turns out intriguing images, amazing sound design, and formal control are not enough. Especially if your movie is plotty. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
C- 19% Euphoria (2019) The story moves from curiously intimate and mysterious but extremely repetitive to utterly unrelatable with its focus on über wealthy people -- a focus that hardly seems necessary given the themes.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B+ 85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats isn't a comfortable watch but always a compelling one.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 91% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip isn't a perfect movie - it's kind of sloppily made in spots and, like most comedies lately, 20 minutes too long but it's hard to care about flaws when a movie is this much fun and the friendships this engagingly portrayed.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron absolutely slays the role.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B+ 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Whatever small reservations, this is a rare magical experience aimed at adults and looks and sounds delicious.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
B 85% The Wife (2018) [Glenn] Close's opacity as an actress, the unknowability of that glacial face, has often been disguised by her sheer volume and ferocity in so many gorgon roles. Here in Joan's quieter less sinister register, she's spectacular.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B- 37% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) With its full emphatic score, mainstream genre fusion (tragic romance / crime drama), and enraptured gazing at movie stars, The Racer and the Jailbird is clearly going for Movie-Movie scale‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Both lead actors Géza Morcsányi and Alexandra Borbély are resourceful despite inarticulate characters. Before you've realized it, you're deeply invested in their sadness and a potential happy ending.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
C 89% I, Tonya (2018) Watch Tonya be a terrible person and then blame YOU, yes, you, direct to camera for judging her all those years ago and thinking she was a terrible person. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
D- 13% Kings (2018) The most shameful mistake is the bizarre choice to cross-cut back and forth between a violent teenage tragedy and a slapstick comedy scene involving two movie stars MacGyvering their way out of police handcuffs in their underwear. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 96% Western (2018) The ensemble and milieu allow for some wonderfully organic tensions and commentary around masculinity and wanderlust. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) [Kamila] Andini's mysterious movie is ineffably sad but spiritually energizing.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) At 97 minutes the movie is a brisk eccentric historical curio (based on a true story!). But oh how it lingers.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 95% The Breadwinner (2017) Finally this desert fable is another necessary reminder that animation is a medium rather than a genre. It's capable of generating myriad kinds of wonder and has the ability to tell any kind of story. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
B+ 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman has already locked up the Best Actor statue.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017