Nick Schager Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Shadows & Lies (2010) A turgid experiment in elliptical lyricism, William Vincent plays like a hybrid of Pickpocket, In the City of Sylvia, and The Passenger, except far more pretentious than even that description suggests.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
100% Me and the Cult Leader (Aganai) (2020) As its subtitle makes plain, Me and the Cult Leader is a portrait of banal evil...‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Athlete A mixes familiar archival footage with new testimonials in a conventional manner, all while differentiating itself from its non-fiction predecessor in fundamental ways...‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) A surreal, experimental odyssey exploring gender, romance, and sex through song and plenty of dance.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
96% Lucky Grandma (2020) Rarely turning her camera's gaze away from the formidable Wong, director Sealy situates her protagonist in a Chinatown brimming with inviting cultural and social details.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
90% Lance (2020) Any concern that Lance will be a four-hour apology tour designed to elicit sympathy for its disgraced subject is quickly squashed by its opening minutes. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
60% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) [The] film's funniest accounts come from its two now-deceased participants: Anthony Bourdain and Carrie Fisher.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
41% Capone (2020) A psychodrama of decay and death, it knocks the legendary icon down off his regal pedestal-albeit in an epically mad, magnificent manner that's also fit for a king.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
67% Liberté (2020) Though Serra certainly looks upon, and stages, their taboo-breaking with a droll sense of humor, there's plenty of grim transgression to be found here.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) Conveys an unforgettable sense of all that's stolen when children are abused-as well as the heroic bravery, compassion and togetherness required to combat such cruelty. ‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
74% The Wretched (2020) [It] contains plenty of bone-crunching scares.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
84% 1BR (2020) The new horror film 1BR uses the real-life experiences of Scientologists and those in NXIVM to paint a terrifying portrait of one woman's descent into cult madness.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
71% Butt Boy (2020) For better or worse, it's a one-of-a-kind experience.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
31% Bloodshot (2020) The burly, baritone-voiced action star's latest, Bloodshot, is a superhero rehash that epitomizes the 52-year-old's uninspired, risk-averse choices.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Those shortcomings are generally of little consequence, so enchanting is Bacurau's mix of the wild and the wacko. Don't worry about understanding its every pointed twist, it's a blast of beguiling mayhem.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
95% Goldie (2020) Heralds the arrival of both a distinctive new filmmaking voice and a leading lady with charisma to burn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
81% VFW (2020) A throwback designed to satisfy those with an insatiable craving for a grindhouse cover version of John Carpenter's greatest hits.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
100% Feels Good Man (2020) "Feels Good Man" offers an inside peek at the internet's growing ability to affect and shape modern society, which often makes the film a nightmare about extremism and technology.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
59% The Last Full Measure (2020) No amount of marquee talent...can fully compensate for the inert melodrama peddled by this inspired-by-true-events film, which recounts the 1999 campaign to see Pitsenbarger properly feted.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) That self-awareness, coupled with lively humor and passable set pieces, make this long-delayed third franchise entry a modest surprise, suggesting there's still some life left in its '90s-era brand of goofy banter and chaotic gunfights.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Speaks to the various ways that individual and legal cowardice, misogyny and self-interest help perpetuate such misconduct; which, in the end, makes [it] not only an eye-opening account of Bikram's wretchedness, but a vital act of speaking truth to power.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) For better and worse, in a multiplex or on your television or tablet, it delivers pleasure through pain.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
0% Mob Town (2019) Clumsy in every respect, it's an offer even die-hard genre fans will find easy to refuse.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) [David] Milch's writing magnificently blends the high and the low, with old-world phraseology punctuated with great stinging bursts of vulgarity.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
68% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin is a welcome reprieve from its genre-mates' sameness, borrowing and blending elements from assorted storied predecessors to create something mysterious, hypnotic and malevolent.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
92% In Fabric (2019) Peter Strickland is a genre fetishist with a dark, delirious sense of humor, and In Fabric is his most ecstatically demented fantasia to date.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
85% Les Misérables (2020) If Les Misérables falls short of expansive Hugo-grade depth, it makes up for that shortcoming by refusing to paint in black and white, as well as through the sheer bravado of Ly's filmmaking...‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
C+ 66% Krampus (2015) Unfortunately, the narrow scope of his story - which is primarily set inside the characters' abode - makes the film feel akin to a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller minus the surprises.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) ...the tragedy laid out by The Kingmaker is that so many are swayed by the idea of the benevolent rich and powerful and their promises of restoring order and economic prosperity...‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
80% Greener Grass (2019) The warped and idiosyncratic passions, animosities, materialistic desires, mating habits, and social dynamics of suburbia (where everyone only drives golf carts) are on full display in Greener Grass...‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Irony may not be dead, but the brand peddled by Jojo Rabbit is certainly DOA.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Whether absolute healing is ever really possible is the question that hovers over Tell Me Who I Am up to and through its poignant conclusion.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's devastating portrait of divorce features two of the year's finest performances courtesy of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
71% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Comedic elements [are] key to the film, which soon delivers a twis that casts its entire portrait in a different light, causing viewers to reassess not only what they've just seen, but also their assumptions about cinematic and internet truth circa 2019.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
44% Cuck (2019) Lambert stages it with a matter-of-factness that shrewdly undercuts any sense of excitement; like his camera's early serpentine trip through a laundromat ringing with foreign voices, his handling of the finale is restrained and assured.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A biographical portrait that doubles as an origin story for today's amoral political landscape, its marriage of incisiveness and timeliness should make it an indie hit this fall.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
67% Blink of an Eye (2019) Even moviegoers with no vested interest in motorsports are apt to be moved by this bittersweet Cinderella-ish saga.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
63% Satanic Panic (2019) [Satanic Panic] successfully swings a sledgehammer at the moneyed elite-satiric service it delivers with a devilish smile.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
100% Vision Portraits (2019) A film that nimbly balances the autobiographical and the experiential.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
50% Overcomer (2019) "Overcomer" offers nothing in the way of nuance - even its title is awkward - and, also, no respite from its religious propagandizing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
83% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Brügger flip-flops between persuasive reality and outlandish make-believe, until the two are almost indecipherable from each other.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
76% Skin (2019) Bell evokes a potent sense of Bryon's shifting moral compass even as his situation threatens to spiral out of control.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense [is] a ridiculously scathing satire that refuses to go easy on men's warped notions about masculinity.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) As a bleak comedy of romantic deterioration, it can be wittily incisive.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) Three Peaks is a thriller of a decidedly unconventional sort...A more clichéd effort would have succumbed to third-act fireworks as a reward for enduring such a slow-burn build-up. But Zabeil rejects predictable paths.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% South Mountain (2019) "South Mountain" demonstrates a realistically complex conception of stock ideas like "vengeance," "moving on" and "healing," and Ethan Mass's cinematography echoes the material's dualities in its delicate interplay of light and dark.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
90% I Am Mother (2019) Green's plot is occasionally predicated on too-convenient plot point...but no amount of narrative corner-cutting can undermine the aesthetic beauty of this impressive calling-card film, which suggests bigger things to come from its promising director.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% The Cold Blue (2019) The Cold Blue's imagery is its nominal calling card, and its sights are apt to send shivers down one's spine-including, most poignantly, its portraits of youthful faces.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Child-in-peril scenarios and noble martyrdom inevitably play a role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Along the way, many fine actors are forced to navigate nonsensical situations and spout cornball dialogue.‐ The Daily Beast
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) At once accessible and formally daring, echoing its subject's style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019