Nick Schager

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  • Christian devotion is equated with American patriotism which is equated with being Batman -- or, at least, a heroic masked vigilante -- in Beyond the Mask, a religiously minded historical adventure devoid of excitement or nuance. Avoiding...

  • There may be nothing less exciting than the intrigue of international visa authorizations, and yet that lame narrative focus is only one of many reasons Survivor is an espionage fiasco. Former Wachowskis protégé James...

  • 2 months ago | Film Reviews

    A post-Wikipedia biographical documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck finds Brett Morgen constructing a feature-length collage of notebook entries, demo tapes, rehearsal footage, home movies, archival photos, and drawings and artwork by the late...

  • A stark lesson in the importance of skillful editing, Road to Juarez crisscrosses so haphazardly between locations, incidents, and time frames that it makes no sense on a basic narrative, thematic, or emotional level. That said, even the...

  • Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel. In 1919, Joshua Connor (Crowe), a "water...

  • There's no more disposable type of comedy than the genre spoof, and no greater example of its general creative worthlessness than The Walking Deceased, an interminable 90-minute goof-off propped up by references to popular...