Nick Schager

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  • 23 days ago | Film and TV

    Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, about Indonesia's 1965 genocide of more than half a million alleged "communists," was not only the best documentary of 2012, but one of the finest films of the past decade. In it Oppenheimer persuaded the p...

  • A recent-events drama of a decidedly cynical sort, The Runner tackles the 2010 BP oil spill off the Gulf Coast through the prism of a congressman (Nicolas Cage) whose Senate ambitions are stoked by his wife (Connie Nielsen) and his...

  • 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...

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    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...

  • Unsurprising given its laughably affected title, Like Sunday, Like Rain boasts what may be the most insufferably precocious protagonist in cinema history. Reggie (Julian Shatkin), a twelve-year-old boy genius, proclaims that art is dead,...

  • 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...

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