Nick Schager

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  • 18 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...

  • Having previously worked as a doctor, writer-director Thomas Lilti brings some real-world authenticity to Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, in which 23-year-old intern Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste) gets his hands dirty -- in more ways...

  • 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...

  • A descent into a dank, rank hole of meta depravity (and doo-doo), The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) follows in its 2011 predecessor's footsteps by turning inward on itself. Inspired by the first two movies, an American prison warden...

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