Nick Schager

 

Nick Schager is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • Grief does strange things to people, thrusting them into fugue-like states where anger, resentment and to-hell-with-it-all despair can lead to bizarre behavior. Writer-director Asaph Polonsky's One Week and a Day adeptly captures that...

  • So tasteful it's torturous, Despite the Falling Snow is a Cold War espionage thriller for those who like their period-piece action airless and derivative. In 1961 Moscow, government official Alexander (Sam Reid) defects to the U.S., in the...

  • The sight of kids joyously playing with a "penis sheath" is enough to make Tanna recommendable, but fortunately, there's also far more to Bentley Dean and Martin Butler's ethnographic drama, which was filmed on – and stars natives of...

  • Movies about grumpy old men learning to lighten up thanks to colorful neighbors are hardly novel. And yet A Man Called Ove (based on Fredrik Backman's 2012 novel) works its well-worn conceit to effective heartstring-tugging effect. Ove...

  • Sacramento's drearily uniform suburbs and strip malls are the backdrop for uneasy tragicomedy in Other People, a Sundance alum that situates itself in the ho-hum middle ground between uproarious and heartbreaking. Returning to his West...

  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    A disheartening case of When Auteurs Go Affected, Every Thing Will Be Fine confirms that Wim Wenders — making his first dramatic feature since 2008's Palermo Shooting — is a filmmaker now light-years removed from his Paris, Texas and W...

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