Posts Tagged ‘nick rogers’
Ben Mendelsohn (center) and Ryan Reynolds play a pair of hard-luck gamblers in 2015's "Mississippi Grind," an A24 release co-directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Mississippi Grind

Career-best work by Ryan Reynolds & Ben Mendelsohn carries an unhurried, empathetic gambling drama that stays at the table a bit too long to achieve greatness.
Verna Bloom (left) and Griffin Dunne star in 1985's "After Hours," a comedy directed by Martin Scorsese.

Class of 1985: ‘After Hours’

Though far from flawless as a comedy, Martin Scorsese’s use of the form as catharsis to shake off his setbacks makes "After Hours" its own sort of masterpiece.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit in Tri-Star Pictures' "The Walk" — director Robert Zemeckis's 3-D depiction of Petit's legendary walk between the World Trade Center towers.

The Walk

Although cartoonish qualities sometimes belie its confidence, “The Walk” stands solidly on its own as a thoughtful, crowd-pleasing complement to “Man on Wire.”
Kara (Ignacia Allamand) leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some Amazonian locals in Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," a Universal Pictures release.

The Green Inferno

“The Green Inferno” is both a furious, full-stop cannibal horror show and a way for director Eli Roth to ferociously gnaw at meat on the bones he has to pick.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as expedition group leader Scott Fischer in "Everest," an adventure drama based on true events and directed by Baltasar Kormakur.


A technically magnificent, frighteningly immersive and solidly acted drama about the irresistible force of commerce meeting Mother Nature's immovable object.
From left, Dennis Hopper, John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck and Fisher Stevens star in "My Science Project," a 1985 sci-fi comedy directed by Jonathan R. Betuel.

Class of 1985: ‘Real Genius’ / ‘My Science Project’

From a banner year for sci-fi comedies, Nick takes a look at one of the greatest ... and one of the not-so-greatest.

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in "American Ultra," a 2015 Lionsgate action-comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh.

American Ultra

Jesse Eisenberg makes a credibly, and unexpectedly, badass action hero. But "American Ultra" tops out at modest velocity straight down the middle of the road.
The rise and fall of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. is chronicled in "Straight Outta Compton," a 2015 Universal Pictures release directed by F. Gary Gray.

Straight Outta Compton

The movie doesn't feel phony, but it beats an unexpected retreat to safety — a solace far beyond the gaze of the greatness “Compton” gives you at the outset.

Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed) star in "The Gift," a 2015 psychological thriller from STX Entertainment.

The Gift

Co-star/writer/director Joel Edgerton delivers a confidently patient, psychologically potent and wonderfully acted parable about victimization and vindication.
Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in 2015's "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," the fifth installment in the Paramount Pictures franchise.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

After this, you sense even if Tom Cruise leans more heavily on others for 20 more years of "Mission" movies, he'll will them into equally unhurried excellence.

Billy Hughes (Marina Zudina) is an American makeup artist on a Moscow film set being stalked by snuff-film killers ... or is she? "Mute Witness," a 1995 thriller written and directed by Anthony Waller, is this month's "Class of ..." featured film.

Class of 1995: ‘Mute Witness’

For a film forged by favors and trial-by-fire filmmaking, it earns its place in the panoply of ’90s psychological thrillers that throw you for a loop…or six.
Ryan Reynolds stars as the healthy, young body into which the consciousness of a dying aristocrat (Ben Kingsley) is placed, with disastrous consequences, in "Self/less," a 2015 thriller from Gramercy Pictures directed by Tarsem Singh.


Even if "Self/less" is the sort of ride you suspect will eat your money from the get-go, that doesn’t ease the disappointment when it happens.

Jeffrey Combs stars as the mentally unhinged scientist Herbert West in 1985's "Re-Animator," Stuart Gordon's cult-classic adaptation of a series of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

Class of 1985: “Re-Animator”

To call “Re-Animator” campy and leave it at that seems a knee-jerk reaction to discredit, or disregard, the clear skill behind an excellent American horror movie.
Chris Pratt stars as a velociraptor trainer in "Jurassic World," a 2015 Universal Pictures release.

Jurassic World

Pulpy summer fun with more on its mind than you'd think, "Jurassic World" is infused with equal danger, intimacy, intelligence and humor.