Posts Tagged ‘nick rogers’
From left, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg star in "Now You See Me 2," a 2016 action-caper directed by Jon M. Chu and distributed by Summit Entertainment.

Now You See Me 2

By trading on its source’s tight, fun ingenuity for craven, calculated gimcrackery, “Now You See Me 2’s” only distinctive trait is making all the fun disappear.
Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) is ready for action in "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," a Universal comedy directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

"Popstar" tips more sacred cows than it slaughters, but it's also not a satire of the way we live now. It's a wise, wicked satire of the way we leisure now.

David Patrick Kelly gets the upper hand on Ben Stiller in "Flirting with Disaster," writer-director David O. Russell's 1996 screwball comedy for Miramax Films.

Class of 1996: ‘Flirting with Disaster’

A comedy with little on its mind beyond detonating farcical fireworks over a full boat of stars, but it remains one of its form's finest from the last 20 years.
Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito), a waiter named Marco (Ray Sharkey) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) try to outrun the Mafia in "WIse Guys," a 1986 MGM comedy directed by Brian De Palma.

Class of 1986: ‘Wise Guys’

Brian De Palma is the last person you'd expect to attempt artful zaniness, so there's clearly some fascination to be found even in a failure such as this.

From one Immortal to another, Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez (Sean Connery) mentors Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) in "Highlander," Russell Mulcahy's Cannon Films cult classic from 1986.

Class of 1986: ‘Highlander’

Before it came to a thudding halt, the rich world of “Highlander” — in all its bombast and bereavement — was, and still is, worth getting lost in for two hours.
Quint (Tommy Lee Jones) puts the pedal to the metal of the titular car in "Black Moon Rising," a 1986 action-thriller from New World Pictures.

Class of 1986: ‘Black Moon Rising’

Sometimes the deeper, darker cracks of history are there for a reason, and some films, like "Black Moon Rising," must fall into them at 325 miles per hour.

From right, Hansel (Owen Wilson), Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz) team up to stop the murders of famous people in "Zoolander 2," a 2016 Paramount Pictures release.

Zoolander 2

You never want to deliver a eugoogooly, but funereal solemnity is the only tone to take for a sequel as woefully, and disappointingly, DOA as “Zoolander 2.”
Uma Thurman stars in Miramax's "Beautiful Girls," a 1996 romantic dramedy directed by the late Ted Demme.

Class of 1996: ‘Beautiful Girls’

It may not philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a popular Counting Crows lyric. But its barroom eloquence and stumblebum sadness all linger.

Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis) takes a long, hard look at himself in "Anomalisa," a 2015 Paramount Pictures stop-motion animation film co-directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.


Dizzying and disarming, Charlie Kaufman's triumphant return is an acridly funny, achingly resonant and meticulously constructed film about love and loneliness.
"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" is director Michael Bay's look at the infamous international siege.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Neither partisan nor propaganda, Michael Bay's film stares down the absurdity of 21st-century warfare politics with the force & brutal efficiency of a howitzer.

Tom Hardy stars as Mad Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road," a 2015 Warner Brothers film and director George Miller's long-awaited continuation of the "Mad Max" franchise,

Nick’s Favorites of 2015: 88 Lines About 44 Films

Nick takes a brief look back at his favorite films from 2015.
Things get hairy (and salivary) in "The Revenant," a 2015 20th Century Fox release.

Yap vs. Yap: The Revenant

In the latest Yap vs. Yap, Nick Rogers and Christopher Lloyd dress in layers of freshly cut fur, load their rifles and take aim at each other on "The Revenant."

Samuel L. Jackson stars in "The Hateful Eight," a 2015 Weinstein Company release and the latest from writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

The Hateful Eight

Untidy and unwieldy but also quite unforgettable, Quentin Tarantino's latest is both an enraged fireside chat and a tremendously entertaining Western.
Robert De Niro stars as master thief Neil McCauley in Michael Mann's landmark 1995 crime drama "Heat."

Class of 1995: ‘Heat’

Often emulated but never equaled, "Heat" isn't just a terrific crime epic. Its elegant, exciting examination of existential entropy elevates it to GOAT status.