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2012 Stories by Nick Schager

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  • Mulberry Child

    published September 5, 2012

    China's 1960s–1970s Cultural Revolution reverberates through generations in Mulberry Child, a documentary based in part on Jian... More >>

  • Keep the Lights On

    published September 5, 2012

    Exhibiting great specificity about gay sexual mores—the phone sex hook-ups, the fear of AIDS, a dichotomy between carefree promiscuity and... More >>

  • The Good Doctor

    published August 29, 2012

    Loneliness, lack of respect, and a wholesale absence of ethical standards prove to be a volatile combination in The Good Doctor, Lance... More >>

  • The Possession

    published August 29, 2012

    Demonic exorcism is given a perfunctory Jewish twist in The Possession, which delivers second-rate horror clichés unbefitting the... More >>

  • Robot & Frank

    published August 15, 2012

    A more hopeful reimagining of 2001's portrait of man-machine relations, Robot & Frank envisions a near future in which automated... More >>

  • Red Hook Summer: Stomping Grounds

    published August 8, 2012

    Spike Lee returns to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of his most famous works—including his celebrated Do the Right Thing—with... More >>

  • Supercapitalist

    published August 8, 2012

    Even caped do-gooders couldn't save Supercapitalist, a dramatic dud whose title refers not to some big-business hero but rather to... More >>

  • Goats

    published August 8, 2012

    David Duchovny hikes around the Tucson desert with his pet goats as the aptly named Goat Man in Goats, the Californication star... More >>

  • We Women Warriors

    published August 8, 2012

    Weaving provides a metaphor for the inextricable bond between Colombia's indigenous people and their land and culture—and between the... More >>

  • Mosquita y Mari

    published August 1, 2012

    A coming-of-age saga of quiet contemplation, Mosquita y Mari focuses on the growing bond between Yolanda (Fenessa Pineda), a high school... More >>

  • Assassin's Bullet

    published August 1, 2012

    Fans of incessant flashbacks and endless whooshing zooms into close-ups will find much to love about Assassin's Bullet; less satisfied,... More >>

  • Klown

    published July 25, 2012

    Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms. Based on his popular... More >>

  • Sacrifice

    published July 25, 2012

    Switched-at-birth sagas don't come much more convoluted than Sacrifice, Chen Kaige's latest period piece epic, about a doctor named... More >>

  • Wagner's Dream

    published July 18, 2012

    Exhaustive to the point of being occasionally exhausting, Wagner's Dream charts the audacious efforts of opera director Robert Lepage to... More >>

  • Grassroots

    published July 11, 2012

    You can tell outsiders from the establishment by the quality of their facial hair in Grassroots, an adaptation of Phil Campbell’s... More >>

  • Drunkboat

    published July 11, 2012

    A film titled Drunkboat that’s bookended by the sights of a bald John Malkovich waking up in an alley trash-bag pile next to a hen... More >>

  • Gei Oni

    published July 11, 2012

    Jewish life in 19th century Palestine is depicted as alienating and arduous in Gei Oni, the romanticism-free story of a young mother named... More >>

  • Last Ride

    published July 4, 2012

    An Aussie variation on Badlands teeming with desolation, beauty, fear, and the discord between youthful fantasies and grim realities,... More >>

  • The Magic of Belle Isle

    published July 4, 2012

    With graceless melodramatist Rob Reiner at the helm, it's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled... More >>

  • The Pact

    published July 4, 2012

    There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality. A musty ghost story that morphs into a... More >>

  • A Burning Hot Summer

    published June 27, 2012

    Sarkozy-era socioeconomic tensions form the backdrop for romantic entanglement and disintegration in A Burning Hot Summer, Philippe... More >>

  • Ikland

    published June 13, 2012

    Still shaken by a childhood reading of anthropologist Colin Turnbull's '60s portrait of Uganda's Ik tribe—whom he dubbed "the worst... More >>

  • U.N. Me

    published May 30, 2012

    From its "Oil for Food" scandal in Iraq to its inaction in Rwanda and Darfur and its farcical human rights council appointments, the U.N. is... More >>

  • Crooked Arrows

    published May 30, 2012

    Former Superman Brandon Routh neither looks nor convincingly acts the part of an upstate New York Native American in Crooked Arrows, a... More >>

  • Mighty Fine: Debbie Goodstein's Sappy Nostalgia

    published May 23, 2012

    As Mighty Fine's Joe Fine, a businessman who relocates his family from Brooklyn to Louisiana in 1974, Chazz Palminteri rages at... More >>

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