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2012 Stories by Nick Schager

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  • Redlegs: A Narcissistic Spectacle of Male Grief

    published May 23, 2012

    A narcissistic spectacle of male grief, Redlegs charts the reunion of three twentysomething friends (two white and one Colombian) in... More >>

  • The Samaritan

    published May 16, 2012

    'Nothing changes unless you make it change," intones recently paroled grifter Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) in The Samaritan, a repeated... More >>

  • You Are Here

    published May 9, 2012

    Devoid of a traditional tethering narrative, You Are Here tackles philosophical questions about the relationship between technology and... More >>

  • Small, Beautifully Meaningful Parts

    published May 9, 2012

    Yet another indie examination of humanity's escalating technophilia, Small, Beautifully Moving Parts addresses its oh-so-contemporary... More >>

  • First Position

    published May 2, 2012

    The nonfiction formula pioneered by Spellbound leads to frustrating superficiality in First Position, a glossy documentary about... More >>

  • Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

    published April 25, 2012

    Racism, rebellion, and filmmaking ethics intertwine in Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, a documentary by Raymond De Felitta that... More >>

  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

    published April 25, 2012

    It's not clear what Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale values more—endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG... More >>

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    published April 18, 2012

    Synthesizing fact and fiction, Snow on tha Bluff details the day-to-day misadventures of fast-talking dope-slinger Curtis Snow, a... More >>

  • The Moth Diaries

    published April 18, 2012

    There's no surer way to murder horror than to literalize it, a mistake incessantly made by The Moth Diaries. At a ritzy remote boarding... More >>

  • Downtown Express

    published April 18, 2012

    There's no one quite as domineering as a daddy with a dream for his son, a situation that leads to standard-issue rebellion in Downtown... More >>

  • Inside Hana's Suitcase

    published April 18, 2012

    A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories... More >>

  • Last Will and Embezzlement

    published April 11, 2012

    Given the overarching structural messiness that defines its examination of elder financial abuse, the only thing Last Will and... More >>

  • Life, Love, Soul

    published April 11, 2012

    Admirable only for its sincere responsibility-over-selfishness message and for giving The Wire alums Chad Coleman and Jamie Hector some... More >>

  • Player Hating: A Love Story

    published April 4, 2012

    In Brooklyn's Crown Heights projects, death is everywhere, a fact addressed with compassion if not quite analytical depth in Player Hating:... More >>

  • Artificial Paradises

    published March 28, 2012

    Artificial Paradises is the elegiac tale of two mismatched Mexican souls at a rundown beach resort who search for a bit of utopia... More >>

  • Convento

    published March 7, 2012

    A fertile portrait of the creative marriage between the organic and inorganic, Convento gazes reverentially at the mad-scientist designs... More >>

  • Let the Bullets Fly

    published February 29, 2012

    With a title like Let the Bullets Fly and a star like iconic Killer assassin Chow Yun-fat, it's not unreasonable to expect more... More >>

  • Black Butterflies

    published February 29, 2012

    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies, the true-life tale of famed 1960s... More >>

  • Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

    published February 29, 2012

    Like its title, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? purports to ask a question but is only interested in forwarding its predictable... More >>

  • Bad Fever

    published February 1, 2012

    The shaky handheld cinematography might be conventionally modern, but from its opening white-letters-on-red-background credit sequence to its... More >>

  • Watching TV With the Red Chinese

    published January 18, 2012

    "The medium is the message," opines a blowhard film director in Watching TV With the Red Chinese, a series of hodgepodge montages that... More >>

  • Loosies

    published January 11, 2012

    Loosies has a bevy of colorful character actors—from Michael Madsen and William Forsythe to Vincent Gallo and Joe... More >>

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