Nick Schager

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  • 9 days ago | Culture

    Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, about Indonesia’s 1965 genocide of more than half a million alleged “communists,” was not only the best documentary of 2012 but also one of the finest films of the past decade. In it Oppenheimer persuaded t...

  • Having previously worked as a doctor, writer-director Thomas Lilti brings some real-world authenticity to Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, in which 23-year-old intern Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste) gets his hands dirty — in more...

  • It's one thing for a fantasy film to make no sense, but Patch Town's problem is that its premise isn't just unintelligible — it's downright dumb. Based on his short film, director Craig Goodwill's feature concerns a magical factory...

  • A descent into a dank, rank hole of meta depravity (and doo-doo), The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) follows in its 2011 predecessor's footsteps by turning inward on itself. Inspired by the first two movies, an American prison warden...

  • Rom-com formula is given an exuberant meta–kitchen-sink overhaul in Playing It Cool, about a screenwriter (Chris Evans) who doesn't believe in love, which proves troublesome when he's hired to write a romantic-comedy script —...

  • Viggo Mortensen finds himself caught between his two heritages in Far From Men, David Oelhoffen's beautiful, melancholy drama about a French teacher named Daru (Mortensen) who runs a remote school amid the desolate mountains of his native...

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