Movie reviews of David Nagle

These are all the movies and series that David has reviewed. Read more at: Film Blerg.

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Poster for Gemini Man

Gemini Man

4

Gemini Man could have been some high concept action sci-fi fun like Face/Off or Demolition Man. Instead it’s a bland, tax break-driven continent hop that’s too hung up on the technology to remember all the other things that make a film tick.

7 october

7 oct

Poster for Ad Astra

Ad Astra

7

It leaves absolutely no doubt about what exactly this is all meant to be about and is the film’s biggest weakness. It’s all unnecessary. These are things we can uncover from the visuals, from story, from Pitt’s restrained, excellent performance.

20 september

20 sep

Poster for Good Boys

Good Boys

7

Even though the jokes get a bit one note, it’s the emotional heart that makes this one of this year’s better comedies.

16 september

16 sep

Poster for The Ghost of Peter Sellers

The Ghost of Peter Sellers

7

The film delves into the personal problems, jealousy, pressure and loneliness of Peter Sellers, but don’t get the wrong impression from the title, this isn’t really a film about him. Soundtracked to a score of nostalgia and melancholy, this is a film about the effect that artists like him can have on people, and the ripple effects of their influence even after their deaths.

8 july

8 jul

Poster for J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius

6

Told through interviews with the founders and followers, the film skillfully reflects the early artwork style of the church in its use of found sounds, clip art, and montaged archival material.

2 july

2 jul

Poster for Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

5

If you’re patient with the pace, the philosophical musings, and the sometimes difficult to hear audio quality from the candid handheld shots, there’s real filmmaking insight to be found.

2 july

2 jul

Poster for Yesterday

Yesterday

8

You could sit down and pick it apart, but it’s much better to just sink it, let it play, and let it be.

28 june

28 jun

Poster for Tolkien

Tolkien

4

But that’s all it is, fine. You never sense any real point to it all.

13 june

13 jun

Poster for The Night Eats the World

The Night Eats the World

5

The Night Eats the World primarily suffers from having running time as bloated as a forgotten corpse – disappointing when there’s enough for what could have been a tightly wound, smartly spun survivor yarn focused on how and why we survive when society is falling down around us.

6 may

6 may

Poster for Greta

Greta

7

You might see some of the turns coming and might have been on similar routes before, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a fun ride in excellent company.

27 february

27 feb

Poster for Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel

3

Another case of Cameron and Rodriguez being more interested in the technical challenges of a project rather than those other crucial aspects, like character, story or performance.

14 february

14 feb

Poster for Arctic

Arctic

6

Arctic is lean, stripped back, grounded storytelling anchored by a rock-solid performance from Mikkelsen. It doesn’t take us into unknown territory, but Penna still makes the journey worthwhile.

10 february

10 feb

Poster for Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit

7

There are missteps but with humour as dark as a Norwegian winter, knowing nods to its own absurdity, and an ability to both mock and indulge in its machismo, Cold Pursuit is more than just the standard revenge fantasy film.

6 february

6 feb

Poster for First Man

First Man

8

Surprising in the intimacy of its story and its shots, surprising in its focus on the depths inside humanity rather than in space.

2018.10.08

2018

Poster for The Predator

The Predator

5

Lower your expectations and there’s still great moments of fun to be had here, but this is like a handgun to the original’s laser cannon.

2018.09.13

2018

Poster for The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

2

A totally forgettable piece of generic, uninspired filmmaking...

2018.08.15

2018

Poster for Knock

Knock

4

Might leave you feeling mildly content without any bad side effects. But unfortunately there aren’t exactly any benefits either.

2018.08.02

2018

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

7

A movie that gleefully accepts the cliches of its predecessors and delights in subverting them.

2018.08.02

2018

Poster for Nothing Like a Dame

Nothing Like a Dame

5

It’s a very unstructured, rambling affair, where conversation dictates the flow.

2018.06.05

2018

Poster for Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

7

Truly is an exceptional piece of visual art, but it’s held back by being more for the eyes than for the heart.

2018.04.16

2018

Poster for See You Up There

See You Up There

7

The arthouse sensibilities mixed with commercial appeal, the visual impact, strong performances and heart make up for the slightly unusual tone and sometimes weak script...

2018.02.25

2018

Poster for I, Tonya

I, Tonya

7

Tonya Harding might be the focus of this story, but really, this film’s all about Margot Robbie.

2018.01.25

2018

Poster for Justice League

Justice League

6

Becomes the right sendoff should this be Snyder’s last DC movie.

2017.11.16

2017

Poster for Detroit

Detroit

6

Without context, without anything meaningful to say, it becomes nothing more than exploitative.

2017.11.07

2017

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