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Nick Schager

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Stamford, CT, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

What If Nickelodeon’s ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ Was a Horror Movie?

The horror-movie anthology “V/H/S/99” features a series of spooky shorts—some good, some not so much—that transport us back to the era of Y2K hysteria. → Read More

‘The Blackening’ Tries Like Hell to Parody Horror-Movie Racism

Premiering at TIFF, the new horror-comedy from Tim Story (“Barbershop”) takes the tired cliché of Black people dying first in horror movies and turns it on its head. → Read More

‘The Menu’: Eating at a Restaurant Has Never Been More Horrifying

The deceptively brilliant new film “The Menu,” which debuted at TIFF, will have you thinking twice before splurging on the next reservation. → Read More

Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ Is a Sappy Ode to the Magic of Cinema

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film about his childhood never digs beneath the surface. → Read More

Why Ken Burns Is Exposing America’s Evils During the Holocaust

The legendary documentarian opens up to Nick Schager about his new PBS docuseries “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” American anti-Semitism, and Hollywood caving to China. → Read More

‘House of the Dragon’ Is a Dull ‘Game of Thrones’ Do-Over

The HBO fantasy-prequel series feels awfully familiar—and not in an exciting way. → Read More

The ‘Better Call Saul’ Series Finale Was a Thing of Melancholic Beauty

The series finale to Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel was not without its twists—and proved its status as a stone-cold classic. → Read More

How a Fake Dead Girlfriend Ruined Football Star Manti Te’o’s Life

The Netflix doc “The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” revisits the Manti Te’o catfishing scandal—and includes eye-opening interviews with Te’o and his tormentor, Naya Tuiasosopo. → Read More

‘I Am Groot’ Is a Delightful Marvel Superhero Kids Snack

The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ spinoff, airing on Disney+, explores the life of Groot, the terribly cute tree-tyke voiced by Vin Diesel. It’s sharply designed and heavy on charm. → Read More

Netflix’s ‘The Sandman’ Is One Terribly Boring Fantasy Series

Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of his celebrated graphic novel series stars Tom Sturridge as a god-like being out for revenge. It’s a shame that his character is so dull. → Read More

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Star Mark Proksch Was ‘Terrified’ of Playing a Demon Man-Baby

The fourth season of the critically acclaimed FX series is a must-see—thanks in large part to Mark Proksch’s Colin Robinson. He opens up to us about going full man-child. → Read More

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 Has Been a Total Train Wreck

The MCU’s Phase 4 has yet to reveal a larger structure or any compelling supervillain and is populated by second-tier heroes. Can they right the course? → Read More

That ‘Stranger Things’ Metallica Moment Was So Embarrassing

Now that the Season 4 finale of “Stranger Things” is out, can we talk about how Eddie’s rock fantasy was the epitome of heavy-metal poseurdom? → Read More

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Is a Grand Disappointment

Filmmaker Taika Waititi’s Marvel superhero sequel to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ features an imposing new villain in Christian Bale but is too crammed with one-liners and glitzy set pieces. → Read More

Louis C.K.’s Secret New Movie ‘Fourth of July’ Is Pretty Damn Terrible

Directed by the disgraced stand-up comedian, the film is a July 4th comedy of familial dysfunction featuring very few laughs. → Read More

Russia’s Oligarch Wives Claim Putin Is Suffering From a Secret Illness

The new Paramount+ doc “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives” sees the wives of oligarchs targeted by Putin paint the Russian tyrant as a mentally ill madman harboring many secrets. → Read More

Russia’s Oligarch Wives Claim Putin Is Suffering From a Secret Illness

Paramount+According to everyone featured in Secrets of the Oligarch Wives, Vladimir Putin is a ruthless, greedy, sociopathic monster who cares only about his... → Read More

‘The Man From Toronto’: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s Dreadfully Unfunny Netflix Dud

Don’t waste your time with this action-comedy misfire from the streamer. → Read More

‘The Boys’ Season 3 Lays Waste to Gun Nuts and the Alt-Right

The third season of the Amazon series absolutely refuses to pull any punches. → Read More

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Is a Spectacular Tribute to Tom Cruise

The sequel to Tony Scott’s homoerotic 1986 action flick about men with a need for speed is an absolute blast. → Read More