Articles written by: Nick Allen

TSR Exclusive: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Interview with Director Michael Cuesta

TSR Exclusive: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Interview with Director Michael Cuesta

In the 1980s, the CIA was complicit in the marketing of Nicaraguan cocaine to lower class Californians in order to fund the country’s Contra rebels. This was a thesis that San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb put out into the world in the late 90s, and was eventually destroyed because of it. The new film Kill the Messenger is […]

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens
Running Time: 2 hrs 29 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: October 3, 2014

Final Score: 9/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

Cast: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Hess
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Rating: PG
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Final Score: 8/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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TSR Blog: ‘The Equalizer’ and Other Middle-Aged Men with a Particular Set of Skills

TSR Blog: ‘The Equalizer’ and Other Middle-Aged Men with a Particular Set of Skills

“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”  – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys […]

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TSR Blog: ‘Tusk’ as Failed Dark Comedy

TSR Blog: ‘Tusk’ as Failed Dark Comedy

The following contains spoilers to Tusk.  Dark comedy is a rich blend of pathos and macabre, and one that requires a tactful balance to be of good taste. (I’m trying to make this analogy, and yet I do not drink coffee.) For a dark comedy to work in a film, the time spent enriching a character has to be a […]

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Eric Nielsen
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: September 19, 2014

Final Score: 3/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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Tusk

Tusk

Cast: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Guy LaPointe
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: September 19, 2014 (Chicago)

Final Score: 5/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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TSR Exclusive: ‘The Guest’ Interview with Director Adam Wingard, Writer Simon Barrett, and Actor Dan Stevens

TSR Exclusive: ‘The Guest’ Interview with Director Adam Wingard, Writer Simon Barrett, and Actor Dan Stevens

From You’re Next director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett comes The Guest, a wacko action/horror comedy that rocks and rolls like a midnight madness movie, where expectations about pacing and tone are challenged, and good ol’ cinematic chaos reigns. Leading the film is Dan Stevens, formerly of BBC series “Downton Abbey,” who plays a kind ex-soldier named David who shows up one […]

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The Guest

The Guest

Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer
Running Time: 1 hr 39 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: September 17, 2014

Final Score: 8/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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Code Black

Code Black

Documentary
Running Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Rating: UR
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Final Score: 8/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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