review//NERVE

Grade: C+

NERVE
Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis

Fast-paced and nail-biting are not ways I thought I'd describe a movie directed by the guys behind Catfish, but the thriller Nerve left my hands sweating and heart racing. The film has its very major flaws, but there's no denying it's a small treat in the middle of massive summer blockbusters.

Emma Roberts plays straight-laced Vee, a high school senior bursting at the seams with promise and teenage angst. She's smart enough to know her limits, but dumb enough to still rate herself with those around her. When her friend Sydney (Emily Meade) introduces her to a secret online game called Nerve, Vee's first response is one of scoffing. But, after an embarrassing run-in with her high school crush, and a meandering conversation about her unwillingness to branch out and "live a little," Vee downloads the game and begins an evening of high stakes and daring stunts.

While Roberts carries the movie well, playing up the innocent girl-next-door tropes perfectly, it's Dave Franco who really shines as Ian, the older, tough guy with a secret past and a desire to win the game.

After the two haphazardly meet during Vee's first attempt at completing a dare (kissing a stranger), the night quickly becomes young and the pair set out to be the most daring of partners. It's here that directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman begin to straddle the action/thriller course and an underlying romantic build, to almost seamless proportions.

The movie soars in the sweaty palm stunt arena, giving Roberts and Franco plenty of opportunities to make audiences squeamish (like when Franco finds himself dangling from a construction crane on the top of a Manhattan skyrise) and embarrassed (as when both Roberts and Franco dash out of a luxury store in their underwear). I don't want to give all of the dares away, but there are definitely moments when your heart will be racing and your eyes will want to look away.

Seen from the perspective of their devices, the thrills benefit from a sense of realness and believability.

It works in the movie's favor that this is released in the midst of the PokemonGO craze. While we all simultaneously play the game everywhere we go, and moan about the amounts of people wandering around cities trying to catch them all, the idea of an online game taking the city by storm is not as far-fetched as it would have been had this film been released five or ten years ago.

While it heightens the thrills, the fact that the plot is set in one evening, with locations across busy New York, it gets a little distracting trying to figure out how, in the real world, this would all be possible. Sure, you've got to look at it through the eyes of movie realism, but when the film is setting out to end on a analogous monologue about internet safety and hiding behind one's screen name, there has to be a genuine angle in order for it to work. This is where everything shifts from overwhelming intensity to faltering finale.

Mixed with the "how did they do that" stunts and great performances by the mostly young cast of newcomers, including rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Parenthood's Miles Heizer, and Orange is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn and Samira Wiley, Nerve is a great ride and worth a Saturday afternoon.

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1h 36min

nominees//2016 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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In the midst of the Kanye West/Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift feud, the former's video at the center of the action, for the controversial song "Famous," ended up a Video of the Year nominee at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, while Swift was completely shut out. Could this be a sign of allegiance?

It was on that stage in 2009 where the original Kanye/Taylor beef began and it will be on that stage where the next chapter is written, no doubt.

Beyonce received a career-best 11 nominations, including a Video of the Year nod for "Formation." Adele followed suit with 8 mentions, most notably for "Hello."

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air LIVE from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at 9PM.

Complete list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"FAMOUS"
Kanye West
Director: Kanye West

"FORMATION"
Beyonce
Director: Melina Matsoukas

"HELLO"
Adele
Director: Xavier Dolan

"HOTLINE BLING"
Drake
Director: Director X

"SORRY"
Justin Bieber
Director: Parris Goebel

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

"CHEAP THRILLS"
Sia
Director: Sia, Daniel Askill

"HELLO"
Adele
Director: Xavier Dolan

"HOLD UP"
Beyonce
Director: Jonas Akerlund, Beyonce Knowles Carter

"INTO YOU"
Ariana Grande
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

"WORK"
Rihanna ft. Drake
Director: Director X

BEST MALE VIDEO

"CAN'T FEEL MY FACE"
The Weeknd
Director: Grant Singer

"DON'T"
Bryson Tiller
Director: Alex Nazari, Cris

"FAMOUS"
Kanye West
Director: Kanye West

"HOTLINE BLING"
Drake
Director: Director X

"THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR"
Calvis Harris ft. Rihanna
Director: Emil Nava

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

"ANGELS"
Chance the Rapper ft. Saba
Director: Austin Vesely

"DON'T"
Bryson Tiller
Director: Alex Nazari, Cris

"HOTLINE BLING"
Drake
Director: Director X

"PANDA"
Desiigner
Director: Paul Geusebroek

"WATCH OUT"
2 Chainz
Director: Motion Family

BEST POP VIDEO

"FORMATION"
Beyonce
Director: Melina Matsoukas

"HELLO"
Adele
Director: Xavier Dolan

"INTO YOU"
Ariana Grande
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

"SORRY"
Justin Bieber
Director: Parris Goebel

"WILD THINGS"
Alessia Cara
Director: Aaron A

BEST ROCK VIDEO

"ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME"
Coldplay
Director: Mat Whitecross

"HEATHENS"
Twenty-One Pilots
Director: Andrew Donoho

"IRRESISTIBLE"
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato
Director: Wayne Isham

"MISSING YOU"
All Time Low
Director: Patrick Tracy

"VICTORIOUS"
Panic! At the Disco
Director: Brandon Dermer

BEST NEW ARTIST

Bryson Tiller

DNCE

Desiigner

Lukas Graham

Zara Larsson

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO

"DON'T LET ME DOWN"
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Director: Marcus Kuhne

"THE GIRL IS MINE"
99 Souls ft. Destiny's Child, Brandy
Director: Ludovic Zuili, Simon Bouisson

"HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE"
Calvin Harris and Disciples
Director: Emil Nava

"I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA"
Mike Posner
Director: Jon Jon Augustavo

"SUMMERTHING!"
Afrojack
Director: Sam Sneed

BEST COLLABORATION VIDEO

"FREEDOM"
Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
Director: Beyonce Knowles Carter, Kahlil Joseph

"LET ME LOVE YOU"
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne
Director: Grant Singer

"THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR"
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Director: Emil Nava

"WORK"
Rihanna ft. Drake
Director: Director X

"WORK FROM HOME"
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Director: Director X

BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO

BLUE NEIGHBORHOOD TRILOGY
Troye Sivan

LEMONADE
Beyonce

THE ODYSSEY
Florence + the Machine

PURPOSE: THE MOVEMENT
Justin Bieber

ROYALTY
Chris Brown

For a complete list of nominees, including technical categories, click here

nominees//68th PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

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Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Anthony Anderson (black-ish) announced the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards this morning.

HBO led the nominations, with a total of 94 across major and technical categories. And, HBO's Game of Thrones toppled all other programs for the most nominations, with 23 total in major and technical categories.

Netflix also had a strong showing, pulling in 54 nominations, almost doubling those of 2015, putting it in third place for most nominations.

Many first-time nominees made up the list, including: Rami Malek, Keri Russell, Kirsten Dunst, Ellie Kemper, Aziz Ansari, Jesse Plemons, and John Travolta.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air LIVE from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 18, 2016 on ABC.

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The Americans (FX)
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Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)

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Fargo (FX)
The Night Manager (AMC)
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Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
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BEST LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

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Idris Elba, LUTHER
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BEST LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

Kirsten Dunst, FARGO
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Lili Taylor, AMERICAN CRIME
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

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Jesse Plemons, FARGO
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE

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BEST REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

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Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
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The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Key and Peele (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Lice (NBC)

For a complete list of nominations, including technical categories, click here.