Kalvin Henely

Kalvin Henely

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
89

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 88% Mauvais Sang (2013) " The easiest way to find entry into the film is to accede to its reveries, even if they only temporarily make sense, and to welcome and possibly celebrate its shifting tones and techniques. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1.5/4 92% Medora (2013) " It feels as if it set out to be an inspirational story about an underdog team beating the odds, but instead of giving color to the story, the filmmakers presented it with black-and-white ideas. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Golden Slumbers (2013) " It puts value back on people who've historically been undervalued, both by the Khmer Rouge and, by lack of mention, cinema history at large. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
3/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Spinning Plates may inadvertently be one of the year's best films about class differences in America. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
64% The Human Scale (2013) " While there's no doubt that a city's walkability is important, the film would have benefitted from either stats or testimonials in favor of its central premise. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2013
1/4 71% The Institute (2013) " A lazily constructed documentary that doesn't hide first-time director Spencer McCall's admitted lack of understanding for his subject. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2013
2.5/4 90% Inequality For All (2013) " Robert Reich's message to America, much like director Jacob Kornbluth's uncomplicated film, is so simple and straightforward (you might even say obvious) that, without nitpicking, it can appear flawless. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1.5/4 70% C.O.G. (2013) " As an adaptation of Davis Sedaris's short essay from his acclaimed 1997 compilation, Naked, it's a letdown, as it doesn't exude the pop of the author's trademark humor. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 71% Newlyweeds (2013) " Going neither in the direction of Reefer Madness nor a Cheech and Chong movie, it's both funny and serious, and its depictions of pot-smoking could be read as either promotional or cautionary. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3/4 74% Informant (2013) " It creates a useful distance between Brandon Darby and his stories that allow for us to assess them individually, reinforcing the film's suggestion that the truth is elusive. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013
1.5/4 69% La Maison De La Radio (2013) " Whether or not you consider this a banal topic, it's plain to see that the puttering documentary doesn't achieve magnificence. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
1.5/4 92% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " Bill Siegel has made more of a Ken Burns-esque history book--that is, a medium more dry and factual--than a film. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 78% ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2013) " Amy Nicholson's documentary feels warm and fuzzy about its subject, but at the same time depersonalized. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
2.5/4 86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " Terms and Conditions May Apply encourages viewers to think more critically about the massive spying infrastructure being built underneath the seemingly free, benign social playgrounds that they digitally inhabit. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1.5/4 25% A Girl And A Gun (2013) " Catheryne Czubek's documentary is itself like a shotgun, as its scatter-shot thematic blast is wide and lacking in precision. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2013
4/4 82% Nostalghia (2013) " Perhaps Andrei Tarkovsky's most opaque film, Nostalghia is nonetheless one of his most personal. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2013
2.5/4 81% Becoming Traviata (2013) " It works as a reminder of the important interactiveness of the performing arts, of actors evoking the drama, action, and emotion that computers and machines cannot. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2013
3/4 78% Bidder 70 (2013) " Without being didactic, the documentary demonstrates how an ordinary concerned citizen can take a stand when politicians neglect to make decisions for the good of the people and instead serve the interests of big business. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2013
2.5/4 88% Herman's House (2013) " An involving documentary that doesn't offer a convincing argument against solitary confinement for those who may not fully realize what's objectionable about it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2013
1.5/4 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " The doc can at times feel like you're wasting your time on a subject you might wish you had only accidentally crossed paths with briefly on Wikipedia. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2.5/4 90% One Life (2013) " As much as Daniel Craig's narration can feel tacked-on, it's really secondary to the film's expert camerawork. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Last Gladiators (2013) " Makes room for tender moments of reflection from a guy who, against impossible odds, still managed some victories, the biggest of which may be that he's still standing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2013
2/4 63% High Tech, Low Life (2013) " As far as its subject matter goes, the doc only scratches the surfaces, only reaffirming the simple idea that Internet censorship in China is prevalent and unfair. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2013
2.5/4 100% My Brooklyn (2013) " A thoughtful piece of documentary journalism that synecdochically uses the controversial redevelopment of the Fulton Street Mall to talk about the process of gentrification. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 31, 2012
1.5/4 17% Delhi Safari (2012) " A much better way to strike home the same green message, while also having more fun, would be to just skip this movie and take your kids to a national park. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2012
2/4 40% New Jerusalem (2012) " Unlike the soul-searching characters from Old Joy, which also stars Will Oldham, Ike and Sean always feel as if they've fallen out of the sky just for the film's setup. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2012
2.5/4 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " It pays to consider even the small details of society's greatest investment in the future: our future generations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2012
2.5/4 No Score Yet Split: A Deeper Divide (2012) " As an election-season reminder that our democratic system isn't functioning, it serves as a welcome wake-up call. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2012
2/4 50% Switch (2012) " Possibly the driest and most balanced documentary on the current energy crisis. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2012
1.5/4 No Score Yet Mark Lombardi: Death-Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy (2012) " Feels like one of those thin, audio-visual supplements on an artist that you casually view as you browse a gallery show. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2012
2.5/4 88% Somewhere Between (2012) " For what often feels like an obligatory "Where Are They Now?" DVD extra, the documentary is surprisingly affecting. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2012
1/4 83% El Edificio De Los Chilenos " What probably seemed obvious and familiar to director Macarena Aguiló, seems vague and confusing to us. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/4 20% Goats (2012) " Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/4 92% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) " Most of what transpires between the two girls feels as internal as something you only keep to yourself. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2012
3.5/4 No Score Yet Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours (2012) " Just as Rirkrit Tiravanija had done in the '90s when he converted New York City galleries into live kitchens, he changes one's relation to a movie theater to a space for meditation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/4 86% Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott (2012) " The documentary is a work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2012
2.5/4 81% China Heavyweight (2012) " Although we never really get to know He or Miao, despite following them around vérité-style, director Yung Chang expertly captures the rays of Western culture bouncing off them. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2012
3/4 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it's not as transportive as this filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2012
78% Bidder 70 (2013) " There are a lot of environmental documentaries out there about inciting change, but Bidder 70 is one of the most affecting. " ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/4 73% Men on the Bridge " If director Asli Özge has said something about modern-day Istanbul, she's done it in fairly broad strokes that may be too far apart for the sake of a discernible narrative " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2012
No Score Yet A View Of Love (Un Balcon Sur La Mer) (2011) Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2012
2.5/4 58% U.N. Me (2012) " But U.N. Me isn't all sneering, and it certainly makes its points. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
2/4 38% Crooked Arrows (2012) " Although it adheres to the tried-and-true sports-movie formula of an underdog team striving to overcome their limitations to become winners, Crooked Arrows lacks captivating emotional momentum. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
2.5/4 89% OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012) " A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 24, 2012
3/4 59% American Animal (2012) " It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 14, 2012
1/4 0% Nesting (2012) " The way Nesting goes out of its way to tell us where it's set is symptomatic of the film in general. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2012
2/4 82% Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment (2012) " While very informative, it doesn't work as an introduction to kibbutzim because it requires the viewer to have some prior knowledge of the history of Israel. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2012
3/4 75% Surviving Progress (2012) " By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2012
54% Bully (2001) Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2012
2/4 85% Bully (2012) " Leaves us moved by poignant scenes of victims' shattered lives, but, for reasons unclear, keeps the bullies themselves largely out of our reach. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2012
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