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Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 95% Cold Fever (1996) The film has an engagingly hip sensibility that never descends into snobbery and an underlying seriousness that lends a touch of poetry to the self-consciously bizarre proceedings. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/4 70% Empire of the Sun (1987) Empire of the Sun wants very badly to be a great film, though as Steven Spielberg really ought to know by now, wishing doesn't make it so. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2016
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) A former art director, Fuest gives the film a preposterously lush, Ken Russell-ish look. Highly enjoyable. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) It's a film that functions on curiosity rather than real interest (given the fact that the characters are thinly drawn and largely unsympathetic), yet in the end punishes the audience for wanting to have its questions answered. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2016
86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) This 1946 film is one of [Siodmak's] least interesting. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 17, 2016
100% Bluebeard (1944) Edgar G. Ulmer somehow managed to transform the absurd limitations of the scripts, budgets, and actors he was given to work with into a mad aesthetic principle. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 17, 2016
90% The Magnificent Seven (1960) What was wonderful in the Kurosawa film -- the recruiting and training of the mercenaries -- is just dead time here. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 92% Howards End (1992) Howards End provides more than enough in the way of production values-impeccable set decoration, elaborate costumes, beautiful locations and exquisite cinematography-to keep its primary audience entertained. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 82% Jerry Maguire (1996) Zellweger's rumpled, anti-star quality plays in perfect contrast to Preston's buff and polish. She redeems Jerry Maguire and Tom Cruise, too by making him human again. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 24, 2016
71% Black Sunday (1977) Violence (more than 30 on-screen deaths) makes a poor substitute for suspense, while sloppy, rear projection work drains most of the excitement from the climax. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 46% Everybody's All-American (1988) The characters are simply postulated, given whole, from the start; there`s no depth or development in the performances; and each scene exists only to make a single plot point. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3.5/4 89% Sid and Nancy (1986) This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/4 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Bill and Ted have a guileless, immediate way of dealing with the world that makes them both very likeable and highly entertaining to watch. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2016
91% The Sugarland Express (1974) The pace falters near the end, but overall this is a brilliantly calculated audience pleaser. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 85% Sign o' the Times (1987) The utopian rocker, whose manner and music promise a blissful, dreamy union of the races and the sexes, doesn`t need a story line to communicate his meanings, which remain by pop standards unusually complex and considered. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2016
67% Purple Rain (1984) Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 21, 2016
55% Jungle Book (1942) It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 15, 2016
50% Privilege (1967) Peter Watkins's hysterical vision of rock and roll fascism was timely in 1967, though it now seems too much a stern warning to youth to be taken seriously. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 12, 2016
100% Ordet (The Word) (1954) The film is extremely sensual in its spareness, a paradox always at the center of Dreyer's work. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 10, 2016
78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) Sternberg's universe is a realm of textures, shadows, and surfaces, which merge and separate in an erotic dance. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 8, 2016
71% Murphy's Romance (1985) The picture just lumbers along, lightly propelled by a series of contrived conflicts ... and anecdotal observations that don't add up to much. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 29, 2016
87% Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935) Nazis or no, two hours of marching and speechifying is pretty damn dull; maybe this is what they mean by "the banality of evil." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/4 60% Happy Gilmore (1996) The comedy is never more than sudden, outsized explosions of violence from the otherwise placid, childlike Happy. But director Dugan maximizes the laughs through careful timing and counterpoint. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) Under the direction of Martin Campbell, GoldenEye is a film that respects its predecessors. No new heights are scaled here, but it's nevertheless a handsome, well-engineered film that gets the job done. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 28, 2015
3/4 70% The Living Daylights (1987) In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2015
64% Topaz (1969) Few directors are capable of this kind of structural experimentation so late in their careers, and Hitchcock deserves much credit for his audacity. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 11, 2015
No Score Yet Illusion Travels by Streetcar (La Ilusion viaja en tranvia) (1954) Not a great Buñuel, but it has a certain warmth that his other films often lack -- to say the least. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 8, 2015
75% Used Cars (1980) Most of the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/4 92% Salaam Bombay! (1988) Much to Nair`s credit, she exploits neither the exoticism of her locale (there are no tour-guide, look-at-this flourishes) nor the misery of her subjects (suffer they may, but they do not demand pity). ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/4 81% A Dry White Season (1989) This is filmmaking meant to engage the heart -- and other visceral organs -- more than the mind; its effects are simple, broad and directly put. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2015
80% Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) The themes are female friendship and a woman's fulfillment, and it is one of Arzner's most coherent and accomplished films. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/4 91% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) This is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 22, 2015
32% Grease 2 (1982) I don't mean to deny the self-evident second-rateness of the project, just to suggest that it's preferable to the third-rateness that has become the norm in the genre. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 15, 2015
91% The Dirty Dozen (1967) Robert Aldrich dissects the underlying ideas with just enough craft and thoughtfulness to make the implications of this gritty 1966 war drama unsettling in not entirely constructive ways. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 3, 2015
55% La Luna (1979) Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) We'll have to wait for Manchevski's next feature to know whether he's an artist or a shrewd entertainer. In the meantime, Before the Rain is one of the more worthy efforts of the season. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 27, 2015
93% All the President's Men (1976) The opening of the film, with Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) first stumbling over the story, is involving and sometimes exciting, but from then on it degenerates into confusion and repetition. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2015
17% Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) The movie is about manic energy, but you can feel everyone straining just to get the next shot on the screen. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2015
1/4 54% Blade (1998) Has the comic-book movie reached the end of the line? The glumly familiar, been-there-done-that aspect of Blade certainly suggests so. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 15, 2015
83% Chinese Roulette (1976) The camera seems much more interested in exploring the glass and chrome furnishings than in examining the characters, and by the time the film is finished, so is the audience. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 6, 2015
86% Betrayal (1983) Not a total loss-some wit and a few well-sketched moments survive-but the betrayal here is largely one of the talent involved. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 3, 2015
1/4 37% Fletch Lives (1989) With arbitrary laugh lines coming along to strip the credibility from every situation and the integrity from every character, there's hardly a moment in the new film that seems as authentically alive as a California Raisins commercial. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/4 63% Back to the Future Part II (1989) Glum, claustrophobic and often oppressive. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/4 70% The Land Before Time (1988) The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2015
90% Secret Agent (1936) The film has a fine cast and a fine look -- shot in the Swiss Alps, much of it makes use of unusual white-on-white compositions. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 3, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 29, 2015
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking. ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2015
2/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) Jungle Fever may be a failure, but it is the kind of failure that engenders hope: It finds Lee refining the skills he already possesses and striking out in encouraging new directions. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015
1/4 0% Hot to Trot (1988) It`s true that there has been a shocking dearth of talking-horse pictures lately, but even so, Hot to Trot has few pleasures to offer. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015