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Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) Even when the script wanders into cynical overkill, Harlin makes sure the violence has some impact, some moral consequence, by sketching in characters for a few representative victims. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2015
35% The Woman in Red (1984) The project as a whole is a lot less mawkish than we've come to expect from Wilder's directorial efforts. Still, it ain't exactly state of the art. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2015
68% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978) The first half is oppressive, cluttered, and funny, but as the film forsakes its artificial settings for more open spaces, it becomes pale and mechanical. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2015
71% City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981) Federico Fellini covers his bets in this hallucinatory survey of the women's movement -- it isn't reactionary enough to offend or progressive enough to matter. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2015
3/4 82% Talk Radio (1988) As a director, Stone has a way of merging with the point of view of his protagonists, which is to say that his films are as jittery, wired-up and fragmented as they are. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
89% The Stunt Man (1980) Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 13, 2015
86% Accident (1967) Dirk Bogarde's crumbling don is the sharpest of the many similar performances he has given, and Stanley Baker is superbly chunky as Bogarde's rival for a young Austrian student (Jacqueline Sassard). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 12, 2015
68% Frances (1982) Jessica Lange brings so much energy and personal involvement to her portrayal of Frances Farmer that you can't help but feel sorry for her; nothing else in the film remotely matches her talent and dedication. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015
100% King Creole (1958) Elvis, young and relatively untamed, in a superior star vehicle from 1958. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015
89% Nostalgia (Nostalghia) (1984) Aims for a hushed, hypnotic, incantatory effect, and it does succeed in inducing some kind of trance. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) It's depressing to see how much credit Lee has been given simply for painting his characters in shades other than the purely good and the purely evil, as if the gesture reflected anything other than an appreciation for a basic human truth. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2015
100% Wild River (1960) This 1960 drama is probably Elia Kazan's finest and deepest film, a meditation on how the past both inhibits and enriches the present. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 19, 2015
96% Schindler's List (1993) Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 17, 2015
4/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 17, 2015
2/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/4 54% Valmont (1989) Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 72% Apartment Zero (1989) It's that grab for political significance that does Apartment Zero in -- that turns what might have been a modestly successful psychological thriller into a messily failed art film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 73% Cry-Baby (1990) Cry-Baby doesn`t have a subject, but only a format-a rickety framework erected to support a few broad gags and a few indifferently filmed production numbers. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 20, 2015
3/4 80% Batman Returns (1992) There are flashes of commercially oriented action and humor, but the overall feeling is one of a languid depression sprung straight from the heart of its author. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2/4 67% Prancer (1989) Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 13, 2014
93% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Special-effects buffs generally cite this 1963 effort by Ray Harryhausen as the master's masterpiece, and his work does a great deal to enliven the tired plot and vacuous stars. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3.5/4 94% Blue Velvet (1986) Blue Velvet is a throughly unpredictable, frequently disturbing and sometimes jaw-droppingly funny film. There isn't anything else quite like it, and it's pretty wonderful. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 11, 2014
94% Shock Corridor (1963) This 1963 film is harsh, grotesque, and violent-and, incidentally, brilliant in a very original way. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 30, 2014
1/4 0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol (1987) Jim Drake is credited with the direction and Gene Quintano with the script, though they'd probably appreciate it if you kept it to yourself. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2014
89% While the City Sleeps (1955) The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2014
91% Ministry of Fear (1944) Lang at his finest and purest. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2014
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
38% Nine (2009) Largely, the numbers just sit on top of the dramatic action, adding little to our understanding of the characters and seldom contributing to the advancement of the story. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
3.5/4 81% Underground (1995) Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional, Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 23, 2014
89% The Firemen's Ball (1968) With Loves of a Blonde, it's the best work Forman's done, rooted in a social reality that has eluded him in his American projects. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) Whatever the grammatic contortions of its title, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock `n` Roll offers a compelling portrait of a hardened veteran of the business called show. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Crows (1996) A brief and powerful mood piece, with the concentration and purity of a fine short story. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) There are still enough bad makeup jobs, pretentious lines, and coy sexual situations to give the chattering puppets plenty of fodder. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 2, 2014
83% How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) As long as the movie refuses to commit itself, it is a truly creepy, nerve-jangling experience. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3/4 95% Apollo 13 (1995) Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Aug 22, 2014
90% The Scarlet Empress (1934) Josef von Sternberg's 1934 film turns the legend of Catherine the Great into a study of sexuality sadistically repressed and reborn as politics, thus anticipating Bertolucci by three decades. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2014
100% Indiscreet (1958) A fine light comedy, with unexpected passages of seriousness, marked by the Donen touch in its adventurous visuals and vivacious performances. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2014
97% To Have and Have Not (1944) In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 32% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
97% Notorious (1946) The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/4 6% Solo (1996) The action is neither big nor imaginatively filmed enough to satisfy fans of the genre, though Van Peebles seems to be enjoying his crack at sad-eyed, Chaplinesque pathos. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 27, 2014
1/4 10% Woo (1998) A romantic comedy that strains for the screwball heights of Bringing Up Baby but mainly seems unfunny and unpleasant. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 6% A Smile like Yours (1997) Keith Sample's film aspires to the innocent charm of a newlywed comedy like Barefoot in the Park, but gets bogged down in witless sex jokes. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/4 16% The Karate Kid, Part III (1986) About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) Oddly, the troubled Cliff is more sympathetic than the two self-involved protagonists. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 19% Navy Seals (1990) Director Teague does stage the action sequences with logic and clarity, though there isn`t much he can do with the dramatic passages. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2014