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Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/4 100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953) As with all of Renoir`s films, it is impossible to define the tone of The Golden Coach, so smoothly does comedy shade into drama, joy into despair, warm optimism into cool cynicism and vice versa. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/4 15% Howard the Duck (1986) In the absence of anything resembling structure, character, point of view or sense of purpose, there is no place else for this empty project to go. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 9, 2014
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) There's plenty to look at but nothing to feel. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/4 54% The Doors (1991) Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 33% Tango & Cash (1989) The film looks like the sort of queasy fever dream that might be produced by sitting through an entire Orson Welles film festival while eating pepperoni pizzas. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 11, 2014
50% Cruising (1980) What's left is the framework for a graphic, brutal, sickening film, without the violent effects that might have made sense (however illegitimate) out of the conception. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 9, 2014
2/4 34% She's Having a Baby (1988) She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
65% Wild in the Streets (1968) Shelley Winters, as George's mother, gives the most tasteless performance of her career, while Barry Shear directs as if he'd seen Dr. Strangelove a few too many times. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) This is a very rich, very sympathetic piece of work. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% Diner (1982) Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/4 79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) A gripping and original piece of work, itself sure to be remembered as one of the finest films of the year. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 28, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) A functional 1986 actioner about two wisecracking Chicago cops (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal) and their vendetta against a Latino crime lord (Jimmy Smits). ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 27, 2014
4/4 96% The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) (1973) Maddening and brilliant, confessional and slyly evasive, insistently perverse and blissfully naive. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 22, 2014
4/4 100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) A City of Sadness is a great film, one that will be watched as long as there are people who care about the movies as an art. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/4 77% Licence To Kill (1989) Dalton revives the cool, ironic detachment of the Connery years, but he also allows a touch of obsession to show through Bond`s surface aplomb. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
2/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
3/4 80% Singles (1992) There is something new here, and very fresh. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2014
2/4 46% The Babe (1992) It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 58% The Sandlot (1993) In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 7, 2014
3/4 83% Major League (1989) It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) The Naked Gun is hugely funny, but it`s also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
1/4 12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) The impoverishment here is not merely of means, but of spirit. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 4% Wired (1989) Given the impossibility of his assignment, Michael Chiklis doesn't do half badly as Belushi -- he`s clearly a better actor, though not necessarily a better comic, than the original -- but otherwise Wired can claim only camp value. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 0% Folks! (1992) [Director Kotcheff] treats material that might have been effective as dark, nightmare comedy as something bright, bouncy and frivolous, an approach that kills all the laughs and turns shock into mere tastelessness. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 4% Cool World (1992) A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) A Stranger Among Us is eerily devoid of precisely the kind of urban detail and atmosphere that has always given Lumet`s work its authority, even when his storytelling falters. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 3, 2014
1/4 0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) Jaws is looking a bit long in the tooth these days. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 81% A Few Good Men (1992) By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) With such canny scene-stealers as Gwynne, Smith, Pendleton, McGill and Chaykin filling out the cast, it is very hard for My Cousin Vinny to go wrong, and indeed, for the purpose of pleasant Saturday night entertainment, it does not. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 86% Heat (1995) An odd though often entertaining blend of The Asphalt Jungle and Oprah, a traditional cops-and-robbers story weirdly fitted out with long, earnest discussions of interpersonal relationships. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) No longer a study in swashbuckling bravura, it is a depressive political allegory in which wit is as rare as a ray of sun in the gray British sky. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1/4 44% Three Amigos! (1986) It's the laziness of the project that's finally most galling. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 94% Fargo (1996) From the camera angles to the set design, everything is calculated to make the viewer feel superior to the cloddish, geeky characters on display. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 21, 2014
90% Omar (2014) This gripping Palestinian thriller evokes Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Wages of Fear (1953) Turning the screws with a relentlessness that impresses even in this age of the ruthless, high-tech thriller, Clouzot strings together situations of vividly, almost sadistically imagined danger. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) The most profoundly Catholic of contemporary filmmakers, Scorsese has here imagined a world without the slightest notion of sin-everything is permitted, and he is both fascinated and appalled by the total freedom of his characters. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/4 88% Titanic (1997) If computer-generated special effects have overpowered human-generated drama, Cameron seizes that dangerously cold technology and recasts it as dream and delirium, profoundly human in its sources and longings. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3.5/4 88% Platoon (1986) There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2014
No Score Yet An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat) (1928) Clair's talent would not survive long into the coming of sound, but at this point in his career he seems marvelously assured, creative, and playful. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) Despite the emphasis on Oedipal conflict, the film expresses no desire to enter the grownup world; happiness here is associated with eternal adolescence, following the '70s (and now, apparently, '90s) ideal. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 13, 2014
61% About Last Night (1986) The shocks of recognition are largely absorbed by the standard narrative structure that replaces Mamet's blackouts; the characters, instead of functioning as archetypes, look underwritten, half alive. ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 88% RoboCop (1987) RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching. ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 7, 2014