Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 91% El Mariachi (1993) Rodriguez has style to spare. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
2/4 37% The Presidio (1988) ''The Presidio'' becomes an object lesson in the essential interchangeability of genre conventions. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
3.5/4 93% Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991) By far the best of this year's run of ethnic independent films, Hangin' With the Homeboys transcends its drive-in title to become a compelling Cassavetes-like study of male friendship. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
2/4 69% Doc Hollywood (1991) The movie would be a lot more beguiling if it weren't so sure of itself. Its charm has the practiced, impersonal touch of the professional salesman. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/4 5% Another You (1991) There are moments in the film of almost complete entropy, when the camera is running and it is horrifyingly clear that no one has the slightest idea what to do. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/4 14% Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Seemingly endless and punishingly unfunny... - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
2/4 68% Baby Boom (1987) Shyer's direction of actors rises instantly to a level of cartoonish hysteria and descends only for occasional wet bursts of sentimentality. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
48% Crimes of Passion (1984) It holds your attention, all right, but Russell's intentionally self-defeating manner (the film only exists to make fun of itself) seems pretty pointless here. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
1/4 51% The Secret of My Success (1987) ''The Secret of My Success'' is crushingly bland. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
98% Rear Window (1954) The most densely allegorical of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces, moving from psychology to morality to formal concerns and finally to the theological. It is also Hitchcock's most innovative film in terms of narrative technique. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
67% Target (1985) It's astounding to see Arthur Penn's name attached to this piece of cheese. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2/4 79% Running on Empty (1988) A John Hughes-ish teen drama unaccountably complicated by politics and method acting. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
89% Testament (1983) Focusing on one family in a small northern California town that seems to have survived an initial attack, Littman quickly loses interest in the logic of the concept and begins pushing the sentimental pornography of death. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
4/4 97% Pather Panchali (1955) Masterfully, Ray balances a growing sense of possibility and a feeling of irreplaceable loss. Its truth is obvious, its beauty no less. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
2.5/4 68% A Shock to the System (1990) What might have seemed bafflingly inconsistent behavior in the hands of a lesser performer is here synthesized by Caine's relaxed and subtle work into a more complex characterization. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
96% The Godfather, Part II (1974) In spite of these few and fairly obvious faults, The Godfather, Part Two is one of the year's most interesting films. - Hyde Park Herald (Chicago) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3/5 87% Bhaji On the Beach (1995) This is a bit too tidy for art, but for the purposes of pleasant distraction it does just fine. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
1/4 76% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Writer-director Maggie Greenwald doesn't come up with many ideas beyond the obvious ironies of the plot, which is said to be based on a true story. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
83% The Jerk (1979) The verbal and conceptual gags... belong wholly to Martin's own brand of goofiness, and some of them are pretty funny. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
3/4 78% Wayne's World (1992) Penelope Spheeris' adaptation of Mike Myers' Wayne's World packs a surprising amount of wit and social insight along with a lot of real dumb stuff. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
87% The Warriors (1979) The Warriors admits to failures of conception (occasional) and dialogue (frequent), but there is much of value in Hill's visual elaboration of the material. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
89% The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) Well-intentioned tripe, directed with made-for-TV solemnity by John Korty. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
67% Clash of the Titans (1981) Apart from some fine slimy creeps in the Medusa episode, it's bland and toothy, with a narrative that gets bogged down in short-term action. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
34% National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) Broad, sketchlike, and arbitrarily assembled, Amy Heckerling's 1985 film fritters away the considerable credit of relative psychological realism and dramatically consistent situations built up by its predecessor... - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 90% Stand and Deliver (1988) A pretty good TV movie, smoothly directed by Cuban-born Ramon Menendez, a graduate of UCLA film school, and blessed with a charismatic lead performance by Edward James Olmos. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 52% Tequila Sunrise (1988) Towne has a tremendous gift for creating dialogue that is concise, expressive and distinctive without advertising its own cleverness, and ''Tequila Sunrise'' is worth seeing just to be heard. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/4 68% Heartbreak Ridge (1986) ''Heartbreak Ridge'' is a film of genuine substance and courage. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
75% The Gauntlet (1977) The subject is the redemption of the pop hero, and Eastwood accomplishes his purgation with wit, intelligence, and a complete disregard for the prevailing standards of realism. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
94% The Long Goodbye (1973) The film is so inventive in its situations and humor that its shortcomings - the blunt ideas at its core - don't become apparent before several viewings. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/4 71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) 'Gremlins 2'' is sloppy and inconsistent, just as it needs to be -- its bumptious, adolescent humor would wilt away if it were subjected to craftsmanship and mature reflection. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/4 92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) Irons' Von Bulow is easily the most attractive and entertaining movie heavy since James Mason`s villain in North by Northwest, a figure with whom he shares a taste for elegant homes and wry understatement. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
2/4 75% Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) ''Some Kind of Wonderful'' is a slight and forgettable film, but Hughes still has an eye for young acting talent. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
4/4 91% Something Wild (1986) It's not every day that someone goes Alfred Hitchcock one better, but in ''Something Wild,'' Jonathan Demme has done it. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/4 98% Paris Is Burning (1991) A rough-edged, talking- heads documentary, directed with skill if not polish by Jennie Livingston, that has found a topic almost unbelievably rich in cultural paradoxes and interpretive possibilities. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
1/4 71% Child's Play (1988) The filmmakers seem more than aware of the logical and dramatic deficiencies of their material, and so they flee to that last refuge of movie scoundrels: self-conscious campiness. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
90% Frenzy (1972) There's no sign of the serenity and settledness that generally mark the end of a career. Frenzy, instead, continues to question and probe, and there is a streak of sheer anger in it that seems shockingly alive. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
92% Family Plot (1976) [A] small masterpiece, one of Hitchcock's most adventurous and expressive experiments in narrative form. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
87% The Trouble with Harry (1955) Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 comedy has long been overshadowed by the masterworks that surround it, but it's a wonderful, fanciful film, the most optimistic movie he ever made -- a fairy tale among nightmares. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
86% Saboteur (1942) It doesn't really work this time, perhaps because of the weaknesses of the stars and the shapelessness of the chase plot, but there are wonderful asides on the equivalence of patriotism and paranoia and on the erotic fascination of guilt. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
80% Tsuma yo bara no yo ni (Wife! Be Like a Rose!) (1935) The complicated, innovative style poses metaphysical questions to match the moral issue -- Naruse's highly angled compositions and oddly accented editing constantly undermine his characters' place in the world. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
71% Lady on a Train (1945) Deanna Durbin [is] caught at that awkward stage when Universal seemed to have no idea what to do with the rapidly maturing girl who had been the studio's biggest star in the 30s. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
2/4 85% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Greenaway is never able to establish a real sense of evil and dread. No matter how monstrous their actions, his characters remain cartoons, which of course renders their actions much less disturbing, much more easily dismissed. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
24% The River (1984) Are there more farmer movies now than farmers? - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
100% The Inhuman Woman (L'Inhumaine) (1926) It actually registers today as a fascinating piece of period avant-garde chic with a fine sense of rhythm. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
86% Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Wears thin as it plays on, devolving into familiar showbiz sentimentality. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/4 82% La Bamba (1987) Melodrama is inherently a broad genre -- one that projects inner psychological conflicts onto towering outside forces -- and in the overall thrust of his film, Valdez excels in conveying a world dominated by a gigantic, impersonal power. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
95% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Moments of intense realism flow into passages of operatic extravagance; lowbrow burlesque exists side by side with the expression of the most refined shades of feeling. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
50% Malizia (1973) An undistinguished Italian farce. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/4 77% Candyman (1992) If Candyman doesn't live up to its potential, it does fulfill most of the Saturday night requirements. The action is swift, if excessively graphic, and Madsen proves a strong-willed, sympathetic lead. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
93% Klute (1971) As close to a classic as anything New Hollywood produced. - Chicago Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020