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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Whose Streets? (2017) Vividly conveys the siege atmosphere that can trigger reckless, "retaliatory" violence. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet Dark Skull (Viejo calavera) (2016) What might have easily become a familiar if worthy exercise in peasant miserabilism acquires an otherworldly quality via arresting imagery and enigmatic, fragmented storytelling. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (2017) An engrossing, ultimately poignant chronicle ... ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 18, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) Brandt impressively limns a character whose intelligence and complexity are always evident, along with a sometimes dislikable brittleness. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 13, 2017
No Score Yet Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) Leading Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is profiled in Mr. Gaga, possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since Pina. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2017
86% My Father, Die (2017) Not all of it works, but this is a bold and talented debut, all the more impressive for transcending (while embracing) some shameless exploitation tropes. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2017
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) [Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 29, 2016
No Score Yet City of Dead Men (2016) The combination of raves, hallucinogens, wild youth, and pagan rituals in a creepy former mental asylum ought to add up to something a lot more exciting than "City of Dead Men." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2016
83% Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer? (2016) Marson's lively narrative employs a lot of diverse voices as well as a surprising amount of archival footage in telling a story that's ethically complex yet easy to follow. All tech and design contributions are nicely turned. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 13, 2016
36% Sugar Mountain (2016) Polished without ever achieving much in the realm of suspense or emotional involvement. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 10, 2016
100% The Cult of JT LeRoy (2014) Sturm draws on a rich array of material to assemble a first documentary feature that's fascinating on numerous levels. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 8, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) A franchise-aspirational horror opus that takes too long establishing its premise, then peters out in a climactic jumble of scare-free digital effects. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2016
75% SiREN (2016) An energetic and entertaining exercise that could spawn its own spin-offs. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 3, 2016
11% Run the Tide (2016) Competently crafted but uninspired ... ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) An admirably lean-and-mean execution of an elemental horror story. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2016
100% Off the Rails (2016) Though the film eventually grows as repetitious as its subject's habit, this odd tale has an undeniable bizarro human-interest fascination. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2016
96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) While hardly the first and unlikely to be the last cinematic word on its subject, this finely crafted docu may well long stand as the most balanced among such treatments. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 7, 2016
100% Orange Sunshine (2016) A shadowy organization that kept the hippies dosed at the height of the '60s counterculture is brought to the light of day in this entertaining documentary. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 19, 2016
10% ClownTown (2016) Arguably less scary than "Big Top Pee-Wee." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016
86% Closet Monster (2016) A most auspicious debut. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2016
No Score Yet Rage (Ikari) (2016) An astute mixture of multi-strand drama and murder mystery that engrosses for two solid hours. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
76% Colossal (2017) "Colossal" takes diminishing advantage of an amusing premise, one that seems made for satirical treatment yet is executed with an increasingly awkward semi-seriousness the characters aren't depthed (or likable) enough to ballast. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda, albeit one unlikely to travel as widely as some of his past subjects. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
67% Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016) The fascination of puzzling out a compulsive fire-setter's motivations keeps "Pyromaniac" absorbing, even if the film itself provides precious few answers in that regard. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) This ludicrous costume shoot-'em-up only inflates its whopping clichés and anachronisms by placing them in the incongruously deployed IMAX format. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2016
60% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) Wilson delivers a hardworking performance that nonetheless can't render a familiar character type fascinating enough in a vacuum, with so little support in the writing. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2016
85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Ovredal's first English-langauge feature makes good on the promise of his homegrown 2011 fantasy action hit "Trollhunter." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2016
No Score Yet Headshot (2016) Fans of extreme Asian genre action won't care that things eventually grow somewhat predictable and repetitive: In terms of sheer, punchy physical vigor, "Headshot" is a knockout. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2016
0% The Headhunter's Calling (2016) Never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016
60% Strange Weather (2016) There's not much beyond pretty scenery and forced "grittiness" to distract from the hollow histrionics at the heart of "Strange Weather," whose clumsy signifiers include being set during a long, hot drought. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016
22% (Re) Assignment (2016) Gracelessly mashes together hardboiled crime-melodrama cliches and an unintentionally funny "Oh no! I'm a chick now!!" gender-change narrative hook. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016
57% The Belko Experiment (2017) As a self-aware guilty pleasure, "The Belko Experiment" may not quite seize greatness, but it does give it a playful squeeze. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016
57% The Limehouse Golem (2016) As busy and artificial as Victorian interior decor at its most excessive, "The Limehouse Golem" is similarly rather too much of a posh good thing. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet The Oath (2016) [An] assured suspense drama, which sports little of the blackly comedic streak usually associated with its maker ... ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
75% Carrie Pilby (2016) This is awfully soft stuff, its navel-gazing protagonist not nearly as unusual or delightful as we're meant to think despite the high IQ she can't stop referencing. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Though its marquee names and trenchant social satire will prove most potent on home turf, "I Am Not Madame Bovary's" often sublimely ridiculously progress ... ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016
44% Level Up (2016) Though its take-away impact may be flimsy, "Level Up" does suggest that Randall ... has the facility and confidence to handle more substantial material, as well as a bigger budget. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2016
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) "Vengeance" is well-crafted good fun - and good proof that you don't need more than two hours or $100 million to give ticket buyers their money's worth in popcorn thrills. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2016
No Score Yet Women Who Kill (2016) A drolly amusing, lightly macabre variation on the standard lesbian romantic comedy. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2016
100% The Unseen (2016) A nicely crafted if not entirely satisfying drama of a man struggling to retain any connection to human society. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2016
82% Front Cover (2016) If there isn't much subtlety or surprise in Yeung's screenplay, his direction is graceful enough to make this a pleasant if unmemorable bittersweet love story. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2016
33% Skiptrace (2016) Glossy, colorful, and forgettable, "Skiptrace" is the kind of movie that gives you your money's worth in sheer eager-to-please entertainment even as you roll eyes at the nth kick-to-the-crotch gag. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 28, 2016
95% The Love Witch (2016) It's a lovingly crafted ode to little-loved cinema that's secure enough in its obscurantist nostalgia to make a sly joke of its occasional anachronisms ... ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2016
75% Brahman Naman (2016) Diverting if seldom hilarious. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2016
79% The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) While "The Alchemist Cookbook" certainly won't be for everyone, it will surely delight and surprise those who can grok its idiosyncratic content. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2016
No Score Yet Ovarian Psycos (2016) Doesn't plumb deep or long enough among these lives to achieve the full inspirational impact it's aiming for. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 4, 2016
75% Yarn (2016) This slender documentary's surprising disinterest in exploring related larger topics ultimately makes for a very superficial treatment of its subject. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
33% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) This autobiographically inspired tale of a wealthy Jewish family in Tehran suffering under Iran's shift to fundamentalist Islam, which played in print as hard-hitting but nuanced, now feels like a simplistic, somewhat pandering melodrama. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev (2016) Incorporating archival footage dating back several decades alongside its predominant vérité observations and concert footage, "Kingdom" is juicy without being disrespectful, the backstage dramas ultimately secondary to the thrill of the music itself. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) An awkwardly revealing act of subversion that is arresting however you take it: as propaganda deconstructed, failed or turned into a tragicomedy whose most stinging indictments lie mostly in what remains unseen. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016