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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Love Witch "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
86% Brahman Naman (2016) "Diverting if seldom hilarious. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Alchemist Cookbook "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 "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
60% 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
30% 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 "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
88% 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
No Score Yet Beyond the Gates "This fun if unmemorable occult thriller sports - all too faithfully at times - both the typical pleasures and shortcomings of the movies it pays homage to. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2016
82% My Love, Don't Cross That River (2016) "It's a sweet movie - just not not wholly a "documentary" to whose reality you'd necessarily trust your own grandmother when depositing her at the rest home. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2016
No Score Yet Blood Stripe "Auberjonois' polished feature debut provides an impressive showcase for co-scenarist Kate Nowlin as a career Marine derailed by PTSD upon return to civilian life. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 14, 2016
94% Tikkun (2016) "Traitel, a first-time actor whose own background seems all too eerily apt for this character, is riveting in a demanding role with little dialogue or psychological explication to lean on. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 8, 2016
No Score Yet Beware the Slenderman "Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary is mostly a straightforward, inevitably engrossing true-crime tale. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2016
No Score Yet Sour Grapes "[A] highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2016
No Score Yet The Last Laugh "The mix of levity, serious themes, marquee names and archival materials in Ferne Pearlstein's entertaining, thought-provoking documentary should find primarily broadcast buyers in numerous markets. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
22% Ma ma (2016) "Cruz's ample star appeal buoys this flimsy vehicle to a point, but even that quality isn't infallible. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 17, 2016
97% Nuts! (2016) "A prankishly entertaining documentary well-suited for people who think they don't like documentaries. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 16, 2016
71% Those People (2016) "Joey Kuhn's feature debut is impressively polished, but its burnished surface is more highly worked than the unevenly satisfying drama beneath. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 11, 2016
No Score Yet Nakom "A dramatic microcosm of the age-old conflict between progress and tradition. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 9, 2016
No Score Yet Check It "Despite occasional narrative gaps, "Check It" is consistently compelling, with a brisk pace and vivid personalities making up for the occasional unanswered question. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2016
60% Mad Tiger (2016) "This aptly colorful documentary doesn't provide all that much insight into the act's history, and the human conflicts aren't fully illuminated, either. But it's fun entering these performers' universe even with a less than all-access pass. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2016
No Score Yet AWOL ""AWOL" holds attention with its strong lead performances, nicely etched support turns, and nuanced portrait of a downwardly mobile "heartland" Caucasian America too seldom portrayed in movies given the large chunk of the populace it encompasses. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016
No Score Yet Strike a Pose "There's undeniable curiosity value to the subject. But once its flashback aspects are exhausted, "Pose" doesn't prove all that revealing or substantial, its last third feeling like a padded over-stretch of thin material. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016
80% The Fixer "A droll ostensible mystery whose investigation (let alone resolution) takes a back seat to the revealing eccentricities of characters and communities encountered en route. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016
No Score Yet Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America "Well timed for an election year even more charged with divisive rhetoric than usual, "Accidental Courtesy" offers an entertaining and inspirational message of rapprochement ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2016
No Score Yet Alienated (2016) "Even a possible UFO invasion can't stop a married couple from bickering as usual in this irksome relationship drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2016
No Score Yet Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) "Anita Rocha da Silveira's arresting debut feature is a fever dream of adolescent sexuality with a retro giallo flavor. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2016
46% Pandemic (2016) "It does what it does quite capably ... maintaining a muscular, splattery propulsion that never descends into campily excessive gore or any other silliness despite the occasional flat line and plausibility lapse. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2016
No Score Yet Another Evil ""Another Evil" is somewhat unpredictable and nicely played, but so low-key that the comedy as well as everything else feels almost too modest for feature scale; it has the throwaway, anecdotal tenor of a droll short. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2016
94% 50/50 (2011) "Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the film's lacks, even if he can't erase them... 50/50 isn't quite worthy of this performance, but that doesn't mean it isn't occasionally elevated toward something special by encompassing it. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
100% Songbirds (2005) "Songbirds is tough-mindedly striking on several levels. Its protagonists seem not exploited or manipulated, but fully engaged by their curious autobiographical mini-musical opportunity. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
84% La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2011) "My Afternoons with Margueritte itself is hardly brain food for viewers-it's more like a still-warm, home-baked cookie, celluloid comfort food. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
82% Warrior (2011) "When most popcorn flicks wear their preposterousness on their sleeve, here's a rare one that can, even should convince you it's smart, heartfelt, real-world-grounded entertainment while still requiring a massive suspension of disbelief. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
88% The Hedgehog (2011) "Nicely crafted, The Hedgehog seldom aims to be more than a pleasant low-key diversion-at which it succeeds-so it's jolting when the story pulls an abrupt late turn that casts everything in a more serious, ambitious light. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
11% The Preppie Connection (2016) "A dramatized real-life scandal of 1980s prep-school drug dealing plays like a tepid compilation of fictive cliches in The Preppie Connection. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2016
60% Viva (2007) "You don't need to have seen the movies [Biller is] paying cheeky homage to in order to enjoy Viva. But afterward, you'll probably want to. " ‐ SF360
Posted Mar 30, 2016
71% Too Late (2016) "A supremely self-conscious genre exercise in which character and emotional depth don't seem to be on the very meta menu. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2016
No Score Yet A Stray "The writer-director's seemingly random yet never aimless narrative avoids predictable sentimental notes as well as any explicit backstory, leaving us to fill in the blanks. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2016
60% Bleed (2016) "Too derivative and not stylish enough to merit any special championing, as indie B-horror movies go, it's nonetheless nicely crafted enough to rate a cut above the low-expectation median. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2016
40% They're Watching (2016) "Neither very plausible nor scary, this found-footage exercise is nonetheless entertaining enough for a spell ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2016
92% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) "A very useful addition to public discourse at any time. But it's particularly so during this election year ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2016
5% Get a Job (2016) "This long-shelved comedy proves a disappointing mix of onscreen talent, uneven social satire and juvenile humor. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2016
No Score Yet The Waiting "There's not much real suspense stirred here by a premise that straddles recent found-footage thrillers and "Rear Window." " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2016
41% Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) "Those expecting insight into Robbins' life or career, let alone the overall self-help industry, will be disappointed by this atypically non-investigative Joe Berlinger documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2016
No Score Yet The Arbalest "Meticulous in its small-scale period detail, but never feels like more than an vaguely prankish anecdote in story or thematic terms. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2016
100% Don't Think Twice (2016) "Portraying a cutthroat business in which little is "fair," "Don't Think Twice" acknowledges the bloodshed, but applies the razor with enough empathetic delicacy to earn its cautiously upbeat fade. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
82% Don't Breathe (2016) "A muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
77% 13 Cameras (2016) "An effective variation on stalker/home-invasion thriller themes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2016
0% A Haunting In Cawdor (2016) "Though never outright dull, "A Haunting in Cawdor" manages to provide few incidents of genuine interest while leaving potentially rewarding character and thematic elements unexplored. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2016
74% Baskin (2016) "Its initial promise dissipates in a muddle of repetitious phantasmagoria and too little narrative or character development. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2016
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