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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Headshot (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
0% The Headhunter's Calling (2016) Never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
22% The Assignment (2017) Gracelessly mashes together hardboiled crime-melodrama cliches and an unintentionally funny "Oh no! I'm a chick now!!" gender-change narrative hook.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
No Score Yet Women Who Kill (2016) A drolly amusing, lightly macabre variation on the standard lesbian romantic comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
96% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
75% Brahman Naman (2016) Diverting if seldom hilarious.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
80% Ovarian Psycos (2016) Doesn't plumb deep or long enough among these lives to achieve the full inspirational impact it's aiming for.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
33% Enemy Territory (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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
80% Beyond the Gates (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
83% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
No Score Yet Blood Stripe (2016) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
88% Beware the Slenderman (2016) Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary is mostly a straightforward, inevitably engrossing true-crime tale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
100% Sour Grapes (2016) [A] highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
100% The Last Laugh (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
96% Nuts! (2016) A prankishly entertaining documentary well-suited for people who think they don't like documentaries.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
No Score Yet Nakom (2017) A dramatic microcosm of the age-old conflict between progress and tradition.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2016
No Score Yet Check It (2016) Despite occasional narrative gaps, "Check It" is consistently compelling, with a brisk pace and vivid personalities making up for the occasional unanswered question.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
100% AWOL (2016) "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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
94% Strike a Pose (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
60% Burn Country (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
83% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
No Score Yet Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2015) Anita Rocha da Silveira's arresting debut feature is a fever dream of adolescent sexuality with a retro giallo flavor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
43% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
89% Another Evil (2015) "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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016