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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
22% All the Devil's Men (2018) There's a lot of double- and triple-crossing, culminating in a fadeout that seems to go one plot twist over the line of narrative coherency.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
88% Ghostbox Cowboy (2018) This original if sometimes befuddling vision blurs the line between fiction and documentary elements, conventional storytelling and improvisational collage, all to oft-bracing effect.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
28% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) There are worse Yuletide kidpics, but "Elliot" has that particular by-committee quality which can suck the goodwill right out of the room.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Astral (2018) You'll wish you could project yourself into a different entertainment dimension while slogging through "Astral."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) While some more skeptical strangers seem to think Green is wasting his time, "World" makes it easy to admire the logic of his explanation that "It's just about the value of paying attention to something."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
0% Speed Kills (2018) What's not to like? Well, everything -- unless you're the star, who seems convinced that this embarrassingly cloddish biopic-slash-thriller actually flatters both him and its subject.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
64% Weightless (2018) Despite the emotional terra firma Nivola and other cast members try to provide, this drama about a taciturn loner forced into single-parenthood drifts into the ozone.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
85% Possum (2018) The film has a striking aesthetic and atmospheric assurance that takes a particular British miserabilism into near-abstract terrain, not unlike Cronenberg's vaguely similar (if more rigorously plotted) "Spider."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
84% The Others (2001) The show belongs to Kidman, and snugly tailored as it is, she's surpassingly fine. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet Air Strike (2018) Air Strike retains elements of evident expanse and expense. Yet the final result is such a compromised jumble it's hard to tell what its full original intentions might have been.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
38% Silencio (2018) This turgid fantasy thriller, boasting scant thrills or imagination, douses a mystic time-travel concept with soap operatic hand-wringing to mawkishly unconvincing effect.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
65% Jonathan (2018) Taken on its own confidently crafted terms, "Jonathan" is an intelligent, absorbing tale that provides an impressive showcase for "Baby Driver" star Ansel Elgort.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
40% High Voltage (2018) Short on thrills and energy despite its title, this slick yet sluggish feature often seems barely interested in the horror elements that are, after all, what will primarily lure viewers in.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
11% I Still See You (2018) Newcomers will find this adapted tale's fantasy logic arbitrary, its plot convoluted, and the sum effect wildly unconvincing...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% Knuckleball (2018) While you're watching, helmer Michael Peterson effectively earns suspension of disbelief with stark atmospherics, solid performances and a persuasive escalation of panic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
No Score Yet The Church (2018) Miles Bergsma's original score is uninspired, yet probably the most professional element of this particular package.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
89% Working Woman (2018) Aviad and his co-writers manage a resolution that is satisfying without stretching credibility, or taking the film into revenge-fantasy schematics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
73% Greta (2018) Falls squarely in B movie territory but, by virtue of its two lead performers, winds up being far more enjoyable than it has any right to be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
33% Ride (2018) Competently crafted enough to work well as a résumé-builder for its participants, but also underwhelmingly conceived enough to impress viewers as little more than a forgettable time-killer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) Nonetheless, it's an entertaining and well-crafted effort from a resourceful indie team who've scored enough respectable base hits to date that one might reasonably expect them to deliver a home-run any time now.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
40% Hell Fest (2018) A competently crafted slasher film rendered instantly forgettable by its disinterest in character, plot, and motivation, let alone original ideas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
100% Rosie (2018) This small, tough film provides no easy solutions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
20% Nekrotronic (2018) The dialogue is wiseass yet witless, the action incessant minus any novelty of style, stunts, or ideas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Monsters and Men (2018) Green's gracefully assured script and direction don't formally separate the three segments, nor are they differentiated in tonal or stylistic terms...its somewhat hyperbolic title aside, Monsters and Men doesn't demonize (or sanctify) anyone.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
40% The Dig (2018) There's a whole lot of digging, but not much suspense or interest dug up in "The Dig."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) This is a satisfying, slightly mournful seriocomedy that's equal parts cynical, hopeful, and ambivalent.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) This atypical serial-killer thriller distinguishes itself in resisting thrills - let alone any actual violence - till well past its halfway point...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
60% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) The body-beautiful protagonists do have a certain animal charisma, and while loosely plotted, their doings are tightly paced and credibly ever on the edge of violence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) There will be worse movies this year yet. But "A Happening" may take the 2018 prize for being the one with the faultiest instincts, and without a single genuine moment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
57% That Time of Year (Den tid på året) (2018) The cast includes numerous formidable talents... But they're all stuck trying to fill out two-dimensional roles in a directorial package heavier on generic professional gloss than conviction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% Maiden (2018) Holmes' documentary has more than enough human interest to grip viewers with no prior interest in sailing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
60% American Woman (2018) Doesn't evince a firm enough grasp on the rhythms of lower-middle-class life in Rust Belt Pennsylvania to compensate for the over-dependence on crisis melodrama in Brad Inglesby's script.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
83% The Public (2018) Consistently engages despite the relative obviousness of its dramatic tactics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
90% Giant Little Ones (2018) Polished and lively, with just enough fresh angles to avoid feeling like a rote recycling of gay cinema tropes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
43% Tell It to the Bees (2018) A movie whose points are made in a way that might give viewers a concussion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
71% The Hummingbird Project (2019) An entertaining vehicle for vivid performances by both actors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
37% Viper Club (2018) An empathetic turn by Susan Sarandon as an anxious mother whose journalist son is being held hostage by overseas extremists is enough to hold together "Viper Club."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
74% Final Score (2018) Possibly the least political movie about terrorism ever made, "Final Score" has no ambitions beyond pure escapism, and it meets its humble goal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Skin (2018) It's a narrow treatment of a now pressingly relevant subject, but one that still rewards as a powerful, well-acted tale of personal redemption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
27% Red Joan (2019) A would-be sweeping epic that instead turns out tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
25% Mara (2018) A generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) It's an exhaustingly energetic mess in which a coherent plot and credible characters aren't even on the cluttered menu.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
33% Boarding School (2018) Movies with a novel mix of thematic elements are generally to be applauded, but not if they fail to gel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
30% Kin (2018) It's to the credit of the Bakers, screenwriter Daniel Casey, and the solid cast that this character-based core does hold the movie together, mostly sidestepping pat sentimentality and too-easy narrative solutions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
96% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) This documentary by Bay Areans Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer casts a bemused eye on different aspects of the nutria dilemma...‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
36% Blue Iguana (2018) Who wouldn't want a "Desperately Seeking Susan" meets "Reservoir Dogs"? Alas, this ends up more "The Linguini Incident" meets "The Boondock Saints," an imitation of wan imitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
17% Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) This 1987 bonanza of schlock features no less than four erstwhile Playmates of the Month, acting just as well as you'd expect. ‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) This is a striking, potent film.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% Personal Problems (2018) Uneven, sometimes disjointed, its narrative threads nowhere near resolved at the end, Personal Problems is nonetheless something rare and valuable, particularly for its era.‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
89% Araby (Arábia) (2018) An austerely beautiful, minimalist film like this either works for you or it doesn't. Initially just mildly intrigued, I eventually found Araby something of a revelation...‐ 48 Hills
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018