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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet A Beginner's Guide to Snuff (2017) The problem is that this watchable indie isn't all that funny, clever or surprising despite its outré premise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
No Score Yet The Feels (2017) As a comedy, "The Feels" has considerable sprightly appeal, although it could have used slightly more assertive visual packaging.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet Midnighters (2017) As a thriller driven by constantly worsening straits, it's not as cleverly twisty as it would like to be, nor are the well-played characters granted enough dimensionality for their dynamics to be all that surprising or convincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
No Score Yet Wallflower (2017) This culture-clash snapshot provides a moving if also mysterious portrait of fragile mental health snapping tether entirely amid the alien environs of blithe hedonism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
No Score Yet American Folk (2017) The film belatedly emerges as one of the stronger fictional statements on 9/11.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
100% Better Watch Out (2017) Seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
17% Air (2015) Its middling plot twists and atmospherics fail to ratchet up as much tension as Edo Van Breeman's score tries to evoke.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
25% Camera Obscura (2017) [A] promising if imperfect debut feature.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
45% Awakening the Zodiac (2017) Scant action arrives until the last half hour, and then it's frequently preposterous; with minor fine-tuning, some climactic peril here might easily play as slapstick.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
No Score Yet Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) Channels and sustains the energy of restless youth while communicating the distinctive qualities of a community that carried collectivist 1960s ideals into a new generation, even as it rejected any vestige of their hippie parents' music.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
No Score Yet Strad Style (2017) Thoroughly disarming and rewarding, despite a borderline-exasperating reluctance to fill in the most basic blanks regarding our subject's past and present circumstances.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) An amiable, fast-paced entry that should win over fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Brimstone & Glory (2017) Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski's first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary that should delight niche viewers across many cultural borders.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story (2017) Often feels like a narrative feature - one that engrosses even as its complex central figure defies full understanding.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide (2016) Gripping and discomfiting, this first directorial feature by the veteran editor is the kind of diaristic inquiry that can seem self-indulgent but here sports a fearlessness that transcends vanity - at times it's downright unflattering.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
No Score Yet Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017) "Caught" provides a fascinating albeit extreme illustration of the intersection between fame, greed, copyright and technology in the internet age.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
No Score Yet Bobbi Jene (2017) "I want to get to the place where I have no strength to hide anything," she says of her work. Yet as a portrait of real life, "Bobbi Jene" doesn't require her to be very revealing, and she doesn't volunteer it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
No Score Yet Becoming Who I Was (2017) The endearing, guileless personalities of the two principals constitute much of the film's appeal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
97% Burden (2017) Despite (or even partly because of) that diffident air, a portrait of the artist emerges that's complex, somewhat mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
93% Obit (2017) Entertaining if a bit conventional in its anecdotal structure and slightly cutesy tone, these 95 minutes should appeal to the same public that happily spends half the day reading the Sunday Times ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
No Score Yet Mrs K (2017) Equal parts "Taken"-style thriller and old-school marital-arts/triad-meller homage, it's expertly crafted good fun that should appeal to genre fans across many borders.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
No Score Yet We Go On (2016) This uneven but watchable effort stars Clark Freeman as a man of many phobias whose terror of death leads him to find out more about the afterlife than he wanted.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
No Score Yet Infinity Baby (2017) As another in-joke whose punchline probably wouldn't be that funny even if there was one, it's unlikely to expand Byington's small coterie of admirers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
No Score Yet Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) A nonfiction-focused director and cinematographer frequently attracted to the intersection between artistic expression, nature, and spirituality (however unarticulated), Riedelsheimer is well-matched to Goldsworthy's methods and interests.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
73% The Void (2017) After a promising start, this enterprising but overstuffed endeavor drifts increasingly into a muddled sci-fi mystical horror hybrid that only gets more confusing as it grows more thematically ambitious.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
55% Here Alone (2017) Though there's not a whole lot of plot here, Ebeltoft makes a virtue of writing economy, and director Rod Blackhurt maintains considerable interest as well as a consistent low hum of tension.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
47% Bokeh (2017) We're stuck for eternity with two perfectly decent people who, it seems, just aren't very interesting company. Not even for each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
80% Dig Two Graves (2017) If you don't think too hard about it afterward, "Dig Two Graves" impresses on the whole, its general flavor closer to something like a spookier "To Kill a Mockingbird" than it is to Stephen King territory ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
No Score Yet Parents (Forældre) (2016) Parents may feel a bit uneven and over-ambiguous as a whole, but its off-center mix of slightly black comedy and drama is never less than interesting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
No Score Yet 68 Kill (2017) Not everyone will enjoy this slide down a narrative garbage chute lined with thorns. But viewers and programmers with a taste for midnight-movie outrageousness will cotton to its mix of sleaze, quease and bad-taste absurdism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
100% Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) It certainly does have a grotesque stranger-than-fiction tale to tell, one that will duly keep any viewer with an ambulance-chasing bone in their body somewhat guiltily riveted to the tube.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
No Score Yet Spettacolo (2017) One would like to spread the golden sunlight that suffuses Malmberg's photography on a piece of bread, with prociutto, and have it for lunch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% Lake Bodom (Bodom) (2016) "Lake Bodom" is not so much a slasher film as a meta-slasher film, toying knowingly with genre conventions and touchstones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Madre (2016) With its generically bright look and seeming disinterest in suspenseful atmosphere or set pieces, "Madre" bungles most of its admittedly derivative potential as a combination "nanny from Hell" movies and "Rosemary's Baby."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet The Archer (2017) "The Archer" is decently enough staged, paced, and acted, though it's never gritty or shocking enough to risk being taken as seriously as it sometimes seems to demand.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood (2017) Commingling elements of fiction and documentary is the trickiest kind of creative alchemy - a challenge "Flesh and Blood" rises to with results that are consistently interesting but somewhat awkward nonetheless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
No Score Yet Lane 1974 (2017) This atmospheric and keenly observed feature captures with bittersweet lyricism the pathos of growing up subject to the whims of free-spirited grownups who themselves could use some adult supervision.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
71% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) There are no puppies, kittens or baby bunnies in This Beautiful Fantastic. That said, however, any restraint before the altar of adorableness is abandoned in writer-director Simon Aboud's sophomore feature.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
20% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Offers another theoretically noble if B-grade and somewhat propagandistic attempt to shed light on a murky historical chapter - while falling into a similar puddle of romance-novel cliches from which it can't get up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
33% VooDoo (2017) Stewart keeps screaming gamely, but the corny horrors she endures are all too tangibly visited on her by a bunch of young performers in black robes and demon makeup ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
100% Keep Quiet (2017) This fascinating documentary by co-directors Joseph Martin and Sam Blair finds a stranger-than-fiction hook for probing [a] disturbing global trend.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
75% Stray Bullets (2017) Though this suspense drama about two small-town youths who run afoul of fleeing big-city criminals feels a couple story beats short of a satisfying whole, it's admirably well-crafted within its mostly savvy limitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
30% Havenhurst (2017) Never quite finds a distinctive narrative slant or atmosphere of its own. Nonetheless, director-co-scenarist Andrew C. Erin's film will pass the time tolerably enough for genre fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
0% Eloise (2017) A slick but thoroughly uninspired helming debut for veteran visual effects supervisor and second-unit director Robert Legato.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) The very definition of a documentary crowd-pleaser, "It's Not Yet Dark" provides an appropriately poignant and upbeat account of Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice's inspiring triumph over physical limitations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet Motherland (2017) A lively and engaging glimpse at a Manila maternity ward where overcrowding and limited technological resources have forced some solutions that may not be ideal, but are admirable nonetheless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
73% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) This glossy doc uncovers very little conflict or depth in a personality more colorful than it is interesting, at least as presented here.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
83% Woodpecker (Carpinteros) (2017) While "Carpinteros" is strong enough in atmosphere and assembly, it's limited by characters who aren't developed with great complexity, and a climax that pours on a little too much credulity-stretching hyperbole.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Free and Easy (2017) Those who can roll with its measured pace and playfully nonsensical story will find the sum impact drolly diverting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
50% Kuso (2017) [An] insufferable mishmash of interwoven segments - aimless in themselves, even more so as a whole - almost entirely concerned with bodily functions and bodily fluids.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017