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Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Itzhak (2017) Good music and good company make "Itzhak" a pleasure, though those seeking a methodical career overview should look elsewhere than this genial personality sketch of the world-famous violinist.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
88% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) Compelling enough while you're watching it, frustrating then forgettable once it ends, this is a work that wouldn't command much attention if it came from any other director.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Showdown in Manila (2018) Pedestrian (at best) in content and execution, including listless, sometimes inept staging of key action elements.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
0% Acts of Violence (2018) [A] slick and well-paced if uninspired time-filler ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
No Score Yet Nostalgia (2018) While it would be unfair to call this feature a two-hour compilation of crying scenes, it comes awfully close to being just that.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
0% Stratton (2018) Solidly pro in overall packaging yet cliched, pedestrian and indistinct in specific contributions, this thriller never finds (let alone raises) its own pulse.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
92% Rat Film (2017) Artfully assembled and often entertaining, the diverse whole nonetheless doesn't quite gel, with the film finally coming off as somewhat pretentious and heavy-handed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
97% Ethel & Ernest (2016) The care and affection with which Mainwood and his collaborators (notably animation director Peter Dodd and art director Robin Shaw) adapt already endearing material carries the day.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
78% Antiporno (Anchiporuno) (2017) Viewers seeking titillation are much less likely to be satisfied than those who'll appreciate this surreal, aesthetically bold gizmo as the latest left-turn in its creator's idiosyncratic career.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
73% Beyond Skyline (2017) Fast-paced and colorful enough to rate as a solid guilty pleasure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
54% Bullet Head (2017) A film that somehow manages to be fairly watchable, yet nonetheless really needed intervention from the conceptual stage onward.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
0% Gangster Land (In the Absence of Good Men) (2017) Given the gradually upticking arc of his opuses' IMDb ratings to date, Woodward should finally score a 6 out of 10 sometime next year. He's got the perspiration part down; surely inspiration can't hold out much longer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
50% Kepler's Dream (2017) There's plenty of intrigue on the New Mexico ranch our heroine is shunted off to in "Kepler's Dream," but little suspense is wrung from it in this tepid family drama adapted from a well-reviewed YA novel by Juliet Bell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
97% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) An entertaining documentary, though its thesis isn't entirely convincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Slumber (2017) A promising buildup is eroded by too many rote jump scares, leading to a conventionally hectic and silly climax further undermined by an inappropriately campy, late-arriving performance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
38% 24 Hours to Live (2017) So long as you turn your thinking cap off, this high-energy enterprise will provide plenty of less-than-highbrow fun.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
No Score Yet Remember Me (2017) ... [Rita Moreno's] unpredictable performance in an underwritten role gooses things to an amiable degree.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
71% The Price (2017) But the complex overall themes here are dealt with in such abrupt fashion that their treatment ultimately feels superficial. Still, you can hardly indict Onah for trying to make complex themes briskly palatable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) This well-crafted doc makes for an absorbingly bizarre footnote. One suspects we are living in a historical epoch that is going to provide many such footnotes for some time to come.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
92% Wait for Your Laugh (2017) "Wait for Your Laugh" pays fond tribute to a tireless trooper whom generations have known mostly as a wisecracking second banana often funnier than the bigger stars she supported.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) Too much of "11/8/16" feels superficial and unmemorable, despite the range of talents of the filmmakers and the interviewee demographics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
60% Let There Be Light (2017) The Sorbos, and benefactor Hannity, eventually soften their scare tactics in old-school tearjerking and a tech/design package that's above-average for the genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
57% Acts of Vengeance (2017) Revenge for the death of family members is a frequent boilerplate hook for mid-budget action movies, and that formula could hardly get a more perfunctory recycling than in "Acts of Vengeance."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% Never Here (2017) Though it drifts off into the ozone at the end, for most of its running time, "Never Here" is a low-key but effective psychological thriller which flirts with that looming issue of the social-media age: privacy, and the invasion thereof.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
86% Haze (2017) A somewhat pulpy drama, but it's effective nonetheless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
57% Blood Money (2017) It eventually summons up enough seriocomic neo-noir perversity to comprise a fun, semi-guilt-free ride.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
71% Cold Moon (2017) An eccentric mix of veteran actors, Southern Gothicism and neo-noir lends "Cold Moon" a certain charm as a ghostly revenge thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
70% Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017) The first 90 minutes or so here are gold ... even if fans might wish for more detail on the dizzying number of fabled bands Clapton formed and/or played with over a 10-year span.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
77% Realive (2017) ... "Realive" ultimately aims to be all about matters of the heart, and in that realm [writer/director Mateo] Gil's imagination proves disappointingly limited.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
33% Leatherface (2017) An earnest and well-crafted attempt at course-correction, straying from stock slasher recyclage to provide a different story that actually connects a few dots in the very tangled cinematic "Chainsaw" universe to date.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
No Score Yet Omertà (2017) Mehta's freely imagined biopic provides a fascinating Rorschach of a figure who is, unfortunately, truly a man for our times.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
No Score Yet Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari) (2017) A likably ramshackle, seemingly semi-improvised "free adaptation" of co-scenarist/star Adrian Schiop's semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences in Bucharest's Roma slum.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
No Score Yet The Journey (2017) Packing a lot into a short narrative time span without seeming overstuffed, "The Journey" comes close to mawkish contrivance now and then but always stops short.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
50% The Motive (El autor) (2017) Cuena's neutral tone does little to maximize the black comedy or suspense in the story, making for a film with a great hook that plays as just a mildly outré divertissement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
89% Journey's End (2018) Few stage staples from 90 years ago would easily translate to the screen today, yet R.C. Sherriff's once near-ubiquitous "Journey's End" proves potent as ever in this sturdy new adaptation ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
99% Jane (2017) Goodall remains an unassuming character whose apparent rock-steadiness ... underlines the conviction of her hard-won knowledge.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
96% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) Though at first glance this ironically-sweet-and-very-sour mix might seem unappetizing, even repellent, it soon becomes fascinating in its oddball complexity‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
43% The Lodgers (2018) As a ripe chunk of pure baroque atmosphere, this lushly staged costume chiller is a fragrant beauty indeed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
70% Sheikh Jackson (2018) Dangles something fun, only to deliver something sober, neither angle well-realized enough to make a satisfying whole.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
No Score Yet Breath (2017) There have been plenty of good surfing documentaries, but very few good dramas about the sport - a short list on which "Breath" instantly earns a prominent spot.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Mary Goes Round (2017) "Mary Goes Around" handles its story beats with a canny mixture of rueful humor, warmth and realism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
36% Wetlands (2017) Apparently moviemaking keeps getting easier while writing keeps getting harder - "Wetlands" being yet another example of a film whose surface technical polish can only do so much to gloss over the coarse, clumsy screenplay that flummoxes its cast.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Adventures in Public School (Public Schooled) (2017) Greer proves a resourceful comedienne, as usual, and a colorful array of supporting characters are nicely turned. The film's biggest single asset, however, is newcomer Doheny ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
94% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2017) This is a fetishistically precise recreation of a dead retro style, with no substance on the menu beyond the second-hand or accidental.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
36% You Disappear (Du forsvinder) (2017) An initially absorbing, increasingly exasperating study of a family man whose actions grow inexplicable and indefensible after it's discovered he has a brain tumor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
56% The Cured (2017) Mostly it plays as a somber drama about grief, guilt and self-loathing, with both lead figures shell-shocked in their way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
No Score Yet Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga terre des âmes) (2017) "Hochelaga" is trickily structured and flamboyantly staged almost to a self-conscious fault, but nonetheless likewise rewards with a rich cinematic banquet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
89% Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) (2017) Practically every character is an argument for mercy killing in this bilious tale, which holds attention despite its somewhat rough-hewn assembly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
71% The Ritual (2017) Surely the best Yank-directed horror movie about English blokes terrorized by monsters in Romania-posing-as-Sweden that you'll see this year.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
81% Mom and Dad (2018) Tanscends mere bad-taste humor to become one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia, destined for the same cult-classic status accorded "The Stepford Wives," "Parents" and "Heathers."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017